Principal Test Engineer - Aeroscience Project Test Engineer

    • Redondo Beach, CA

At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on groundbreaking systems in air and space that impact people's lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our work preserves freedom and democracy, and advances human discovery and our understanding of the universe. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join efforts to invent the future, and have a lot of fun along the way. Our culture thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work - and we have an insatiable commitment to do what others think is impossible. Our employees are not only part of history, they're making history.

Northrop Grumman is seeking a highly qualified, mission oriented Aeroscience Project Test Engineer located in Redondo Beach with responsibilities including but not limited to the following:

The Project Test Engineer (PTE) is responsible for the coordination and liaison between the design, fabrication, and test teams throughout the entire wind tunnel project lifecycle. The Project Test Engineer assists with technical planning and interpretation of Statements of Work (SOW) to derive the most efficient test execution plan. They are involved with all aspects of the effort, including project planning, estimating, instrumentation selection, procurement, shipping, transportation, and all other tasks needed to meet the statement of work requirements. A critical aspect of the position is coordinating with the model designers and stress engineers to ensure the proper test setup and the acquisition of high quality data, which is the ultimate product of the project.

The Project Test Engineer is the primary point of contact for coordination with internal customers and test facilities as well. Upon traveling to offsite test facilities, the Project Test Engineer then becomes the Test Conductor for the duration of the test. Detailed documentation of all design, fabrication, and test decisions, challenges, and lessons learned are summarized by the Project Test Engineer in post-test reports and summaries.

The Project Test Engineer also tracks the project budget & schedule using Earned Value methods with assistance from the project manager. Presentations that convey project status and challenges are communicated to leadership as needed, along with contributing towards the department's technical tools and resources.


Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelors of Science in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) discipline and 5 years of relevant experience OR 3 years with a Masters degree
  • Willingness to travel 25% of the time
  • Candidate must have an active DoD Secret clearance upon hire

Preferred Qualifications
  • Master's degree in Aerospace Engineering
  • Active Top Secret clearance
  • Strong communication skills and ability to relay technical engineering findings to senior leadership
  • Ability to work well within team; be adaptive and effectively communicate with various personality types
  • Experience with wind tunnel testing
  • Programming background in at least one of following: Matlab, C++, or Python
  • Familiarity with Earned Value Management Systems
Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit . U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.

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