Northrop Grumman is adding 350 positions to its workforce in Colorado

Northrop Grumman Corp., a global defense and aerospace company, plans to add 350 employees to its Colorado workforce.

Lauren Smith, an operations manager with Northrop Grumman in Aurora, said the company will add jobs in Colorado over the next several months and years.

“The industry is growing. We’re working on some of the most challenging and exciting missions in this industry at Northrop Grumman,” said Smith, who is a mechanical and aerospace engineer.

In September, the Air Force awarded the company a $13.3 billion contract for engineering and manufacturing work on replacing the nation’s intercontinental ballistic missile system. Northrop Grumman said it will carry out the work at its facilities in Colorado, Utah and other states across the country as part of its Ground Based Strategic Deterrent program.

Smith said the company has about 2,200 employees in Colorado and more than 90,000 altogether. It has operations in Aurora, Boulder, Colorado Springs, Buckley Air Force Base and Schriever Air Force Base.

Northrop Grumman’s programs in Colorado include supporting space mission payloads and ground systems and sustaining customers’ satellites in space. Because some of the work is classified, some positions require security clearances.

Smith said Northrop Grumman is looking for software and systems engineers as well as mechanical and electrical engineers and people with experience in guidance, navigation and control, business management and administration. About 39% of the Colorado employees are veterans.

Overall, Colorado’s aerospace industry is expanding, according to a report by the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp. Aerospace employment grew 7.2% from 2018-19 and by 19.4% from 2014-19.

And the activity hasn’t slowed this year, Vicky Lea, director of aerospace and aviation at Metro Denver EDC, has said.

Smith said Northrop Grumman works closely with universities and educators to encourage students interested in the industry and to support STEM education, which concentrates on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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