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Northrop Grumman Engineer Structural or Principal Engineer Structural in Plymouth, Minnesota

Northrop Grumman is seeking a Structural Engineer for our location in Plymouth, MN. We are open to hiring at either an Engineer or Principal Engineer level.

Job Description Summary:

The development of smart armament systems, designed to increase the competitive advantage of our armed forces, is accelerating. This has increased the need for a structural analyst who has a passion for technology development, paired with demonstrated expertise in design excellence. This team member will drive to continually outperform the competition and exceed customer expectations while acting with integrity, loyalty, and respect.

As an Engineer the analyst will utilize thermal and structures analysis tools to aid the Armament Systems design team with the development of smart weapons systems. Analytical support of the mechanical design process typically requires any number of finite element analysis approaches. The candidate shall be able to assess the design problem, work with the Subject Matter Expert to formulate an analysis approach and utilize a suite of tools ranging from linear static to non-linear dynamic of both the implicit and explicit solution types. In addition, implicit dynamic solution types such as modal, harmonic, spectrum and random vibration may be required to support modeling the entire design life cycle.

In addition to structural analysis, thermal loads often need to be considered. The thermal loading can have a variety of sources including aero heating from hypersonic ballistic applications.

Experience with metallic and conventional molded plastic materials is required but knowledge of molded and wound fiber reinforced plastics and their modeling would be desired. The reinforced plastic analysis experience with application to printed circuit boards a plus.


• Work with our Subject Matter Experts to develop a finite element analysis approach and solution to our thermal and structural problems based upon an understanding of the technical principals and determine the analysis type and tools required to evaluate a wide variety of numerical modeling problems which utilize a variety of materials including composites.

• Required work flow includes the development of structural models, meshing, selection of boundary conditions and constraints, selection of applicable material properties, selection of proper simulation code and methodology, interpretation of analytical results, and recommendation for design improvements.

• Support innovation by applying the most effective analysis technology to new smart munition product development.

• Become part of the product team and form close working relationships by understanding the whole system function and presenting solutions and design direction to the design community in an insightful and timely manner.


Basic Qualifications:

Engineer Level:

  • 2 Years with BS; 0 Years with Masters in Mechanical Engineering

  • Prior experience utilizing thermal and structural analysis

Principal Engineer Level:

  • 5 Years with BS; 3 Years with Masters; 0 Years with PhD

  • Prior experience utilizing thermal and structural analysis

Preferred Experience for both levels:

  • Experience with ANSYS and ABAQUS

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 positions.

Job Category : Engineering