Northrop Grumman (DoD Skillbridge) - Associate Engineering Technician, Northridge, CA Northridge, CA

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.

As one of the largest global security companies in the world, Northrop Grumman is proud to help our nation's military personnel make the transition to civilian careers. Approximately 1/4th of Northrop Grumman's 90,000 employees self-identifies as veterans, and more than 1,600 are reservists. The Northrop Grumman Military Internship Program (NG-MIP) is an approved.

SkillBridge Program under Dept. of Defense Instruction 1322.29. The NG-MIP program is an opportunity for transitioning service members to gain valuable civilian work experience through an individual internship during their last 6 months of service , for up to 180 days . The Northrop Grumman Military Internship Program is open to all ranks and experience levels. SkillBridge participants are not eligible for compensation from Northrop Grumman, as they continue to receive military compensation and benefits as Active-duty service members .

Responsibilities for this internship position are:

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NGC) has developed the Northrop Grumman - Military Internship Program (DoD SkillBridge) utilizing the DoDI guidance for Skillbridge. During this program the service member will be on-site at his or her host company performing an individual internship in an entry to mid-level career type role. The service member will be on the job training supporting a work schedule equivalent to 40hrs per week. Outlined below are the Goals, Objectives, and Outcomes for the program.

Goals - Provide transitioning service members fellowship-style job skills training during the last portion(s) of their military commitment. This program is specifically designed to offer internships that result in the potential to transition to a full-time opportunity as the conclusion of the training. Interns will serve as a pipeline for high-speed, motivated military candidates into NGC.

Objectives - Service Members who complete the Intern program will be highly trained, capable, future employees that align to the specific needs of the organization and are prepared to meet the NG mission "Defining Possible" on Day.

  1. This program provides a comprehensive internship experience including professional development, networking with leadership, and training specifically focused on NG leadership principles, company history, customer/stakeholder engagement, product and service overview, and core job responsibilities.

Outcome - Offer transitioning service member a rewarding opportunity to join the Northrop Grumman team.

DoD SkillBridge Eligibility:

  • Has served at least 180 days on active duty

  • Is within 12 months of separation or retirement

  • Will receive an honorable discharge

  • Has taken any service TAPS/TGPS

  • Has attended or participated in an ethics brief within the last 12 months

  • Received Unit Commander (first O-4/Field Grade commander in chain of command) written authorization and approval to participate in DoD SkillBridge Program prior to start of internship

Northrop Grumman Defense Systems has an opening for an Associate Engineering Technician to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. The position will be in Northridge, CA . Our team works with experienced engineers, technicians, supporting sophisticated structural analysis, manufacturing, and testing of both composite and metallic materials of aerospace structures. We engineer the latest structures for military/commercial aircraft and launch structures and are leaders in next-generation structure development. Would you like to work on the cutting edge of aerospace? Come join our team!


  • Develop, maintain, and execute test plans for products ranging from components to sub-assemblies to vehicle-level systems.

  • Operate and/or support complex test systems and specialized test equipment.

  • Plans detail operations from digital models, blueprints, engineering orders, change notices, and other design releases.

  • Support gathering information for Root Cause and Corrective Action (RCCA) investigations.

  • Support the update and release process for engineering documents such as Interface Control Documents (ICDs), Interface Change Notices (ICNs), technical manuals, technical specifications, and system/subsystem documentation.

  • Support the update and release process for manufacturing documentation, e.g., Acceptance Test Plans, Acceptance Test Procedures, Assembly Instructions, based on system/subsystem designs.

  • Analyze and review data to ensure that hardware is operating as expected utilizing numerical data analysis tools to interpret test results

  • Write test reports that include test results and conclusions based on the data collected

  • Provide support to the engineering and production teams by working proactively with cross-functional teams to understand frontline problems and implement cost-saving, impactful solutions.

  • Track individual metrics, maintain notebook, capture lessons learned and undocumented process details.

Basic Qualifications

  • High School Diploma or GED and 0 years of additional education or experience

  • Ability to work on an assembly floor and/or lab environment

  • Ability to obtain DoD Secret Security Clearance and special program access within a reasonable period of time as determined by the needs of the business.

  • Strong expertise using the full suite of Microsoft Office Tools

  • Familiarity with working with electronic equipment

  • Ability to work flexible/changing schedules and weekend

  • Meets DoD SkillBridge Qualifications as per DODI 1322.29

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated ability using standard measuring equipment and power hand tools

  • Familiarity with working with test equipment

  • Demonstrated Mechanical Ability

  • Ability to multitask, prioritize

  • Active DoD Secret security clearance last investigated within 5 1/2 years and the ability to obtain special program access.

  • Ability to read and understand blueprints, technical specifications, and operating procedures

  • Ability to interpret electrical schematic diagrams and mechanical drawings

  • Experience with continuous improvement tools in Kaizen, Lean, Toyota Production lean principles

  • Experience in configuration management process using a product lifecycle management tool, e.g., Teamcenter, Windchill, StarTeam

  • Experience working with cross-functional teams in a manufacturing environment


Salary Range: $42,100 - $70,100

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.

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.