Flight Test Engineer


Website Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems

Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems has an opening for a Flight Test Engineer to join the team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position will require occasional business travel to Melbourne, Florida.
The selected candidate will develop and publish Integrated Test Plans, detailed test plans, test schedules, and test procedures for developmental testing.
Essential Functions:
  • Provides laboratory support for integration testing
  • Supports and hosts test planning working groups
  • Interfaces with test article design and analysis teams to define test configuration and data requirements
  • Reviews and evaluates test requirements to ensure completeness of test program
  • Performs technical analysis of complete systems and prepares comprehensive system level evaluations
  • Supports test card development and review in collaboration with other engineering disciplines and test operations personnel
  • Supports test readiness reviews, and pre/post-test briefings
  • Provides mission control room support and makes real-time decisions regarding safety, efficiency, and effectiveness
  • Conducts and contributes to pre and post-test data analyses to support anomaly identification and resolution
  • Maintains metrics on status of testing and constraints
  • Individual will be required to serve as either a principal subject matter focal point between maintenance, design engineering, and test site team – contractor and customer
  • Individual must be able to work under only general direction to determine and develop approaches to solutions
  • Must be able to work both within a team environment and independently
  • Overtime, odd shifts, and weekend work will occasionally be required
The selected candidate should thrive in a fast-paced work environment with high expectations, significantly diverse assignments, collaborative/team settings across all levels.  Candidate must be comfortable in a lab environment and be able to collaborate closely with system engineers, hardware designers, and integration/test engineers.



Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) discipline from an accredited university and 2 years of applicable engineering experience OR
  • Master’s Degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) discipline from an accredited university
  • A current DoD Secret or Top Secret/SCI level security clearance, to include a Single Scope Background Investigation, a periodic reinvestigation, or an original adjudication date completed within the last 6 years
  • The ability to obtain program access prior to start
  • Overtime, odd shifts, and weekend work will occasionally be required


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering
  • In depth knowledge of or test experience, to include control room monitoring, in one of the following disciplines: AV Subsystems, Guidance, Navigation & Control, or Air Vehicle Propulsion & Performance
  • Professional experience with Integrated Analysis & Data System (IADS), Visio, or CATIA
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Willing to learn additional engineering discipline areas
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal skills, and the ability to interface with all levels of employees and management



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