Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems Careers

Senior Manufacturing Engineer - Ceramics

San Diego, CA
Engineering and Sciences

Job Description

Job ID: JLH20181608-47079

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.

As a Senior Manufacturing Engineer for COIC, responsibilities will include both the planning and execution phases of ceramic composite hardware fabrication for a wide variety of aerospace applications.


  • Plans, develops, leads, and coordinates manufacturing processes on factory (manufacturing) floor.

  • Educates/trains operators on new/existing processes.

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

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

  • Communicates with internal or external design team regarding product design and tooling to ensure efficient production methods.

  • Develops 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.

  • Communicates with management, engineering, other staff and customers regarding manufacturing capabilities, and other considerations to facilitate production processes.

  • Researches and evaluates commercially available tools and equipment for future manufacturing requirements. Identifies needs for specialized tools and equipment, and develops and executes plans to support future needs.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical, Aerospace, or related Engineering discipline and a minimum of 4 years of experience in advanced composite manufacturing, fabrication, and assembly processes (or Masters and 2 years of experience). Experience must include lay-up, machining, assembly and inspection of advanced composite materials and hardware. Experience with aircraft, aerospace and ceramic composite materials is preferred.

  • Proficient at representing an organization as a technical contact, and interacting with teams and leadership on important technical elements of the build, assembly, and manufacturing.

  • Knowledge and application of continuous improvement philosophy and tools.

  • Expertise with problem solving, including identify root cause and implement technical solutions to ensure product quality and improve process.

  • Skilled at developing program bill of materials (BOM).

  • Ability to read, interpret and create engineering drawings.

  • Strong organizational skills in managing time, projects and resources.

  • Effective team communication, collaboration, and influencing others skills.

  • Strong computer skills and presentation development and delivery skills.

  • Prefer knowledge and application of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T).

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

  • Applicants must be U.S. Citizen capable of qualifying for a security clearance. Preferred candidates will have a current and active DoD Clearance with an investigation date within the last five years.

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