Manufacturing Technician 3 San Diego, 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 Space Systems' 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: .

Our San Diego, CA location is seeking a Manufacturing Technician 3 Lead for 2nd shift to join our team.

Salary range: Lead position differential of 5% on base pay


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. Uses sophisticated programs to collect and evaluate operating data to conduct on-line adjustments to products, instruments or equipment. Determines and may assist in developing methods and procedures to control or modify the manufacturing process. Works with engineers in conducting experiments.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Handling and managing fragile composite materials

  • Tooling preparation and release application.

  • Assist in maintaining overall shop appearance and cleanliness.

  • Direct day to day activity within PCL defined projects focusing on properly sized teams, correct skillset to task, and assessing risk requiring escalation to PCL

  • Coach technicians on day to day requirements including focus on quality, understanding of requirements, punctuality, and completing paperwork.

  • Intense focus and responsibility for technician development. Responsible to drive discipline and continuous improvement of all process standards

  • Support the execution and continuously improve Daily Management (Gemba, Obeya, Stand-Ups, etc) within assigned Product Value Stream(s)

  • Maintain awareness and involvement program schedule performance including OTD and milestones.

  • Support customer proposals by providing basis of estimates for labor and schedule durations

Basic Qualifications:

  • High School diploma or equivalent

  • 5+ years' experience in composite panels with an understanding of different panel design types including solar array substrates, structural panels, and post panel fabrication process such as doubler and foil bonding.

  • Demonstrated Mechanical Ability.

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

  • Ability to work under limited supervision.

  • 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.

  • Must be a US Citizen

Preferred Qualifications:

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

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

  • Ability to multitask, prioritize.

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

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

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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