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Sr. Principal Flight Test Engineer

Are you interested in expanding your career through experience and exposure, all while supporting a mission that seeks to ensure the security of our nation and its allies? If so, then Northrop Grumman is the place for you. As a leading global security company, we provide innovative systems, products and solutions to our customers worldwide. We are comprised of diverse professionals that bring different perspectives and ideas, understanding that the more experiences we bring to our work the more innovative we can be. As we continue to build our workforce, we look for people that exemplify our core values, leadership characteristics, and approach to innovation.
Northrop Grumman Technology Services sector is currently seeking a highly motivated Senior Principal Flight Test Engineer to join our team of qualified, diverse professionals in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The selected candidate will become a part of our C-130 avionics Maintenance and Modernization activities. Come be a part of our team!
The C-130 Avionics Modernization Program is a retrofit modification program designed to upgrade USAF C-130 aircraft with improved Automatic Flight Control Systems, Pitot-static and navigation systems. The effort is intended to align USAF C-130 aircraft to ADS-B requirements, address aging systems while integrating existing systems and capabilities.
The System Modernization and Engineering Support (SMES) business unit (BU) provides innovative aircraft platform solutions to a broad range of military and derivative aircraft. The SMES BU includes the Maintenance and Modernization operating unit in Warner Robins, GA, and the Sustainment Engineering & Technical Center (SETC) in Oklahoma City, OK.
The selected candidate will provide support to all flight test activities, to include test planning, test conduct, real-time data monitoring, post flight data processing, and reporting on test results. Additionally, the Flight Test Engineer will be required to provide training and mentorship for other members of the test team.
This position is contingent upon award and is expected to start in April of 2019.
  • Develop, direct and author the Avionics Modernization strategic test plan in support of program Test and Evaluation Master Plan
  • Provide oversight for development of test plans / test cards to ensure safety and efficiency
  • Conduct pre-flight briefs to efficiently coordinate complex air vehicle testing with large team of aircrew and engineers.
  • Coordinate post-flight debriefs to collect relevant test data and ensure lessons learned are captured for future testing
  • Fly test missions as qualified test crew members in the C-130 aircraft
  • Execute test missions as a qualified test conductor during real-time, flight test missions
  • Coordinate with scheduling, maintenance, engineering, and telemetry support throughout the planning and execution of flight test missions
  • Monitor flights in a real-time environment to ensure testing is performed safely and that all knock-it-off and safety of test parameters remain within allowable limits
  • Coordinate group training events to encourage continued learning within the test team
  • Mentor Flight Test Engineers as Test Conductors and Data Monitors during real-time and simulated control room events
  • Incorporate lessons learned and process improvements to maintain / improve safety and efficiency within the team
  • Provide support for post flight data processing and analysis as required to support mission objectives
  • Provide support in generating data releases and reports to be provided to Northrop Grumman and USAF engineering
  • Approximately 25% travel will be required to the Warner Robins Systems Test location and also discreet detachments lasting several months to U.S. government customer flight test locations.


Basic Qualifications:
  • Must have one of the following:
    • Bachelor's degree in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) discipline with a minimum of 9 years of relevant aviation and/or test & evaluation experience
    • Master's degree in a STEM discipline with a minimum of 7 years of relevant aviation and/or test & evaluation experience
    • PhD in a STEM discipline with a minimum of 4 years of relevant aviation and/or test & evaluation experience
  • A minimum of 2 years' experience supporting real-time test operations
  • A minimum of 2 years' experience developing experiment or test planning and reporting results in technical documentation
  • Must be able to work on-site in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma or in Warner Robins, Georgia
  • Must have or be able to obtain a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Secret security clearance
  • Must be able to travel (about 25% of the time) to the Warner Robins Systems Test location and must also be able to travel as part of a discreet detachment lasting several months to U.S. government customer flight test locations.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience with C-130 aircraft
  • Familiarity with ADS-B standards, requirements and verification methodologies
  • Familiarity with navigation system verification test methods
  • Familiarity with Pitot-static system verification methods
  • Aeronautically adaptable as non-aircrew crewmember by meeting or holding at least an FAA Class 3 medical certification
  • Experience generating technical documents and working with various software/data processing tools such as Microsoft Office, Matlab, and other various programming languages.
  • Experience working in an AS9100-certified Quality Management System
  • Experience with group collaboration tools such as ShareCenter/SharePoint
  • Experience adapting and managing flight test instrumentation display formats.
  • Background of performing manned flight test activities with the USAF.
  • USAF or Navy Test PilotSchool (TPS) graduate
  • An active DoD Secret security clearance
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.
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