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Northrop Grumman Inspector 2 - Mechanical Work Center (MWC) - Space / Satellite Systems in Dulles, Virginia

Embark on a career putting innovative, reliable, and agile products and ideas into orbit, and beyond. Northrop Grumman has opportunities waiting for you that play a vital role in human space exploration, national defense, and scientific discovery, supporting multiple programs across the universe. With us, you'll discover a culture of curiosity and collaboration that will have you Defining Possible from the day you start. Our space systems connect and protect millions of people on earth every day, now and for the future. Explore your future and launch your career today!

We have an opening for an Inspector 2 for our Mechanical Work Center (aka Machine Shop) to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals in the Tactical Space organization. This position will be located in Dulles, VA.

In this role you will:

  • Perform detailed inspections on Mechanical components at the piece part level as well as the assembly and sub-assembly level, to include a review of the associated product build documentation

  • Confirm acceptable quality standards and workmanship practices are being utilized in assigned work centers

  • Practically apply process specifications and use applicable workmanship standards during everyday job functions

  • Identify discrepant conditions and generate nonconformance reports for discrepancies discovered during inspection processes

  • Perform audits of work areas to ensure compliance with ISO 9001/AS 9100 procedure

  • Perform in-depth reviews of product build documentation for configuration audit to determine if as-built meets as-designed

  • Possess strong work ethic and good attitude - it should be evident from output of work that the best possible effort was given

  • Have personal initiative to become engaged in assigned work area without needing to be constantly coached or led to next assignment




Space System



Basic Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or GED and 2 years of additional education and/or experience

  • Able to use Microsoft applications and learn new computer programs/applications easily

  • Basic technical writing skills

  • Must be able to read engineering documentation and inspect to drawings and parts lists, inspection plans, and supplemental instructions

  • Willingness to work 2nd shift activities and occasional overtime or weekend support is required

  • Experience working with military standards, industry specifications, or other workmanship-related standards for product acceptance

  • Previous use of various inspection tooling, such as calipers, micrometers, durometers, height gages, etc.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous work in technical job field

  • Working knowledge of TIPQA and/or Costpoint database applications

  • Previous experience working in ISO-certified company and using Process Specifications or Military Standards to inform inspection or work activities

  • Knowledge in how to read schematics and wire lists

  • Active workmanship certifications from accreditation/standards companies, such as IPC

  • Associates (2 year) degree from accredited institution

  • Previous experience using CMM or other automated laser-based inspection machinery.

The Northrop Grumman Tactical Space Division is a strategic partner specializing in commercial and classified partnerships with the design, delivery, operation and sustainment of satellites and human spacecraft. We support science and space exploration through our various partnerships, including NASA's Artemis program with the goal to return humans to the Moon in 2024 and the TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) program that has discovered more than twenty confirmed plants. Recognized as an industry leader, we also develop highly specialized space and satellite components.

Northrop Grumman offers a competitive and robust benefits program.

As a full-time employee of Northrop Grumman, you are eligible for our robust benefits package including:


Dental & Vision coverage


Educational Assistance

Life Insurance

Employee Assistance Programs & Work/Life Solutions

Paid Time Off

Health & Wellness Resources

Employee Discounts

Flexible Schedules (For example the ability to work a 9/80 work schedule, which allows an employee to work a nine-hour day Monday through Thursday and take every other Friday off of work)

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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 Category : Mission and Quality Assurance