Manufacturing Technician 3 Devens, MA

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.

AOA Xinetics (AOX), a wholly owned Northrop Grumman Space Systems, Payload and Ground Systems Division Strategic Business Unit, is a leading supplier of complex electro-optic and photonic systems and subsystems that control and manipulate light waves for a variety of applications.

Our talented team of engineers, managers and technologists conceive, design, develop and manufacture high precision products in an environment that requires significant collaboration and teamwork among multiple engineering disciplines.

AOX is an end-to-end engineering company that creates solutions, puts them into practice, and manufactures them. We develop solutions to some of the nation's hardest technical challenges leveraging advanced technical capabilities in optical, mechanical, software, electronics controls, systems, test and manufacturing engineering to perform applied research, engineering development, and precision manufacturing.

AOX excels in a range of applications from adaptive optical systems, deformable mirrors, wavefront sensors, and sub-nanometer precision actuators to photonic systems that acquire and process data in real time for a variety of high-availability applications. AOX's market offerings include lightweight passive and active CERAFORM™ and CERAPRINT™ silicon carbide (SiC) optics and precision structures as well as large and small precision opto-mechanical systems supporting electronics and sophisticated controls software.

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Reporting to the Manufacturing Operations Manager, the Manufacturing Technician 3 performs functions associated with all manufacturing operations, including working with engineers in set-up and calibration tasks, as well as performing rework and quality testing related to the production of parts, components, subassemblies and final assemblies for our casted (Ceraform) and 3D Printed (Ceraprint) Silicon Carbide optics and mechanical structures. The Manufacturing Technician will use sophisticated programs to collect and evaluate operating data to conduct on-line adjustments to products, instruments or equipment. They will determine and assist in developing methods and procedures to control or modify the manufacturing process. The Manufacturing Technician works with engineers in conducting experiments.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Perform functions associated with all manufacturing operations in ceramics fabrication.

  • Handling and managing fragile ceramic materials

  • Weighing and mixing raw materials

  • Preparing ceramic materials for firing in a furnace

  • Perform filing, grinding of ceramic materials

  • Assist with maintaining furnaces and processing equipment

  • Read and follow drawings, documentation and other instructions with strict adherence to procedural compliance.

  • Utilize measurement tools such as calipers, rulers, and tape measures for fabricating hardware.

  • Assist in maintaining overall shop appearance and cleanliness.

Basic Qualifications:

  • High School diploma or equivalent and or 4-6 years additional education and/or related experience

  • Strong attention to detail

  • Demonstrated mechanical ability

  • Proficient use of basic shop arithmetic

  • Able to read, write and work to written instructions, blueprints, or shop drawings

  • Excels in a team environment

  • Initiative, self-starter, adaptable, and high motivation for excellence

  • Ability to work under limited supervision

Preferred Qualifications

  • Standard computer literacy skills in Microsoft Office: Word and Excel

  • Experience working in a ceramic manufacturing environment (space/satellite structures, aerospace manufacturing environment)

  • Experience or familiarity with ISO requirements, standards, and compliance issues.

  • Experience with cranes and rigging, forklifts, and similar manufacturing equipment

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to lift/push/pull up to 50 pounds

  • Ability to be on feet for up to 8+ hours each day

  • Ability to work Overtime and Weekends as needed

Salary Range: $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 .

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 . U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.

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