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Wind Tunnel Test Engineer

Company: Northrop Grumman
Location: Redondo Beach
Posted on: November 17, 2022

Job Description:

  • Location:Redondo Beach, California, United States of America
  • Clearance Type: Secret
  • Telecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • Shift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel Required: Yes, 25% of the Time
  • Positions Available: 1 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 Aeronautics Systems has an opening for a Test Engineer Data Analyst to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position will be located in Redondo Beach, CA.The Project Test Engineer (PTE) is responsible for the coordination and liaison between the design, fabrication, and test teams throughout the entire wind tunnel project lifecycle. The Project Test Engineer assists with technical planning and interpretation of Statements of Work (SOW) to derive the most efficient test execution plan. They are involved with all aspects of the effort, including project planning, estimating, instrumentation selection, procurement, shipping, transportation, data analysis, and all other tasks needed to meet the SOW requirements. A critical aspect of the position is coordinating with the model designers and stress engineers to ensure the proper test setup and the acquisition of high quality data, which is the ultimate product of the project.The Project Test Engineer is the primary point of contact for coordination with internal customers and test facilities as well. Upon traveling to offsite test facilities, the Project Test Engineer then becomes the Test Conductor for the duration of the test. Detailed documentation of all design, fabrication, and test decisions, challenges, and lessons learned are summarized by the Project Test Engineer in post-test reports and summaries.Essential Functions:
    • Provide guidance and selection of instrumentation sensors and tools to meet test objectives.
    • Setup of equipment and instrumentation in accordance with test procedures and specifications.
    • Conduct tests and record data to assist with engineering evaluation and analysis.
    • Write data reduction and processing code as needed to support special and unique testing efforts.
    • Follow test methods, procedures, and standards in the performance of tests.
    • Produce engineering documentation, reports, drawings, and schematics.
    • Develop, update, and maintain wind tunnel test processes and procedures.
    • Prepare presentations that convey project status and challenges are communicated to leadership as needed, along with contributing towards the department's technical tools and resources.
    • Works closely with the project manager to track the budget & schedule using Earned Value methods.Basic Qualifications:
      • Bachelor's degree in a STEM discipline (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) discipline from an accredited university and 5 years engineering experience, or a Master's Degree and 3 years engineering experience.
      • A current active in-scope U.S. Government (DoD) Department of Defense Secret security clearance and ability to obtain special program access is required.
      • Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of aerodynamics and performance characteristics.
      • Familiarity with aerodynamic and aero-propulsion testing methods & terminology.
      • Experience with programming in modern or engineering languages (C++, Matlab, Python)
      • Ability and willingness to travel 25% of the time.
      • Ability to read and interpret technical drawings, electrical schematics, requirements specifications and test procedures.Preferred Qualifications:
        • Bachelors/Masters Degree in Aerospace Engineering.
        • Five years of engineering experience in an aerospace engineering environment.
        • Experience with data processing and reduction methods; understanding of sampling rates and data filtering.
        • Experience with wind tunnel operations and testing methods.
        • Knowledge of specialized wind tunnel instrumentation types and their usage (force balances, electronically scanned pressure modules, hot wire anemometry).
        • Direct hands-on experience with data acquisition systems and test measurement.
        • Experience with electro-mechanical controls engineering applications.
        • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to relay technical engineering findings to senior leadership.
        • A current active in-scope U.S. Government DoD Top Secret clearance with current or previous Special Program Access. Salary Range: $92,200 USD - $138,400 USD 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 health and safety of our employees and their families is a top priority. The company encourages employees to remain up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations. U.S. Northrop Grumman employees may be required, in the future, to be vaccinated or have an approved disability/medical or religious accommodation, pursuant to future court decisions and/or government action on the currently stayed federal contractor vaccine mandate under Executive Order 14042 .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.
          • Be part of a culture that thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work.
          • Use your skills to build and deliver innovative tech solutions that protect the world and shape a better future.
          • Enjoy benefits like work-life balance, education assistance and paid time off.Did you know?Northrop Grumman leads the industry team for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope, the largest, most complex and powerful space telescope ever built. Launched in December 2021, the telescope incorporates innovative design, advanced technology, and groundbreaking engineering, and will fundamentally alter our understanding of the universe.

Keywords: Northrop Grumman, Redondo Beach , Wind Tunnel Test Engineer, Engineering , Redondo Beach, California

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