Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems Careers

Sr Composite Design & Manufacturing Engineer

Wallops Island, VA
Engineering and Sciences

Job Description

Job ID: JSD20181405-45673

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.

We are currently seeking a Sr Composite Design and Manufacturing Engineer for our Wallops Island, VA office.

Necessary Experience

Minimum 5 years of experience working as a Composite Design and Manufacturing Engineer


Specific Requirements / Experience:

  • Expertise in material selection for specific aerospace applications.
  • Composite structure design experience.
  • Experience in thermal analysis of composite structures
  • Experience in thermal protection system design and application
  • Material process experience including but not limited to: machining, welding, heat treat, annealing, additive manufacturing, etc.…
  • Experience in structural qualification tests
  • Knowledge of principles of mechanical and structural design of rocket vehicles and ability to develop associated design documentation
  • Broad understanding of composite manufacturing methods, including but not limited to: tool function, part development, layup techniques, bagging techniques, molding techniques, vacuum systems, oven curing, trimming/drilling and inspection methods.
  • Hands-on experience with composite part and bonded assembly fabrication preferred
  • Must excel at computer aided modeling and drafting as well as finite element analysis.  SolidWorks and NASTRAN experience is preferred.
  • Must have excellent communication and problem-solving skills



The candidate will support the company’s objectives concerning composite product design and manufacturing requirements

Design & Analysis Engineer:

  • Responsible for understanding requirements, composite/metallic part design and analysis for structural integrity.
  • Design of tooling, fixtures, and jigs for composite structure manufacturing
  • Utilize innovation and creativity to solve complex issues related to requirements and manufacturing methods
  • Present design and analysis results at design reviews

Manufacturing Engineer

  • Select tools and equipment necessary for composite manufacturing
  • Lead and instruct technicians and operators through the manufacturing and qualification process

Other responsibilities:

  • Responsible for hardware tracking and design for solid rocket motors and flight termination systems
  • Assign vehicle system assets to flight missions, configuration control of the systems, collection and stock and purchase components and oversight of systems during and after the missions
  • Ability to work with shop and technician staff for assembly of vehicle systems hardware sets
  • Ability to organize and track vehicle systems assets and resolve scheduling challenges
  • Ability to use general software applications to maintain records on vehicle systems items and to write requirements and reports
  • Ability to generate procedures for handling of solid rocket motors, rocket motor hardware, and qualification test plans and reports
  • Perform other related duties as assigned or required

Minimum Education:

BS Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering


Training or certification in the following may be required:

Electrostatic Discharge ESD Control

General Safety Awareness

Hazardous Materials Handlers (see Safety and Health Plan)

High Pressure Operations

Ordnance / Pyrotechnics Certification


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