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Northrop Grumman Principal Engineer Tool in Palmdale, California

At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems in air and space that impact people's lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our work preserves freedom and democracy, and advances human discovery and our understanding of the universe. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future, and have a lot of 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.

Aeronautics Systems sector is seeking a Principal Tool Engineer to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position will be located in Palmdale, CA . The Principal Tool Engineer will be a motivated project lead and team player to implement and assist major tooling operations for the assembly line. Typical candidate has a background/experience/education in project management for small and large projects in the manufacturing/mechanical engineering field and coordinating major events that rely on strong planning, leadership and great communication.

Duties include, but are not limited to: Lead and Coordination of design and fabrication requirements for tools and fixtures with customers, both internal and external. Lead and Coordinate/develop & execute test plans. Performing tolerance analysis to ensure form/fit/function. Conduct root cause failure investigations and implement associated corrective actions. Develop & evaluate process improvements. Lead and Assist Product Development Team with new product designs to ensure manufacturability, validate process/technology. Developing manufacturing processes, plans, and procedures for the fabrication of tools and equipment in support of our process work instructions and visual aids of our shop planning process and other functions that affect product performance. Lead Managing all phases of project: design, document, fabricate, assemble and validate Core Competencies - Manufacturing Methods - Knowledge of manufacturing, methods, fabrication processes (e.g., forming, stamping, machining, heat treatment, machines/machine tools, cutting tools and fluids, N/C programming, instrumentation, data acquisition and control systems). Ability to select the best method of producing parts, tools or assemblies. Verifiable performance record that includes the various aspects of assembly line operation - Coordination of design and fabrication requirements for tools and fixtures with customers, both internal and external. Computer Aided Design Tools - Basic knowledge of computer aided design tools and systems (e.g., computer aided design / computer aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM), computer aided three dimensional interactive (CATIA), Mentor Graphics, NX). Able to manipulate data sets, (e.g., compare CATIA to measurement data, create stereo lithography files). Engineering Drawings & Specs - Basic ability to read, understand, and interpret engineering drawings and specifications. Basic level understanding of GD&T.

Qualifications:

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in STEM (Science, Technical, Engineering, Mathematical) with 5 years of experience OR Master's Degree in STEM with 3 years of experience in medium to large scale tooling fabrication and/or production fabrication including composites, metallic, coatings application, and/or production manufacturing operations; OR

  • Bachelor's Degree (non-STEM) with 7 years of experience OR Master's Degree (non-STEM) with 5 years of experience in OR PhD (non-STEM) with 2 years of experience in medium to large scale tooling fabrication and/or production fabrication including composites, metallic, coatings application, and/or production manufacturing operations; OR

  • Associates Degree or High School Diploma/GED with 13 years of work experience in medium to large scale tooling fabrication and/or production fabrication including composites, metallic, coatings application, and/or production manufacturing operations.

  • This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a DOD Secret or Top Secret Clearance as well as Program Special access within a reasonable period of time, as determined by the company to meet its business needs

  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems

  • Ability to interface/communicate with multiple levels of leadership, clients, and vendors

  • Experience leading/coordinating 5+ people ranging from fabrication experts to engineering experts

  • Experience working with/interfacing with 3D CAD e.g. CATIA, NX, CREO etc.

  • Experience managing/coordinating technical projects (Cost, schedule and technical performance).

  • Understanding of Coordination of design and fabrication requirements for tools and fixtures with customers, both internal and external.

  • Experience providing innovative techniques focused on improving product designs and tooling assemblies or equipment

  • Ability to work 1st shift "5am-3:30pm" or 2nd shift "4:12pm-2:42am" and any work schedule (times may vary)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • STEM Degree (Science, Technical, Engineering or Mathematical)

  • Experience working hands-on in a production assembly line environment

  • Composite experience and process knowledge

  • Secret or Top Secret clearance preferred

  • Tool design experience

  • Direct Aerospace Tooling experience

  • Direct Experience with Catia and or NX or some CAD

  • Ability to Read/understand blueprints/GD&T in accordance with ASME 14.5

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 www.northropgrumman.com/EEO . U.S. Citizenship is required for most position.

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