Engineering Technician 1Charlotte, NC

At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems that impact people's lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our pioneering and inventive spirit has enabled us to be at the forefront of many technological advancements in our nation's history - from the first flight across the Atlantic Ocean, to stealth bombers, to landing on the moon. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future, and have fun along the way. Our culture thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work - and we have an insatiable drive to do what others think is impossible. Our employees are not only part of history, they're making history.

An organization within Northrop Grumman Space Systems' Payload and Ground Systems (PGS) division, SYNOPTICS is the world-wide leader in the growth, fabrication, and coating of crystalline materials used in laser systems. These "solid-state" laser crystals are used in products ranging from medical lasers to military laser systems. The Charlotte facility has been operating for over 40 years in the laser industry and has developed the reputation of providing the highest quality products with timely deliveries. Within the facility, solid-state oxide and fluoride crystals are grown from a high-temperature melt. SYNOPTICS has full optical fabrication capabilities for various plano and spherical geometries. SYNOPTICS serves the photonics and optics industry across the globe.

Learn more about SYNOPTICS at our website: https://www.northropgrumman.com/space/synoptics/ .

Job Responsibilities:

  • Operate all area equipment to perform testing, evaluation, and production as needed.

  • Perform routine maintenance on coating chambers and measurement equipment.

  • Support the manufacturing with on-the-floor presence, involvement, and decision-making

  • Modeling and reverse engineering of as-deposited coating designs and results

  • Communicate quality concerns to management or supervision in a timely manner.

  • Audit processes, create, or update area documentation as needed.

  • Perform dimensional as well as passive laser measurements.

  • Provide appropriate test data and reports to Management Team.

  • Use Spectrophotometry to qualify coatings and evaluate controls.

  • Interpret engineering prints to ensure specific deliverables are met.

  • Monitor and control critical process parameters through yield analysis and proactive run reviews.

  • Generate process improvements and solve technical issues in timely manner, using accepted problem-solving techniques and sound engineering practices.

  • Develop and participate in team projects to improve processes to enhance quality or reduce cost.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Must be detail oriented, self-motivated, strong work ethic, positive attitude, and willingness to learn.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills including working knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Word.

  • Ability to work with small parts - visual acuity and manual dexterity skills are required.

  • Analytical thought process; data-driven and results-oriented.

  • Regular, punctual attendance is required as well as overtime and shift flexibility when required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 3 years of experience working in manufacturing preferred.

  • Thin film design experience preferred.

  • Experience with optical coating processes, deposition software and hardware strongly preferred.

  • Previous optical metrology experience strongly preferred.

Salary Range: $41,600 - $69,300

The above salary range represents a general guideline; however, Northrop Grumman considers a number of factors when determining base salary offers such as the scope and responsibilities of the position and the candidate's experience, education, skills and current market conditions.

Employees may be eligible for a discretionary bonus in addition to base pay. Annual bonuses are designed to reward individual contributions as well as allow employees to share in company results. Employees in Vice President or Director positions may be eligible for Long Term Incentives. In addition, Northrop Grumman provides a variety of benefits including health insurance coverage, life and disability insurance, savings plan, Company paid holidays and paid time off (PTO) for vacation and/or personal business.

The application period for the job is estimated to be 20 days from the job posting date. However, this timeline may be shortened or extended depending on business needs and the availability of qualified candidates.

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 http://www.northropgrumman.com/EEO . U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.