Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems Careers

Sr Structural Analysis Engineer

San Diego, CA
Engineering and Sciences

Job Description

Job ID: JLH20180910-48073

At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems that impact people’s lives around the world today, and for generations to come. 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 look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future, and have fun along the way. Our culture thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work — and we have an insatiable drive to do what others think is impossible. Our employees are not only part of history, they’re making history.

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.

NGC, Innovation Systems,San Diego is currently seeking a Senior Mechanical Engineer to join our Analysis team.

Job Summary:

Highly motivated structural analysis engineer for composite structures and assemblies with the following responsibilities:

  • Assess the structural integrity of metallic and composite structures using traditional closed form solutions, as well as finite element analysis (FEA)
  • Interact with design and development teams (teams include specialists in Design, Quality, Materials, Manufacturing) to create and verify creative design solutions that meet all requirements (technical, cost, schedule)
  • Generate Finite Element Models and perform FEA for normal modes, linear static stress, dynamic response/stress, thermo-elastic distortion, and hygroscopic distortion
  • Support development of flight hardware from preliminary through detailed design, drawing release, manufacturing, integration, verification testing, and transportation
  • Plan and oversee material characterization tests of various materials used in the design of composite structures
  • Reduce material characterization test data into analysis input properties and material capability properties
  • Prepare and make presentations summarizing structural assessment results for internal review boards and external customer design reviews
  • Assist in assessment and disposition of discrepant hardware and hardware anomalies


  • Must be a self-starter and possess strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work independently and as part of a team
    • Identify opportunities for continuous improvement with a focus on customer service excellence
    • Excellent oral and written communication, computer, documentation, and presentation skills are required
    • Ability to make sound decisions
    • Detail Oriented
    • Ability to multi-task
    • Ability to prioritize and manage time effectively


  • BS degree in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering and 4 years’ related experience
  • or MS degree in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering and 2 years’ related experience
  • Research/coursework in finite element theory, composite laminate theory, and dynamics a plus
  • 3.0 GPA or higher

Experience Preferred:

  • MS in Mechanical Engineering or Aerospace Engineering
  • 2+ years’ experience in aerospace manufacturing facility
  • Knowledge of Femap, NX Nastran, Altair Hyperworks, NX, and Matlab
  • Experience with aerospace structural construction using metals, sandwich panels, composite materials, plastics and bonded joints
  • Ability to receive a security clearance

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.


Job Type: Full Time
Desired Travel: less than 25%
Years of Experience: 5-8 Years
Education: Bachelors
Expertise: Engineering
Group: Space