Northrop Grumman CNC Programmer in Sunnyvale, California

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Northrop Grumman Marine Systems (NGMS) is a leading provider of naval propulsion and tactical equipment support systems. NGMS is seeking a highly motivated & skilled CNC Programmer who will specialize in the fabrication (machining) of high value large-scale precision metal components (low-volume / high-mix). This position requires a candidate with a strong background and working knowledge of metal removal/machining fundamentals and computer numerical control (CNC) programming experience.

Requirements & Responsibilities:

  • Create and edit CNC programs that support the machining of large-scale, complex, precision metal components fabricated on multiple-axis CNC milling & turning machining centers (CAM file generation, post-processor machine code generation)

  • Perform technical data package review of components that require fabrication (CAD model & engineering drawing validation)

  • Perform machining process development & optimization (part setup/fixturing, machining strategy/order of operations, tool selection, speed/feed process parameter selection)

  • Identify, select, and procure appropriate tooling for job specific applications (based on part material, geometry, features, tolerances, system rigidity, and equipment capability)

  • Perform program prove-out validation (computer simulation tools, table top' peer reviews, First Time Process Reviews, machine dry runs)

  • Work with machinists, manufacturing engineers, and design engineers to identify process improvement opportunities (reduced machining/setup time, improved part quality, reduced manufacturing risk) and incorporate required design changes (customer driven changes, technical performance improvements, improved manufacturability)

  • Participate in and lead cross-functional teams comprised of machinists/operators, manufacturing engineers, production supervisors, supply chain representatives, quality engineers/inspectors, and operations/program management to support program schedule & performance goals, mitigate manufacturing risks, and improve operational efficiency


  • This job requisition is for a 1st Shift position; however, occasional extended shift, off-shift, and/or weekend support maybe required

  • Occasional travel may be required for training purposes or to participate in equipment selection/acceptance activities (less than 10%)

  • Northrop Grumman offers comprehensive benefits packages, competitive wages, and 9/80 flexible work schedules



Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree and 5+ years of relevant work experience. Note: additional 4 years of work experience may be considered in lieu of a degree.

  • 2+ years direct experience working in a machining CNC programming role

  • Ability to read, interpret, and understand manufacturing blueprints and process plans

  • 2+ years experience usingGeometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T)

  • Ability to create and edit CNC programs that support the machining of precision components

  • Experience creating and/or editing 3DCAM files

  • Ability to work swing, graveyard and weekend shifts (up to 20%)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Masters of Science in an Engineering discipline (Mechanical, Manufacturing/Operations, Machining, Process, Materials)

  • Experience/proficiency working with materials requirements planning (MRP) and manufacturing execution systems (MES), SAP experience preferred

  • Demonstrated proficiency using Siemens NX CAD/CAM software to create NC programs for multiple-axis CNC milling & turning machining centers

  • Detailed oriented, strong communication skills

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