Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems Careers

Pr. I&T Alignment Engineer

Dulles, VA
Engineering and Sciences

Job Description

Job ID: BMM20181907-46628

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.

Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation-related systems to customers around the world. Our main products include launch vehicles and related propulsion systems; missile products, subsystems and defense electronics; precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition; satellites and associated space components and services; and advanced aerospace structures.  


No design work; manufacturing production environment where Engineers coordinate system-level builds and empower touch-labor Technicians.  Daily interfacing with Program managers, Functional supervisors, and other disciplines like Elec/RF/QA is required, so
good communication skills under occasionally stressful situations is essential.  Hands-on work around extremely fragile space
product installations and modifications.  Strong familiarity with FARO (or equivalent) laser tracker and related equipment preferred.  Ability to pre- and post-process complex alignment results, transform into engineering coordinates, and solve real-time alignment issues required.  Alignment Engineers coordinate mission-critical features including thruster, sensor, and antenna pointing vectors through challenging, as-designed vs. as-manufacturable vs. as-built phases.  Detailed technical knowledge of 3D simulation
systems, preferably Spatial Analyzer, highly sought.  Ability to interface in numerous manufacturing operations including interpreting complex engineering drawings, schematics, and diagrams.  Works with Design and Manufacturing Engs to review released drawings and provides feedback to miniminze design impacts on downstream manufacturability.  100% adherence to established ISO processes,
diligence to detail, and efficient execution with quality results for cost effectiveness *absolutely required*.   Suggests and evaluates Process Improvement ideas.   Continously strives for cost/schedule reductions at project level.  Ability to learn quickly.  Must have
"a touch" for delicate equipment.  Must have virtually zero defects in workmanship.  Ability to run alignment operations with minimal
crew and oversight in schedule-critical applications.  Ability to stay calm under tense situations and handle external pressure(s) with aplomb and decorum.  Ability to proactively identify issues, escalate to appropriate channels, and *offer* solutions to engineering for review.   Works independently with QA on difficult/challenging solutions and projects from Engineering.
Ability to work with diverse team, take constructive feedback from Safety and QA support personnel, and understudy with assigned mentor for up to 3 months is required.  Responsible and evaluated for performance metrics with heavy emphasis on the *Product Line's* overall quality of
work, efficiency, and process improvements.  Interfaces with other Production Line Engineers to ensure best practices across multiple product lines.  Experience with working inside Clean Rooms, Hazardous Material Handling, Hazardous Operations protocols, and related operational protocols required, from 100K to 10K operations.  Knowledge of basic 3D Modeling, Excel, Word, Powerpoint, general computer handling, and Tool Control strongly preferred.  ESD, FOD, and 5S management techniques strongly recommended.   Spatial Analyzer, TipQA, Windchill, MES, Costpoint, and CREOView preferred.  Knowledge of advanced machine shop principles
helpful.  Little to no machine shop work is done by I&T Engs, but interfacing with Machine Dept. required on occasion.  Ability to teach and constructively critique new hires required.  Occasional assignments of a mentee for up to 9 months required.  Ability to foresee and communicate broader project level tasks beyond day-to-day assignments with Estimates To Completes.  Helps plan lookaheads and avoid pitfalls with projects and its leadership.  Participates in complex nonconformance resolutions.  Helps manage tactical floor operations, including resource loading, priorities, and communication with numerous project/program teams.  Focus for this level is *schedule efficiency and unerring quality execution of the alignment process* through process improvements and solutions.  All operations require a "Buddy system" for checks and balances.   Ability to work within a tight-knit team for the greater good is required. 


The position requires a BS and seven years experience.

Current Security Clearance not required, but ability to initiate Top Secret clearance process required.

Second/third shift 24/7, weekend work, and occasional 4+ weeks travel on launch campaigns (international travel) are
*required* of everyone.  Occasional short-term projects with travel required.  Last minute requests are common to support the dynamic schedules seen in I&T.

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.

Job Type: Full Time
Desired Travel: less than 25%
Years of Experience: 5-8 Years
Education: Bachelors
Expertise: Engineering
Group: Space