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Northrop Grumman Principal Composites Manufacturing Engineer (2nd Shift) - Space Components in San Diego, California

Embark on a career putting innovative, reliable, and agile products and ideas into orbit, and beyond. Northrop Grumman has opportunities waiting for you that play a vital role in human space exploration, national defense, and scientific discovery, supporting multiple programs across the universe. With us, you'll discover a culture of curiosity and collaboration that will have you Defining Possible from the day you start. Our space systems connect and protect millions of people on earth every day, now and for the future. Explore your future and launch your career today.

At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems and technology that impact people's lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our work preserves freedom and democracy, and advances human discovery and our understanding of the universe. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future, and have a lot of 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 are making history.

Northrop Grumman offers a competitive and robust benefits program. As a full-time employee of Northrop Grumman, you are eligible for our robust benefits package including:

  • Medical, Dental & Vision coverage

  • 401k

  • Educational Assistance

  • Life Insurance

  • Employee Assistance Programs & Work/Life Solutions

  • Paid Time Off

  • Health & Wellness Resources

  • Employee Discounts

  • Flexible Schedules: For example the ability to work a 9/80 work schedule, which allows an employee to work a nine-hour day Monday through Thursday and take every other Friday off of work

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The Northrop Grumman Tactical Space Division is a strategic partner specializing in commercial and classified partnerships with the design, delivery, operation and sustainment of satellites and human spacecraft. We support science and space exploration through our various partnerships, including NASA's Artemis program with the goal to return humans to the Moon in 2024 and the TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) program that has discovered more than twenty confirmed plants. Recognized as an industry leader, we also develop highly specialized space and satellite components.

The Space Components Business Unit is seeking a Principal Composites Manufacturing Engineer to assist an experienced team of engineers to perform manufacturing and design engineering on one or more spacecraft systems or subsystems. This position is for 2nd shift .

This position is located in San Diego, CA .


  • Plans, directs, and coordinates manufacturing processes on factory (manufacturing) floor

  • Develops, evaluates, and improves manufacturing methods, utilizing knowledge of spacecraft design, composite materials, composite fabrication and processes, tooling and production equipment capabilities, composite assembly methods, and quality control standards.

  • Designs manufacturing workflow, layout of equipment and workspace for maximum efficiency.

  • Authors detailed manufacturing work instructions that define the specific processes to manufacture hardware.

  • Creates complete and accurate bill of materials (BOM) for manufactured hardware

  • Communicates with design staff regarding product design and tooling to ensure efficient production methods.

  • Creates purchase requests and partners with vendors to determine product specifications of equipment, materials, or parts, and evaluates products according to specifications and quality standards.

  • Support proposal effort by estimating production times and related costs to provide information for management decisions.

  • Effectively communicates with management, engineering, and other staff regarding manufacturing capabilities, and other considerations to facilitate and improve production processes.

  • Applies statistical methods to estimate future manufacturing requirements and potential improvements.

  • Ability to work 2nd Shift (1:30pm-10:30pm)


Basic Qualifications:

Bachelor's Degree in STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Math or related area (Degrees in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering highly preferred) and 5+ years of experience, Master's Degree and 3+ years of experience.

Preferred Qualifications :

  • Experience must include lay-up, machining, assembly and inspection of composite flight materials and hardware.

  • Capable of representing an organization as a technical contact and interact with program teams and leadership as the technical expert for the manufacturing process.

  • Knowledge and application of continuous improvement philosophy, methodology, and tools.

  • Skilled at technical problem solving, including formal root cause and corrective action identification and implementation.

  • Ability to read, interpret and create engineering drawings with proper application of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T).

  • Strong organizational and time management skills to successfully engage in multiple programs simultaneously.

  • Effective communication within teams, cross-functional collaboration, and leadership skills.

  • Proficient in MS Office - (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project)

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens as defined by ITAR (22 CFR •120.15).

  • Prefer CAD experience (NX-10/Team-center or other CAD experience).

  • Active DoD and Top Secret CSI clearance highly preferred OR must have the ability to obtain a DoD and Top Secret CSI clearance.

  • US Citizen

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Job Category : Engineering