Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems Careers

Sr. Electrical Engineer - RTL/FPGA/Firmware, Hardware Design

Northridge, CA
Engineering and Sciences

Job Description

Job ID: JSQ20183003-44790

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.

Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems is currently seeking a Senior Electrical Engineer - RTL/FPGA/Firmware to provide talent to our Defense Electronics Systems (DES) group in Northridge, CA.


RTL / FPGA and HW Design Sr. Engineer suppports tactical missile system development and production programs.

Key responsibilities include:

  • The desired candidate will be experienced in RTL coding using VHDL and is proficient with hardware development using state of the art both Xilinx and Altera FPGA development toolsets.  Experience with high speed communication ports is a plus.
  • Familiarity with design security features in Xilinx and Altera FPGA are an added plus as are any experience in anti-tamper and cybersecurity implementations. 
  • The candidate will also be experienced with the Mentor Graphics EDA toolset for design and simulation of circuits and be familiar with state-of-the-art programmable logic and electronic devices including high speed communication, embedded processors, and DSPs. 
  • Experience with the FPGA and HW design process from concept to test and delivery is also required.  Hardware test and integration experience in a laboratory environment will include practical usage of a variety of test equipment including Oscilloscopes, Logic Analyzers, and DMMs. Strong knowledge of programming languages including C/C++, as well as Microsoft Office is desired.  Excellent oral and verbal communication skills are required, with the ability to communicate at a detailed technical level as well as the ability to distill advanced concepts into fundamental principles for teammates.  Able to perform in a multi-disciplinary research and development environment.
  • Develops, coordinates and conducts Analog and Digital designs and evaluations of engineering design concepts.
  • Experience creating test plans and procedures for a variety of circuit card and environmental testing.
  • Develops specifications and requirements, reviews Engineering Change Proposals, and generates formal whitepapers and failure reports.
  • Oversees or participates in hardware and integration in a laboratory environment testing.
  • Supports program Engineering Configuration Change Board (CCB), Corrective Action Board (CAB) and Failure Review Boards (FRB), as required.
  • Identifies opportunities for improvement based on review of failure data and supports development and implementation of component design improvements or updates.
  • Supports design reviews and test activities, as needed. Supports subcontractor assessment, selection and coordination activities with respect to Analog and Digital needs. 

Experience and Skill Requirements:  

  • Minimum 5 years of experience in RTL/FPGA and HW product design and development.
  • BS in Electrical Engineering, MS preferred.
  • Direct Digital conversion experience / signal processing hardware experience / Data link experience is a plus.
  • Experience desired in manufacturing support, characterization, test.
  • Ability to use and collect test data using Digital Storage Oscilloscopes, Digital Multimeters, Logic Analyzers, Software Based Debugging tools, In-Circuit Emulators, RF Network Analyzers, Spectrum Analyzers, and signal generators required.  Interpretation of RF Test data and radiation patterns desired
  • Ability to read and interpret military requirements, specifications, and Engineering drawings/schematics.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to build effective working relationships with customers, coworkers, and vendors are a must.
  • Ability to communicate findings to customers and management.
  • Self-starter capable of performing assigned tasks with some direction.
  • Innovated thinker with a demonstrated ability of solving complex problems which require ingenuity and “out of the box” ideas. Ability to work with cross-functional team
  • Ability to study and understand complex electronics/mechanical systems
  • Meticulous documentation and attention to traceability skills
  • Ability to create or review presentations, emails, white papers, trade studies, and reports for content and accuracy.
  • Familiarity with Mentor PCB Design suite (DxDesigner, Layout, Simulation), Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook, Visio), and CAD tools.
  • Familiarity with Printed Wire Board and Circuit Card Assembly processes (schematic capture, layout, fabrication, assembly) from concept thru design and production and sustaining through end-of-life.
  • Ability to follow company processes and procedures
  • Active DoD Secret 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: 3-5 Years
Education: Bachelors
Expertise: Engineering
Group: Defense