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Production Test Technician 3 or 4

Requisition ID: R10078559

  • Category IconCategory: Mission and Quality Assurance
  • Location Icon Location: Beavercreek, OH, USA   |  Kettering, OH, USA +1 more
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 2

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.

Northrop Grumman Aeronautics Systems (NGAS) has an opening for a Production Test Technician 3 or 4-Radio frequency testing of Composite Structures, Randomes, and Antenna Systems for military applications to join our team of qualified and diverse individuals. This position will be supporting our Beavercreek, and Kettering, OH. facilities, and requires onsite presence due to the nature of the role.

Production Testing has various responsibilities including radio frequency and electronic testing with duties as assigned in our Beavercreek and Kettering locations in support of plant wide operations.  Work in this position includes test and evaluation of manufactured products and in process testing using state of the art electronic test equipment, anechoic chamber test facilities, and in the less cooperative factory environment as well. 

Our team advances the Aerospace Structures Business Unit through the application of multidisciplinary engineering approaches and problem solving.  We pride ourselves on technical excellence and our ability to drive positive change.

Essential Functions / Responsibilities:

  • RF circuit testing, tuning, and assembly
  • Radar cross section measurements using the linear FM homodyne radar test set in an uncooperative environment
  • Transmission and reflection arch measurements using a vector network analyzer
  • Soldering and assembly.  (J-STD certification a plus)
  • Electronic and supporting mechanical system repair, calibration, and maintenance
  • In process measurements in support of low-rate manufacturing operations
  • Radar cross section measurements within the compact range including execution of predetermined test matrices and directed R&D efforts
  • Antenna pattern and gain measurements within the Anechoic Chamber
  • Antenna and RF network VSWR measurements

The ideal candidate is comfortable working independently and excels in a team environment.  They should possess a good math and science aptitude, should possess good verbal and written communication skills, be able to work with limited supervision, be able to lift, push, and pull up to 50 pounds and climb a ladder on a continuous basis, has an aptitude and desire to learn the practical application of the RF test environment and the theory behind the work you do.  Has experience in operation of various electronic test instruments such as oscilloscopes, spectrum analyzers, signal generators, vector network analyzers, multi-meters, time domain reflectometers and power meters.  Has some mechanical and electrical aptitude with a demonstrated ability to learn new skills and follow written procedures. Identifies opportunities for continuous improvement with a focus on customer service excellence.

*This is primarily a first shift position, but should have the ability to work flexible hours, overtime, and different shifts occasionally based on demanding manufacturing schedules.

Basic Qualifications Production Test Technician 3:

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent and 4 years additional education and/or related experience
  • Ability to read, write, and interpret instructions
  • Ability to perform analysis using standard productivity and reporting tools
  • Experienced in RF testing of composite structures
  • Ability to understand basic Physics and Engineering Principles and the ability to apply those to analysis and practical problem solving
  • Ability to operate 3D modeling software
  • Must have the ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Secret Security Clearance

Basic Qualifications Production Test Technician 4:

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent and 6 years additional education and/or related experience
  • Ability to read, write, and interpret instructions
  • Ability to perform analysis using standard productivity and reporting tools
  • Experienced in RF testing of composite structures
  • Ability to understand basic Physics and Engineering Principles and the ability to apply those to analysis and practical problem solving
  • Ability to operate 3D modeling software
  • Must have the ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Secret Security Clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in RCS testing
  • Test bench experience assembling electronic circuits and or antenna systems
  • Technical School or an Associate's degree
  • 4 years of relevant inspection/testing experience as an electronics technician or similar electrical work

This position reports to Beavercreek, OH, USA, however, this position can also be worked from Kettering, OH, OH, USA.


Salary Range: $49,600 USD - $82,600 USD
Salary Range 2: $59,000 USD - $98,300 USD

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.

The health and safety of our employees and their families is a top priority. The company encourages employees to remain up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations. U.S. Northrop Grumman employees may be required, in the future, to be vaccinated or have an approved disability/medical or religious accommodation, pursuant to future court decisions and/or government action on the currently stayed federal contractor vaccine mandate under Executive Order 14042 https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/contractors/.

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 http://www.northropgrumman.com/EEO. U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.



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What's great about
Northrop Grumman

  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 work-life balance, education assistance and paid time off.


Did you know?

Northrop Grumman leads the industry team for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, the largest, most complex and powerful space telescope ever built. Launched in December 2021, the telescope incorporates innovative design, advanced technology, and groundbreaking engineering, and will fundamentally alter our understanding of the universe.