Quality Inspector 1 - Deployables Oxnard, 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.

An organization within Northrop Grumman's Payload and Ground Systems (PGS) division, Spacecraft Components is a leading designer, producer, and supplier of spacecraft components that power and enable satellites of all classes. Products include spacecraft panels, bus structures, precision optical structures, deployable structural systems and mechanisms, solar arrays, and antenna reflectors. Our products are on virtually every U.S. satellite built in the last 20 years. Learn more about Spacecraft Components at our website: https://www.northropgrumman.com/space/spacecraft-components/ .

The team in Oxnard , CA has an opening for a Quality Inspector 3 / 4 to join the PGS Division. The Quality Inspector 1 will perform required inspections (visual, dimensional, load tests, etc.) on mechanical, electrical or structural components or systems to ensure conformance with the quality requirements for spacecraft and associated systems, in support of construction, overhaul, integration and repair contracts. This position reports to a Supervisor or Manager, and works under general supervision and/or the direction of a Lead Inspector.


  • Uses predetermined methods, operations, setups and prescribed specifications to inspect visually in-process and completed products such as electronic units and subsystems, precision electromechanical assemblies or mechanical units, subassemblies, structural flaws, internal defects, and missing welds

  • Perform required inspections (visual, dimensional, load tests, etc.) on mechanical, electrical or structural components or systems to ensure conformance with the quality requirements for spacecraft and associated systems, in support of construction, overhaul, integration and repair contracts.

  • Uses various measuring devices, such as caliper, micrometer, comparator, gages, pin gages, and other inspection tools including Coordinate Measuring Machine

  • This job has decision-making responsibilities with regard to the acceptance or rejection of work and tests performed and the determination of measuring equipment used.

  • Inspects and performs tests on mechanical, electrical or structural components and assemblies related to spacecraft and sub-assemblies

  • Inspections vary from close tolerance dimensional checks to general surveillance of the work in progress.

  • Accepts, rejects, or reworks defective or malfunctioning units or systems

  • Works from blueprints, diagrams, dial indicators, preset micrometers, scales, fixtures, customer specifications, drawing or inspection instructions and checklists

  • Monitors and verifies quality in accordance with statistical process or other control procedures

  • Performs line clearances after each lot to ensure all materials from the previous lot have been removed

  • Performs other duties such as calibration maintenance and/or records maintenance as directed

Basic Qualifications:

  • High School diploma or equivalent and 0 years additional education and/or related experience

  • Must be willing and able to transition to 2nd shift within 6-8 months from start. (Shift Differential of 5% will be applied with transition to 2nd shift (2nd Shift hours: 1:30pm - 11:00pm PST)

  • US Citizenship required

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong Computer skills

  • Ability to read and comprehend detail control plans, work instructions, drawings, Bill of Materials, Specifications and related criteria.

  • Good written and oral communication skills with the ability to interface across the organization to achieve effective results

  • Experience working in a team environment to solve problems and balance workloads.

  • Experience with electronics workmanship standards such as IPC-A-610 and IPC-A-620 and other related specifications

  • Experience in Aerospace manufacturing, mechanical assemblies, and/or electronic assemblies.

  • Experience using DCC Coordinate Measuring Machines

  • Experience assembling and analyzing CMM inspection data/output in support of planned or unplanned inspection tasks

Salary Range: $39,900 - $66,500

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/ .

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.

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