Sr. Principal Process Engineer/Principal Process Engineer (Laser Diode Packaging)Saint Charles, MO

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An organization within Northrop Grumman Space Systems' Payload and Ground Systems (PGS) division, Cutting Edge Optronics is a leading provider of high-power laser diode arrays, high power pump modules and diode-pumped solid-state (DPSS) lasers. We are a vertically integrated manufacturer capable of supplying unmounted diode bars, packaged laser diodes, DPSS modules, laser diode drivers and complete DPSS laser systems. Our diode laser-based products have become industry standards and are used in a wide variety of commercial and military applications.

Learn more about Cutting Edge Optronics at our website: https://www.northropgrumman.com/who-we-are/cutting-edge-optronics/ .

Job Duties

  • Develop new manufacturing processes associated with the packaging/soldering of semiconductor laser diodes.

  • Responsible for laser diode array packaging and testing processes.

  • Assist with the automation of packaging, testing, and inspection operations.

  • Support existing manufacturing processes through hands-on interaction with operators, monitoring of yield and quality metrics, and other continuous improvement activities.

  • Interface with material suppliers and supervise the fabrication of prototypes.

Basic Qualifications (Level 4/Sr. Principal):

  • 9 years of related engineering experience with a bachelor's degree in engineering, Physics, or Material Science is required. 7 years of related engineering experience is required with master's degree, 4 years of related experience is required with a PhD, or an additional 4 years of related experience (13 minimum) may be included in lieu of degree.

  • General understanding of manufacturing processes.

  • Experience with Design of Experiments methodologies.

  • Experience with semiconductor packaging, specifically eutectic solder attach, reflow ovens, and automated bonders is preferred.

  • Hands-on laboratory experience.

Basic Qualifications (Level 3/Principal):

  • 5 years of related engineering experience with a bachelor's degree in engineering, Physics, or Material Science is required. 3 years of related engineering experience is required with master's degree, 0 years of related experience is required with a PhD, or an additional 4 years of related experience (9 minimum) may be included in lieu of degree.

  • General understanding of manufacturing processes.

  • Experience with Design of Experiments methodologies.

  • Experience with semiconductor packaging, specifically eutectic solder attach, reflow ovens, and automated bonders is preferred.

  • Hands-on laboratory experience.

Salary Range: $109,900 - $164,900

Salary Range 2: $88,600 - $133,000

The above salary range represents a general guideline; however, Northrop Grumman considers a number of factors when determining base salary offers such as the scope and responsibilities of the position and the candidate's experience, education, skills and current market conditions.

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 application period for the job is estimated to be 20 days from the job posting date. However, this timeline may be shortened or extended depending on business needs and the availability of qualified candidates.

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