Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems Careers

Associate System Safety & Launch Integration Engineer

Dulles, VA
New Grad

Job Description

Job ID: MDV20180404-44870

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.


Are you looking for an opportunity to learn and work on nearly every satellite that Northrop Grumman is designing, building, testing, and launching? Do you want experience with diverse space missions ranging from commercial communications, earth, solar and interplanetary science, space logistics and human spaceflight? Do you want to learn about the parts, components, and subsystems that make up a space vehicle, as well as how the vehicle interacts with both the launch vehicle and ground system? If so, look no further than the Systems Safety and Launch Integration department in Space Systems Group’s Systems Engineering Directorate.

The Associate Systems Engineer is responsible for developing key SE deliverables, and supporting/leading system-safety activities (including ground safety, range safety, and flight safety), or launch integration activities, for assigned programs. These efforts will include interacting as part of a multi-disciplined engineering team developing the space system architecture (& constituent elements) for existing flight programs, as well as new business concepts and proposals. Furthermore, these efforts may include launch campaign support at remote launch sites.


  • Apply the systems engineering process to define and verify space vehicle and ground segment requirements to ensure safe operations and conduct analyses to architect and implement a safe and robust system. 
  • Define and verify space vehicle-to-launch vehicle interface requirements and support space-vehicle launch-campaign management activities at a variety of launch sites (Kwajalein, Cape Canaveral, Vandenberg AFB, Baikonur, etc). 
  • Manage interface with customer safety and launch integration personnel (NASA GSFC/JPL/etc, US Air Force, etc), and support ground operations and launch mission working groups.
  • Interface with launch vehicle providers, including Space X (Falcon 9) and United Launch Alliance (Atlas V) to ensure each space vehicle is integrated, tested, launched and operated safely and reliably.
  • Support space vehicle design/development to ensure that customer & internal goals for safety, mission success, and performance are met.
  • Analyze existing Integration and Test processes to demonstrate customer and internal requirements are met for both safety and mission success, whether at the launch site, or at our facilities in Gilbert, AZ and Dulles, VA.
  • Conduct system-level analyses to architect/design next-generation mission concepts (satellite servicing, space logistics, etc) to maximize mission success without compromising compliance with customer, government and internal flight safety requirements.
  • Describe/analyze/explain space vehicle designs to NASA and Air Force customers to explain how applicable safety requirements for design, build, and test are met.
  • Potential opportunities to support other groups within Northrop Grumman, such as Flight Systems Group (Launch Vehicles) and Defense Systems Group (Missile Systems and Components)



  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in an Engineering or related field (or equivalent experience)

Nice to Have:

  • Experience with space system design, testing or Mission Operations
  • Exposure to the systems engineering discipline (and its application for system safety)
  • Familiarity with NASA Standards (8719.9, 8719.17, 8719.12), AFSPCMAN-91-710 and/or MIL-STD-882
  • Experience in requirements development and management processes
  • Experience in development and maintenance of interface control documents and related processes
  • Experience in space system testing and evaluation (flight and/or ground testing)
  • Experience with Windchill Quality Solutions/Relex
  • Experience using Requirements Management Tools, such as DOORS

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: 0-1 Year
Education: Bachelors
Expertise: Engineering
Group: Space