Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems Careers

Manufacturing Tech - Project Employee

San Diego, CA
Engineering and Sciences

Job Description

Job ID: JLH20181104-45039

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.

COI Ceramics (COIC), a part of Innovation Systems Space Components Division, leads the industry in the development, fabrication and production of High Temperature Ceramic Matrix Composite Components and test articles.  COIC is currently hiring a temporary, 1st shift Associate Manufacturing Technician in our San Diego, CA location.  

Associate Manufacturing Technician, Project Employee ( Temp to Hire)

This  position will work on 1st Shift ( 5am - 2:30pm)

(Layup/Tooling Technician)

Successful candidate will be responsible for the following:

Primary duties

  • Use of vacuum bagging processes.
  • Lay-up of composite structures
  • Handling and managing fragile composite materials.
  • Report data and interface with other employees and departments
  • Tooling preparation and release application.
  • Loading autoclave cure vessels. (Max 150 psi)
  • Loading operating oven(s).
  • Loading operating high temperature furnaces
  • Utilize measurement tools such as calipers, rulers, and tape measures for fabricating hardware.
  • Assist in maintaining overall shop appearance and cleanliness.

Basic qualifications include:

  • Experience in a manufacturing environment; composites materials industry experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated mechanical ability.
  • Initiative, self-starter, adaptable, and high motivation for excellence.
  • Able to read, write and work to written instructions, blueprints, or shop drawings in English.
  • Proficient use of basic shop arithmetic
  • Experience or familiarity with ISO requirements, standards, and compliance issues.
  • Standard computer literacy skills in Microsoft Office: Word and Excel.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Excels in a team environment.
  • Ability to work under limited supervision.
  • Ability to multitask, prioritize, adhere to written procedures
  • 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.

Additional experience a plus:

  • Knowledge of Lean-Continuous Improvement Principles
  • Development of composite layup tooling
  • Machining experience
  • Basic knowledge of equipment maintenance
  • Ability to obtain a DOD Security Clearance, which requires US Citizenship as a pre-requisite.

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: 3-5 Years
Education: High School/GED
Expertise: Engineering
Group: Space