Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems Careers

Electrical Engineer

Greenbelt, MD
Engineering and Sciences

Job Description

Job ID: JSD20182008-47119

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.


OCI, the Ocean Color Instrument, began development in 2001 at NASA’s Instrument Incubator Program (IIP).  This instrument development has passed iPDR in May 2018.  The instrument is a unique step forward in ocean color observations in that instead of observing discrete bands of wavelengths, OCI measures bands from 350 nm to 900 nm at 5 nm intervals.  This provides higher resolution, more data and more flexibility in how the data is ultimately used.  The instrument also measures discrete bands between 1200 and 2200 nm, in the short-wave infrared range, which are used for atmospheric assessments and corrections.

OCI FEE Engineering Support

A mixed signal electrical engineer is required for the Front End Electronics (FEE) of the Focal Plane Assembly (FPA). The FEE is one of the key components of the OCI instrument due to the requirements for high SNR at low signal level, high dynamic range, low crosstalk and low susceptibility to circuit and environmental noise. Analog amplifier chains, DC restoration circuits, filters, analog to digital converters, clock drivers and bias conditioning circuits are the key element in the FEE. The electrical engineer’s primary job duty is to work with the FEE team members to design and test the FEE electronics. The work includes design, trouble-shooting, test station development, testing and integration of the FEE into the FPA. The electrical engineer will also help to generate test plans, test procedures, work order authorizations and test reports.

Job Responsibilities

  • Have experience with GSFC space flight hardware development, especially on Earth Science projects.
  • Thorough knowledge of and experience with analog and digital circuit design and analysis.
  • Capable of trouble shooting complex mixed-signal electronic circuits.
  • Capable of developing test software to test/validate space flight hardware.
  • Understand GSFC space flight hardware development workflow and WOA process.
  • Understand GSFC quality assurance process and procedures.
  • Understand GSFC problem reporting and analysis process.
  • The engineer shall be available to attend weekly FEE and FPA team status meetings, design reviews and other related technical meetings.


Efforts include:

  • FEE architecture development support.
  • FEE circuit board design and testing support.
  • Help FEE test engineer to establish FEE test apparatus.
  • Work with FPA and OCI mechanical group for FEE circuit packaging
  • Work with OCI thermal group to support FEE thermal design and analysis.
  • Identify, develop and configure test equipment to support FEE and its key components testing and characterization.
  • Generate FEE circuit part lists and support FEE circuit worst case analysis and FEE parts stress analysis.
  • Support to generate and perform test procedure and WOA.
  • Support Focal Plane Assembly if so is required during FEE/FPA integration

The candidate shall be comfortable working in a high paced dynamic development environment, hardworking, dedicated and a good team player. 

Education and Experience

Requires BS in Engineering & 2 years or Masters in Engineering.

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: 1-3 Years
Education: Bachelors
Expertise: Engineering
Group: Space