Sr. Principal Test Conductor

    • Palmdale, CA

At Northrop Grumman we develop cutting-edge technology that preserves freedom and advances human discovery. Our pioneering and inventive spirit has enabled us to be at the forefront of many technological advancements in our nation's history - from the first flight across the Atlantic Ocean, to stealth bombers, to landing on the moon. We continue to innovate with developments from launching the first commercial flight to space, to discovering the early beginnings of the universe. Our employees are not only part of history, they're making history.

The Specialty Test Team is looking for a level 4 Test Conductor to lead a team of Technicians thru all phases of component level to full scale Structural Testing. The selected candidate must poses good communication skills and a team centric approach. Candidate shall possess the skills and experience that will enable him to interface with Engineers and lead a multi-discipline team of technicians in the development, modification, assembly and check-out of Test Stands used in the Structures Laboratory. Candidate must have verifiable Structural Test experience and a deep understanding of hardware and methodology used in closed loop hydraulic load controls, test set-ups in addition to familiarity with data acquisition hardware as well as related sensors, IE: LVDT, Strain Gages, string Posts Load cells Torque Transducers, etc.

The selected individual is expected to work with minimal engineering direction and oversight. As a Test Conductor the candidate is expected to provide mentorship and leadership beyond the technical scope of our SOW. Candidate must poses the soft skills that will enable him to manage the task at hand in addition to interpersonal issues.
Duties as follows.....
• Lead a team thru the development, fabrication and assembly of mechanical and electromechanical components, sub-assemblies, systems and full scale test stands.
• Spearhead the development and documentation of sub-system and system test methodology.
• Preside over / conduct test and integration efforts, execute to test plans
• Ensure that the crew maintain compliance with Operational as well as Environmental Health and Safety directives.
• Recommend modifications to components or test set-up or procedure to meet desired Test Objectives.
• Prioritize, plan, organize and assign tasks and ensure proper and safe execution
• Participate in talent transfer efforts, Mentorship assignments.
This position requires multiple shift operations and overtime work. Individual must be able to meet and maintain the specific process certifications to support daily task assignments.


Basic Qualifications:

• High School Diploma or General Education Diploma (G.E.D) plus 13 years of exempt experience in Testing, as a Technician, Test Conductor or Engineer; or 9 years with a Bachelors; 7 years with Masters; 4 years with PhD
• Verifiable leadership experience, leading a crew, structural / flight test or an integration / R&D environment.
• Familiarity with Mechanical Engineering, Assembly and Test Operations department (standard) operating procedures/policies
• DoD, Secret clearance, in scope within the last 5 yrs. and capable of obtaining and maintaining special program access
• Must be able to work from EWPs at elevated heights and for extended period of time.
• Must be able to lift 30 lb.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Leadership position, 6 yrs. Structural Test experience, set-up thru test execution.
• Extensive Hydraulic system, set up and checkout experience.
• Verifiable Technical lead experience, leading a crew
• DoD, Secret clearance, in scope with SAP, Strike

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