Manufacturing Technician 2/3 East Hartford, CT

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.

AOA Xinetics (AOX), a wholly-owned Northrop Grumman Space Systems, Payload and Ground Systems Division Business Unit, is a leading supplier of complex electro-optic and photonic systems and subsystems that control and manipulate light waves for a variety of applications. Our talented team of engineers, managers and technologists conceive, design, develop and manufacture high precision products in an environment that requires significant collaboration and team work among multiple engineering disciplines.

AOX is an end-to-end engineering company that creates solutions, puts them into practice, and manufactures them. We develop solutions to some of the nation's hardest technical challenges leveraging advanced technical capabilities in optical, mechanical, software, electronics controls, systems, test and manufacturing engineering to perform applied research, engineering development, and precision manufacturing. We are seeking a Manufacturing Technician to support our Special Programs team in East Hartford, CT.

This position may be filled as either a level 2 or 3.

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Reporting to our Production Manager the Manufacturing Technician performs functions associated with all manufacturing operations, including working with engineers in set-up and calibration tasks, as well as performing rework and quality testing related to the production of parts, components, subassemblies and final assemblies. Uses sophisticated programs to collect and evaluate operating data to conduct on-line adjustments to products, instruments or equipment. Determines and may assist in developing methods and procedures to control or modify the manufacturing process. Works with engineers in conducting experiments.

Role and Responsibilities:

  • Complete work order assignments in a timely fashion with minimal errors

  • Complete associated manufacturing paperwork, documentation and records in accurate and organized manner

  • Collaborate with quality control, material control and other staff

  • Ensure work cell area and tooling is in order and well maintained

  • Set up and test complete units and subassemblies under operational conditions

  • Use a variety of metrology and inspection tools to test and inspect optical components for accuracy and quality

  • Read and understand blueprints and technical drawings

  • Take ownership of the quality and completion of assigned tasks in a timely manner

  • Maintain clean and organized work area

Basic Qualifications for a level 2:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent and two years related experience

  • Experience with mechanical, electronics or optical and/or fiber optic based systems and components

  • Familiarity with the use of optical test equipment and microscopes is required

  • Understanding or formal training in electrical/electronic principles

  • Ability to work well as part of an integrated team including technicians, engineers, principal level engineers/scientists along with internal and external customers

  • Experience using electronic lab equipment such as; DVM's, power meters, power supplies and oscilloscopes

  • Experience with basic machine tool operation and building or modifying equipment used in testing precision optics

  • Ability to read and interpret electrical schematics and mechanical drawings

  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks in a fast paced, highly technical work environment

  • Responsible self-starter and team player with manufacturing or service experience

  • Great problem solving skills

  • Good written and verbal communication skills

  • High level of proficiency in MS Word and Excel; basic experience with PowerPoint

  • U.S. Citizenship is a requirement for employment

  • Ability to obtain and maintain an active Top Secret Security Clearance

Basic Qualifications for a level 3:

  • Same as above, but with four years applicable experience

  • Experience or formal training in electrical/electronic principles

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Associates Degree in a STEM discipline with optical and fiber optic systems and components

  • Small part soldering and rework experience

Salary Range: $47,600 - $79,300

Salary Range 2: $56,600 - $94,300

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.

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.