Experimental Machinist 2/3 Devens, MA

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Adaptive Optics Associates - Xinetics (AOA Xinetics), a wholly-owned Northrop Grumman Space Systems, Payload and Ground Systems Division Business Unit, is currently seeking an experienced Machinist to support Xinetics activities in Devens MA.

AOA Xinetics (AOX) designs, develops, and manufactures precision, advanced optical products and systems such as deformable mirrors, optical systems, adaptive optics control systems and silicon carbide optical structures for the U.S. Government, commercial customers, and U.S. defense prime and second-tier contractors. Markets for these technologies include civilian astronomy and semiconductor capital equipment as well as defense ISR and Directed Energy.

Learn more about AOX at https://www.northropgrumman.com/who-we-are/aoa-xinetics


Reporting to the Shop Manager, the Experimental Machinist will be responsible for setting up, machining, deburring, handwork, and completing all documentation from start to finish. Working independently and within a group when required to get the job done. This position is for someone with a strong machining background who takes their job seriously and will enjoy working in a small shop, team environment where everyone is willing to help out wherever they are needed.

We machine many different types of materials from graphite, aluminum and steel, to grinding ceramics. The ideal candidate will have a programming and/or ceramic machining background have the ability to handle fragile components which are required during the build process and be able to physically set up and maneuver parts.

This position may be filled at either a level 2 or level 3


  • Set up and operate a variety of machine tools, such as 3-Axis milling machines with Fanuc and Fadal controllers, Bridgeport with Proto trak , manual and CNC grinders, Mitsubishi wire EDM.

  • Conduct machine set-ups using provided CMM data or direction from Engineer, Manager or prints, setting up and selecting the correct tooling for the job, adjusting offsets and the ability to produce parts to match the prints

  • Interpret blueprints, sketches, and engineering specifications, GD&T knowledge is a plus

  • Understanding and the ability to select the correct speeds and feeds for different materials, able to make soft jaws, clamps or other fixturing to hold odd shaped parts and able to hold tight tolerances

  • Use a variety of machinist hand tools and precision measuring instruments

  • Determine material, parts, and equipment required

  • Solve problems relative to work-holding arrangement, unusual materials, machine settings and tools

  • Maintain safe operations by adhering to safety procedures and regulations

  • Maintain continuity with peers by documenting and communicating actions, irregularities, and continuing needs, make suggestions for improving quality and production in a small shop environment

Basic Qualifications for a level 2:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent and 3+ years of manual and/or CNC Machining experience

  • Ability to lay out own work and requiring minimal supervision

  • Ability to read and interpret drawings and blueprints

  • Use of basic hand tools

  • Strong attention to detail and good verbal/written communication skills

  • Proficient Microsoft Office skills

  • U.S. Citizenship is a requirement for employment

Basic Qualifications for a level 3:

  • Same as as above, but with 5+ years of manual and/or CNC Machining experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proficiency with MasterCAM , SurfCAM , or equivalent CNC software

  • Someone who excels in a challenging environment with strong mechanical skills

  • Experience with GD&T dimensioning and tolerancing

  • Demonstrated experience in machining of ceramic and silicon carbide materials

  • Set up and operates a variety of machine tools

  • Ability to think through and machine parts that have multiple setups

Salary Range: $47,600 - $79,300

Salary Range 2: $56,600 - $94,300

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 health and safety of our employees and their families is a top priority . The company encourages employees to remain up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations. U.S. Northrop Grumman employees may be required, in the future, to be vaccinated or have an approved disability/medical or religious accommodation, pursuant to future court decisions and/or government action on the currently stayed federal contractor vaccine mandate under Executive Order 14042 https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/contractors/ .

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