Sheetmetal Production Mechanic 3 (2nd Shift) Charlottesville, VA

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.

Our Charlottesville, Virginia , Machine Shop has an immediate opening on 2nd shift for Sheetmetal Production Mechanic 3 to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. We are a state-of-the-art Machine Shop with numerous CNC machines, lathes, and manual mills. Northrop Grumman offers apprenticeship programs and tuition reimbursement providing employees a path to skill and educational growth. Working at Northrop Grumman means making a direct contribution to mission projects that keep our homeland safe, expanding the boundaries of possibility, and reshaping the world we live in.

Job Description:

  • Fabricates, assembles, installs, and repairs production sheet metal products and equipment such as control boxes, enclosures, tooling, and brackets in accordance with blueprints, drawings, and specifications.

  • Makes sheet metal layouts; sets up and operates fabricating machinery; shapes metal over anvils, blocks, or forms; and inspects assemblies and installations for conformance to specifications.

  • May monitor and verify quality in accordance with statistical process or other control procedures.


  • Sets up and runs multiple production machines in the sheet metal cell. Performs machine operations (including reworking parts) such as cutting, shaping, deburring, forming, drilling, and reaming parts. Performs machine operations where the materials, tooling, and sequence of operations have been pre-planned and established. Makes necessary machine adjustments to ensure proper machine functioning or cutting action.

  • Installs and adjusts cutting tools consistent with type and size of material being machined.

  • Follows established manufacturing methods using standard production machines, materials, and tooling.

  • Operates hand and power tools to deburr precision and complex machine parts in accordance with engineering blueprints and route sheets to close tolerances.

  • Inspects parts for conformance to specifications using measuring instruments such as gauges, calipers, micrometers, and comparators. Uses various types of magnification equipment (including a microscope) to detect and avoid damage to surfaces and critical areas. Visually inspects parts for burrs or damaged machined surfaces.

  • Routinely maintains equipment to ensure cleanliness, accuracy, and reliability specific to division requirements.

  • Actively implements lean initiatives by identifying and providing suggestions on areas for improvement. Effectively applies lean concepts and tools in work area.

  • Observes all company policies and procedures, including safety rules, and maintains a clean and orderly work area.

  • Performs other related tasks as requested.

Basic Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent with 4 years of education/related experience.

  • Able to nest sheet metal parts using vendor software.

  • Experienced with press brakes and forming.

  • Reads and follows blueprints, documentation, and verbal instructions.

  • Has working knowledge of machine shop mathematics.

  • Knowledge of lean initiatives.

  • Demonstrates effective verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills, as well as the ability to work in a team environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with Model Based Engineering

  • Forklift and material movement experience

  • Sheet metal tool sharpening and maintenance

  • SAP and Microsoft Office Suite

  • Trade School Certification or four years machining or manufacturing experience.

Salary Range: $44,800 - $74,600

Employees may be eligible for a discretionary bonus in addition to base pay. Annual bonuses are designed to reward individual contributions as well as allow employees to share in company results. Employees in Vice President or Director positions may be eligible for Long Term Incentives. In addition, Northrop Grumman provides a variety of benefits including health insurance coverage, life and disability insurance, savings plan, Company paid holidays and paid time off (PTO) for vacation and/or personal business.

The health and safety of our employees and their families is a top priority . The company encourages employees to remain up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations. U.S. Northrop Grumman employees may be required, in the future, to be vaccinated or have an approved disability/medical or religious accommodation, pursuant to future court decisions and/or government action on the currently stayed federal contractor vaccine mandate under Executive Order 14042 .

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.

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