Northrop Grumman Quality Engineer in Devens, Massachusetts
Adaptive Optics Associates - Xinetics (AOA Xinetics), a wholly-owned Northrop Grumman Space Systems (NGSP) Business Venture, is currently seeking a Quality Engineer to support AOX business activities in Devens MA.
AOA Xinetics (AOX) designs, develops, and manufactures precision, advanced optical products and systems such as deformable mirrors, optical systems, adaptive optics control systems and silicon carbide optical structures for the U.S. Government, commercial customers, and U.S. defense prime and second-tier contractors. Markets for these technologies include civilian astronomy and semiconductor capital equipment as well as defense ISR and Directed Energy. Several potential direct and adjacent application areas also exist. The Company has substantial growth opportunities in support of many U.S. Government and NGSP business initiatives.
AOX delivers industrial photonics systems and development services for a variety of customers and applications. AOX excels in a range of applications from adaptive optical systems, deformable mirrors, wave-front sensors, precision actuators, to photonic systems that acquire and process data in real time for a variety of high availability applications. AOX's capabilities include lightweight passive and active hybrid CERAFORM silicon carbide optics and precision structures as well as large and small precision opto-mechanical systems supporting electronics and sophisticated controls software.
Reporting to the Quality Manager, the Quality Engineerwill develop, modify, apply and maintain quality evaluation and control systems and protocols for processing materials into partially finished or finished product. You will collaborate with engineering and manufacturing functions to ensure quality standards are in place and met at all times; you will devise and implement methods, procedures, and plans for evaluating the precision and conformance of products characteristics. You will also audit the Quality and Business Management Systems for effectiveness. You will ensure that corrective measures when implemented, meet acceptable reliability standards and that documentation is compliant with requirements. You will have input in the areas of design, supplied material, production control, product evaluation and reliability, inventory control and/or research and development as they apply to product or process quality, and an added plus if possesses lean and six-sigma quality engineering methodologies. Our ideal candidate will possess exceptional expertise in STEM, Six Sigma, Qualitative and Quantitative Methodologies, RCCA, FMEA, Process Engineering and collaborative people skills with proven ability to work within a technically dynamic, high-growth, fast-paced, precision oriented and strategically important business unit for NG Strategic Space Systems.
Develop and implement Program Quality Plans for opto-electrical components, sub-systems and systems, based on customer and internal specification requirements
Develop and maintain standards for quality, including operating methods, processes, systems and procedures; Work closely with Manufacturing Engineering to establish and sustain process capability
Evaluate components and sub-systems; Review and verify electro-optical testing methods and test environments; Compile data and define changes required in product design, testing equipment, testing procedures, manufacturing processes, or new testing requirements; Evaluate product compliance and readiness to release
Recommend test methods, statistical process control procedures for achieving required levels of product Quality, and propose changes to improve system and/or process capability
Analyze and recommend safety criteria in system design, equipment and procedures to mitigate risks; develop documentation as required to support customer and test/certification requirements
Perform first article qualifications, Failure Investigations, and effectively drive resolution processes. Manage improvement projects to drive Operational Excellence
Participate in MRB Process
Execute other assignments based on Business needs
Bachelor's degree in Quality/Manufacturing, Material Science or a STEM discipline
3+ years' relevant experience in manufacturing quality assurance
In-depth knowledge of ISO 9001 and AS9100
In-depth knowledge of Process Failure Mode & Effects Analysis (PFMEA); Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T)
Experience developing and implementing Program Quality Plans and support processes
In-depth knowledge of Design for Excellence (DFX), standards and best practices
Experience evaluating electrical products to Product Safety, EMI and IP standards, and managing third party certifications.
Ability to interpret blue prints/diagrams
Experience using product verification instruments including CMM - CMM programming capability is a plus
Experience in RCCA; Continuous Improvement; Lean Six Sigma methodologies; and Process Engineering
Advanced proficiency with MS Office applications
U.S. Citizenship required for employment
Ability to obtain Top Secret Clearance
Master's degree in Quality/Manufacturing, Material Science, or a STEM discipline
5+ years' expertise in Quality Assurance
Proficient in application of Process Engineering methodologies
High proficiency in QMS and Business Operating System auditing
ASQ Certification(s) or Equivalent Quality Certification(s)
Solid understanding of Configuration Management process
Ability to provide training on the application of Quality methodologies
Lean / Six Sigma Green Certification
Strong Analytical and Technical acumen
Exceptional presentation skills
DoD/Defense Contractor Industry experience (e.g. Aerospace/Space/Defense/Mission/Semiconductor)
Knowledge of Manufacturing Operational Excellence
Physical Requirements :
Position is located in Devens MA and provides on-site support in our East Hartford facility
Occasional domestic/international travel required up to 10% of the time
Ability to sit for extended periods of time and light physical effort required
Ability to lift 50lbs
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Job Category : Engineering