Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems Careers

Sr Electrical Engineer

Wallops Island, VA
Engineering and Sciences

Job Description

Job ID: JSD20181309-47544

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.

Job Summary

Perform analysis, design, or test of one or more moderately complex or portions of complex materials, structural components, and functional systems of company products. Generally work from preliminary studies developed by higher graded engineers. Analyze requirements for materials, structural component, or functional systems. Select applicable analytical data from previous products, determine the technical principles involved, mathematically define the problem and compute the engineering characteristics consistent with the specifications, design needs and requirements of other portions of the product. Release results as design data after review by higher graded engineer. Develop original ideas and elaborate on preliminary design concepts. Evaluate completed design with supervisor and other technical groups and make modification necessary to achieve the most ideal design. Develop and coordinate the conduct of test programs requires to evaluate design work.


  • Design moderately complex electronic and electrical systems; assists in developing component and TM system standards and testing/qualification techniques.
  • Applies comprehensive knowledge of electrical engineering concepts, procedures and practices.
  • Analyze, design, and develop solutions to sounding rocket telemetry and power control systems.
  • Programming and computer application skills such as Lab-View/Windows, C, C++, C#, OrCad, Microsoft Office, Matlab and Python are desired.
  • Participate in reviews: requirement, preliminary/critical design, integration readiness and test readiness.
  • Develops appropriate test methods and documentation to evaluate, debug and check electrical and electronic systems.
  • Documents the results of complex analysis and design tasks for technical reports and formal meeting presentations.

Specific Requirements

  • Knowledge of electrical engineering discipline and flight hardware / sounding rocket experience a plus
  • Knowledge of the principles of electrical design and design of telemetry and related instrumentation systems for flight vehicles and payloads and the ability to develop associated design documentation.
  • Experience and operational proficiency with electronic equipment such as oscilloscopes, spectrum analyzers, logic analyzers, signal generators, power supplies, multi-meters, etc. as well as components such as microcontrollers, PIC’s, EPLD, PLD’s, DSP’s.  Knowledge of ground station equipment (receivers, bit syncs, decoms) and its function is a plus.
  • Researches, develops, designs, and tests electrical components, equipment, and systems; applying principles and techniques of electrical engineering.
  • Develops applications of controls, instruments, and systems for government and commercial sounding rocket programs; and of operational procedures and practices as they apply to sub-orbital rockets.
  • 20% travel is required.

Education and Experience

  • A Bachelor’s Degree (BA/BS) in Electrical Engineering and 4 years of relevant experience is required.

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: 3-5 Years
Education: Bachelors
Expertise: Engineering
Group: Space