Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems Careers

Sr Machinist (Requires Active Security Clearance)

Wallops Island, VA

Job Description

Job ID: JSD20180805-45560

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.

We are currently seeking an experienced Sr. Machinist to join our team at our facility on the Eastern Shore of Virginia in the local vicinity of NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility.

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Operate conventional, special purpose, and machining centers to fabricate metallic and nonmetallic parts, and fits and assembles machined parts into complete units
  • Utilize prints, sketches, drawings, manuals, specifications, or sample part to produce aerospace quality hardware
  • Perform all machine operations to produce quality hardware with aerospace quality standards and specifications
  • Fit and assemble parts into complete assemble, using jigs, fixtures, surface plate, surface table, hand tools, and power tools
  • Verify dimensions and alignment of assembly, using measuring instruments, such as micrometers, height gauges, and gauge blocks
  • Exercise independence of technical support and utilize experience in making judgments
  • Perform other related duties as assigned or required

 Specific Requirements/Licensing

  • Proficiency with M and G code, as well as other CNC programming languages may be required.
  • Technical knowledge and experience is required to solve complex mechanical and mathematical problems associated with proper setup of lathes and milling machines.
  • Working knowledge in the design of jigs and fixtures for setting up machining operations in three planes to very close tolerances
  • Mechanical and metalworking knowledge including the ability to drill and tap holes, minor sheet metal work, and/or light machining
  • Must be familiar with hydraulic and or pneumatic systems
  • Capable of understanding technical written documents, prints, schematics, and procedures



Training   and Certifications in the following may be required:

  •   Crane Operator Certification per applicable   standard
  •   Dye Penetrant Testing (Northrop Grumman Training)
  •   Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) Control per GPR   8730.6A
  •   Forklift Operator Certification per GPR 8719.1B
  •   General Safety Awareness, IT Security,   Environmental Compliance, and Personnel Safety and Health
  •   Hazardous Materials Handlers (see Safety and   Health Plan)
  •   High Pressure Operations per applicable   standard
  •   Mate / Demate per applicable standard
  • Ordnance        / Pyrotechnics Certification per applicable standard


Minimum   Education Required

  •   Associate Degree in   Mechanical Technology, or equivalent military/trade school training and   required experience.


Minimum   Experience Required

  •   4 years of related experience   with 2 years as a machinist or a total of 6 years of related experience in a   production machine shop environment.


Additional Desired/Preferred Requirements/Responsibilities

  • Support design, development, construction, or evaluation of hardware relevant to sub-orbital vehicles
  • Support integration tests for sub-orbital vehicles
  • Fabricate or modify mechanical parts including prototype hardware, brackets, payload skins, and GSE
  • Conduct tests on subcontractor supplied hardware as well as routine testing of new inventory components
  • Set up and operate equipment for integration tests and to support launches
  • Fit and assemble parts into complete assemblies using jigs, fixtures, surface plate, surface table, hand tools, and power tools.
  • Fabricate and test mechanical components and subsystems
  • Resolve hardware compliance problems and coordinate work to assist with system integration of both the technical ground hardware and the flight hardware.
  • Responsibility of performing inspection, assembly, testing, and checkout, shipping of various rocket motors, igniters, and electro-explosive devices according to written procedures.
  • Responsible for inspection, acceptance, assembly, testing, and checkout of all vehicle inert hardware such as fins, tail cans, interstages, launch lugs, adapters, electro-mechanical devices, etc.
  • Perform non-routine assignments required to support a complete mission project involving the transporting, assembly, checkout, and launch of various rocket vehicle systems.
  • Perform flight preparation and checkout of all launch vehicle hardware and systems to meet flight readiness.
  • Perform safe launch vehicle and pad operations prior to and during countdowns under the direction of the launch pad supervisor.
  • Use approved documentation and safety principles while performing hazardous related duties at launch sites
  • Transport rocket motors and explosives over roads and highways
  • Knowledge and practical application required to perform inspection, assembly, testing, checkout, and flight preparation of rocket motors, stages, launch vehicles, rocket launchers, and other related flight hardware and GSE
  • Coordinate and expedite flow of material, parts, and assemblies in accordance with production and shipping schedules or mission related deadlines
  • Responsible for maintaining stock records, ordering, and stocking of received supplies and maintaining inventory and status records of electronic equipment

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: Operations
Group: Space