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Northrop Grumman Aeronautics Systems (NGAS) has an exciting career opportunity for a Sr. Principal Mechanical Design Engineer for Weapons Integration to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position will be located at Northrop Grumman's South Bay Aircraft Design Center of Excellence (CoE) in El Segundo, CA.
You'll be joining the Vehicle Integration (VI) organization. The VI organization provides innovative research, technology development and engineering for aircraft advanced design, including mechanical design and mechanisms, thermal systems, environment control systems, secondary power systems, fuel systems, hydraulic systems, fire protection systems and electrical systems.
The selected candidate will apply electrical, electronic and mechanical principles to components and systems, including assembly, analysis, and documentation of results; construction of developmental assemblies, sub-assemblies and components; and quality testing. Supports and participates in the design, test, modification, fabrication and/or assembly of prototype electromechanical systems. Position will require travel approximately 10%.
Primary role is to serve as a mechanical designer for weapons integration on the Future Carrier Aviation (FCA) program.
The candidate will be part of a small team of mechanical design engineers supporting the preliminary design, development and integration of weapons onto the FCA platform.
Candidate will develop draft weapons requirements documentation to capture weapon payload types and quantities, weapon suspension and release equipment (S&RE), and weapon loading crew access based on initial customer input.
Candidate will also ensure these weapon requirements are represented in the overall Air Vehicle System Specification document and that they are aligned with mission systems and operational analysis to ensure weapon types, weapon quantities, and estimated weapon launch parameters satisfy target defeat requirements.
The candidate will also develop the preliminary weapon/S&RE layout configurations, preliminary Interface Control Drawings (ICDs) and overall weapon carriage and release volume/clearance requirements, and coordinate them with other aircraft IPTs (such as structures and subsystems) to help define/develop hard points for S&RE attachment, weapon bay size, weapon bay door configuration, weapon bay door drive system, door up-locks, subsystem routing, and electrical harness routing, while also ensuring sufficient weapon bay volume exists for weapon loading crew personnel to physically and safely perform required weapon loading tasks.
As needed, candidate must also attend internal program, customer and/or supplier technical exchange meetings and/or formal program milestone reviews to provide and/or obtain progress status updates.
Other responsibilities and duties include assisting IPT lead in managing team cost and schedule and mentoring junior engineers in weapons integration and mechanical design.
The selected candidate should thrive in a fast-paced work environment with high expectations, significantly diverse assignments, and collaborative/team settings across all levels.
Bachelor's Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) discipline from an accredited university and 9 years of engineering experience OR Master's Degree and 7 years of engineering experience OR a PhD. Degree and 4 years of experience.
Experience with industry standard CAD tools and processes such as NX and CATIA V5.
Demonstrated proficiency in MS Office with strong technical writing skills and the ability to communicate and present technical material to various stakeholders.
A current active in-scope U.S. Government DoD Secret security clearance is required to start with the ability to obtain and maintain Special Program Access (PAR/SPA).
Master's Degree in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering or related discipline.
Familiarity with NX CAD software
Prior weapons integration experience.
Knowledge and familiarity of weapons carriage, weapons release and weapon loading/installation
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