Metal Fab Technician (Metal Fab Operator 4)-19011408

Location: Rocket Center
US Citizenship Required for this Position: Yes
Relocation Assistance: Yes
Clearance Type: Secret
Number of Openings : 1
Shift : 1st Shift

At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems that impact peoples 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 nations 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, theyre making history. 

Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation-related systems to customers around the world. Our products include launch vehicles, propulsion systems, missile products, subsystems and defense electronics, precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition, satellites and space components and services, and advanced aerospace structures.

Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems is currently seeking a Metal Fab Technician (Metal Fab Operator 4) to join our team in Rocket Center, WV, just outside of Cumberland, MD. The Allegany Ballistics Laboratory (ABL) site in Rocket Center designs, develops and manufactures tactical rocket motors, medium caliber ammunition, composite components and end items, and fuze and electronics equipment. For decades, the dedicated and highly skilled team at ABL have supported national security efforts by developing and building defense systems for DoD customers and U.S. allies. 

Position Summary:

Develop Manufacturing Process and Documentation ensuring production hardware and test articles meet engineering and configuration requirements
Provide analysis and data to support review boards and investigations 
Instruct machine operators on technique and operation of manufacturing equipment
Observe manufacturing process, establishing reasonable expectation of daily throughput
Prepare tooling sheets, create CNC code and assist operations in machine setup and debug
Prepare process drawings
Participate in tooling design, fact-finding, and failure investigations
Monitor manufacturing process through review of SPC data


High School diploma or equivalent and 6 years of experience as a Tool Maker / Journeyman Machinist
Experience using CAD/CAM software, ACAD, MASTERCAM, Solid Works or NX
Knowledge and experience with Statistical Process Control (SPC) techniques
Proficiency with Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook
U.S. Citizenship; must be able to obtain a Secret Clearance

Preferred Qualifications:
10 years of experience as Tool Maker / Journeyman Machinist
Experience with GTAW, Electron Beam Welding and Laser Welding
Experience with Flow Forming and Spin Forming equipment
Experience with cutting tool selection, fixture design and metal and/ or composite material processing
Experience with operation and programming of robotic part loaders
Capable of writing and editing CNC programs for both turning and machining centers
Capable of CNC machine setup and optimization of process
This role will interface with internal and external customers, so excellent interpersonal skills are needed
Comfortable making presentations in front of peers and senior leadership
Working knowledge of GD&T as defined by ANSI/ASME Y14.5M-1994
Understanding and working knowledge of Lean manufacturing
Must be willing to work occasional off-shift hours when needed

What to Expect: 
If you are a dynamic and motivated professional, Northrop Grumman is the company that will help further your experience and career growth. We offer highly competitive salaries, an array of benefits to give you the support you need, and the opportunity to connect with coworkers in an environment that is professional, creative and exible. Join our team and Work On What Matters.

Rocket Center, WV is located along the North Branch Potomac River in Mineral County, West Virginia and is home to the Allegany Ballistics Laboratory (ABL), a government installation operated by Northrop Grumman. Known for its scenic mountain landscapes, rolling hills and state parks, the region offers a multitude of outdoor recreational opportunities to include hiking, mountain biking, skiing, fishing, hunting and whitewater rafting. Where can you get to from Rocket Center We are just a few hours from Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Cleveland and not far from Philadelphia, Virginia and New York. If you enjoy a beautiful all-weather climate, low cost of living, zero gridlock traffic, outdoor activities and easy access to major cities along the east coast - this area has a lot to offer!

This position falls under a Federal Explosives License issued by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) for this location.  Candidates hired into this role will be required to complete and submit an Employee Possessor Questionnaire to ATF for approval to be a possessor.

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 ID: 19011408

  Reasons to apply:

  1. Be part of a culture that thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work.
  2. Use your skills to build and deliver innovative tech solutions that protect the world and shape a better future.
  3. Enjoy benefits like flexible work schedules, education assistance and paid time off.
Secret Required