Principal Engineer Electrical

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Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation-related systems to customers around the world. Our main products include launch vehicles and related propulsion systems; missile products, subsystems and defense electronics; precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition; satellites and associated space components and services; and advanced aerospace structures.

Job Summary

Seeking an engineer to work in the Guidance, Navigation, & Control (GNC) section. This position will require an individual to be able to work individually and work in a team environment. Applicant will work on a variety of projects, typically multiple at any one time. Applicant will be the Attitude Control System or Command Uplink System engineer for sounding rocket missions. The application will support system development throughout the entire mission life cycle including launch at remote sites. Travel is required. Typical travel to the remote launch site lasts 3 to 6 weeks.

This position requires the ability to understand and apply a broad range of technical disciplines to GNC problems. These areas include but are not limited to: control systems design and analysis, attitude and navigation solutions, software (C and others, real-time applications), electrical design, mechanical systems, cold gas pneumatics, and various sensors including rate gyros, inertial measurement units, star trackers, solar sensors, accelerometers, and magnetometers. The applicant's specific technical contribution is expected to be primarily in the software and electrical hardware design area. However, other technical expertise may be a good fit for this position. The applicant also must be able to adeptly communicate GNC concepts within the program and to the customer in written, oral, and presentation formats. The Applicant will be working with high pressure pneumatics systems.

This position supports NASA's Sounding Rocket Operations Contract (NSROC III) at the White Sands Missile Range. Depending on an individual's background and experience, an initial, approximately 1 yr assignment at Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, VA may be required prior to posting at White Sands. NSROC III supports approximately 20 sounding rocket shots per year. This program supports a range of scientific and government experiments. Missions are flown from a variety of launch sites including Wallops Island, White Sands Missile Range, Poker Flats Rocket Range, Alaska, Kwajalein, and Andöya, Norway.

Job Responsibilities

  • Applies comprehensive knowledge of engineering concepts, procedures and practices to GNC problems.
  • Participate in technical design/modification negotiations with customers.
  • Present system designs and analyses to customers and a variety of technical disciplines.
  • Performs system integration and testing of in-house and subcontractor-supplied ACS and BGS systems.
  • Analyze post-flight data and redesign or modify equipment to improve performance.
  • Perform integration tests to validate assemblies.
  • Design, development, manufacture, refurbishment and evaluation of hardware relevant to ACS sensors and pneumatics.
  • Work with data from various attitude sensors including particularly a roll gimbal mounted fiber optic gyro with on-board flight computer.
  • Develop the ability to support the design of software for attitude control systems and associated hardware and support equipment.
  • Contribute to the development of new components, assemblies, and systems. Also develop engineering specifications for applicable projects.
  • Test control systems which includes high-pressure hardware and electro-mechanical components relevant to the control of payload attitude.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree (BA/BS) in Engineering, Physics, or Computer Science
  • Demonstrated C Programming capability
  • Demonstrated electrical hardware capability.
  • MATLAB experience
  • MS Office proficiency
  • 4 years engineering experience or more

Preferred Qualifications:
  • 5 years engineering experience or more
  • MS or higher in related discipline (reduces experience requirement).
  • Real-time system development
  • GNC related experience

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