Material Process Engineer Charlotte, NC

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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.

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Job Duties:

This R&D engineering position will primarily develop crystal growth processes for materials new to SYNOPTICS. The engineer will be required to work with manufacturing personnel to develop, improve, document, and transition new processes to manufacturing. The position will also require developing a thorough understanding of the current crystal growth techniques at SYNOPTICS. Some sustaining engineering duties will be assigned in which the engineer will be responsible for an established growth process including data collection, process control, designed experiments, process documentation, and operator training. Written documentation will be required for new processes and process improvements.

The Material Process Engineer will be expected to participate in process improvement projects as a team member or lead and technical training for manufacturing employees (training may require some shift flexibility on a limited basis). The engineer will also be expected to participate in developing new business opportunities which may include responding to government solicitations and attending/presenting at technical conferences.

Basic Qualifications:

  • BS in Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry, or related STEM field with 2 years of associated Engineering experience is required.

  • 0 years of relevant experience with Masters' degree within a related STEM discipline.

  • Crystal growth or materials processing and synthesis experience with specific knowledge of solidification principles, intrinsic growth defect formation, understanding phase diagrams, and solid-liquid chemistry of oxide systems.

  • Strong grasp of engineering principles.

  • Must be a self-starter and have excellent analytical skills as well as good verbal and written communication skills.

  • Must be a self-starter and have excellent analytical skills as well as good verbal and written communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • MS or PhD is preferred.

  • Knowledge of Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing techniques.

Salary Range: $73,600 - $110,400

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.

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