Skunk Works® Careers

What do the world’s first stealth aircraft, the world’s most advanced fighters, and the world’s fastest manned aircraft have in common? They were all imagined by “Skunks” – some of the most innovative, strategic and visionary thinkers around.

For more than 75 years, Advanced Development Programs, also known as the Skunk Works®, has been making aviation history. Today we’re seeking world class talent - from hands-on machining to design engineering - to help us continue our legacy of unmatched technological achievement.

We are entering an exciting innovation cycle and you can be part of it. Currently, there are requisitions open throughout our Palmdale, California, and Fort Worth, Texas, locations - and we are just getting started. 

Think You Have What It Takes to Be a Skunk?

Job Focus Areas Include:

  • Software Developers
  • Systems Engineers
  • Test and Integration Engineers
  • Stress Analysts
  • Aerodynamics Engineers 
  • Mass Properties Engineers
  • Electrical Engineers
  • Radio Frequency (RF) Engineers
  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Flight Controls Developers 
  • Guidance Navigation and Control Engineers 
  • Structural Analysis Engineers 
  • Propulsion Engineers

Engineer Spotlight: Meet a Skunk

For more than 75 years, Skunk Works has created revolutionary aircraft and technologies that push the boundaries of what is possible. What has been key to Skunk Works’ success? A group of “Skunks” – some of the most innovative, strategic and visionary thinkers around.

Cheryl Limas, software engineer, is one of these brave “Skunks”. As part of the Lockheed Martin Skunk Works team, Limas aids the development of software centric systems, such as the one-of-a-kind autonomous robot, SPIDER, that locates and patches tiny holes found in the Hybrid Airship’s envelope.

Her enthusiasm for supporting our service members brought Limas to Lockheed Martin. With Skunk Works’ legacy of technological achievement, Limas knew she wanted to be part of the team advancing the state of flight and technology.

“During my time at Lockheed Martin, I have been able to meet a variety of intelligent professionals that have helped aid my development as a young female engineer,” shared Limas. “I am fortunate to be mentored by, learn from, and work alongside this group of experienced and highly talented individuals.”

While there’s no sole recipe for a career at Skunk Works, Limas recommends taking advantage of every opportunity that is presented. You never know what experience might set you apart and help you in the future.