Sr Principal Engineer: Electrical Software Gound Support Equipment (EGSE) - Tactical Space Systems - Dulles

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United States-Virginia-Dulles, United States


Full Time

a month ago

Job description


RELOCATION ASSISTANCE: Relocation assistance may be available


TRAVEL: Yes, 10% of the Time


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.

Due to significant program wins in the lunar area, we are seeking a Electrical Software Ground Support Equipment (EGSE) Engineers. These positions will be located in Dulles, VA.

In this role you will be responsible for developing software for automated test equipment to validate flight hardware. You will work closely with hardware and software engineers to understand component and satellite designs and create test set solutions that effectively and efficiently test them.

Job Responsibilities:
Under moderate supervision, you will be responsible for:

  • Lead the software development efforts in National Instrument LabVIEW of individual Test racks and other equipment from the requirements definition to design, build, test.
  • Design of software for component test equipment (CTE) using National Instrument LabVIEW.
  • Support of the test and integration debug for flight and non-flight spacecraft electronics at the circuit card assemblies (CCA) and higher-level assemblies.
  • On occasion be responsible for ensuring that the technical requirements, cost, and schedule for the CTE system development is achieved
  • Work closely with the Test Engineer and UUT Design Engineer to ensure the CTE system will validate the circuit cards and/or electronics system under all environmental testing
  • As part of a design team, be responsible for the end-to-end design, debug, test, and certification of CTE system
  • Have the responsibility for the documentation development and release of the CTE system

To be successful in this role you should have:

  • Experience designing test automated Test Software using National Instruments LabVIEW
  • Strong past software engineering experience
  • Ability to lift and install cabling, junction boxes, and other electrical equipment
  • Test Engineering experience
  • Good electrical skillset
  • Good communication skills
  • Experience working in small teams
  • Experience reading cabling drawings, wiring diagrams, and circuit schematics

In this role, you will join a team of 2-4 EGSE Engineers and take little direction from the EGSE Software Engineering Manager.  You will also interface with the subsystem engineers to obtain design requirements.  Early on, there will software development work that requires scripting and automation of instruments to perform test sequences according to a test plan.  The next phase will be spent in a lab performing integration with the UUT, and troubleshooting any problems with the automated test suites.

Sr Principal Engineer

  • Requires BS in a STEM field (ideally Electrical, Software, or Computer Engineering) with 9 years of experience; or Master’s degree with 7 years of experience; or a PhD with 5 years.
  • US Citizenship
  • Proficiency in an industry standard Programming Languages (i.e. C/C++, Python, LabVIEW, etc.) Position will require being able to create/code projects independently

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience developing instrument drivers and test scripts for use in ATE/CTE
  • Strong programming skills using LabVIEW, TestStand, and LabWindows CVI and/or C/C++
  • Experience developing test application software to interface with test equipment COTS along with instrument drivers
  • Experience in the test and debug of hardware and software systems
  • A fundamental understanding of general and specialized test equipment to include Signal Generators, Logic Analyzers, Oscilloscopes, DMMs, switching matrices, and Power equipment.
  • Experience working in an AGILE/SCRUM environment

The Northrop Grumman Tactical Space Division is a strategic partner specializing in commercial and classified partnerships with the design, delivery, operation and sustainment of satellites and human spacecraft.  We support science and space exploration through our various partnerships, including NASA’s Artemis program with the goal to return humans to the Moon.  Recognized as an industry leader, we also develop highly specialized space and satellite components. 

Northrop Grumman offers a competitive and robust benefits program.

As a full-time employee of Northrop Grumman, you are eligible for our robust benefits package including:


Dental & Vision coverage


Educational Assistance

Life Insurance

Employee Assistance Programs & Work/Life Solutions

Paid Time Off

Health & Wellness Resources

Employee Discounts

Flexible Schedules (For example the ability to work a 9/80 work schedule, which allows an employee to work a nine-hour day Monday through Thursday and take every other Friday off of work)

For more details please visit our total rewards site or chat with one of our recruiters to learn more.





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Salary Range: $133,000.00 - $199,600.00

The above salary range represents a general guideline; however, Northrop Grumman considers a number of factors when determining base salary offers such as the scope and responsibilities of the position and the candidate's experience, education, skills and current market conditions.

Employees may be eligible for a discretionary bonus in addition to base pay. Annual bonuses are designed to reward individual contributions as well as allow employees to share in company results. Employees in Vice President or Director positions may be eligible for Long Term Incentives. In addition, Northrop Grumman provides a variety of benefits including health insurance coverage, life and disability insurance, savings plan, Company paid holidays and paid time off (PTO) for vacation and/or personal business.

The application period for the job is estimated to be 20 days from the job posting date. However, this timeline may be shortened or extended depending on business needs and the availability of qualified candidates.

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 all positions with a government clearance and certain other restricted positions.

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