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Composite Manufacturing Technician 4 – Finals SME

Requisition ID: R10045424

  • Category IconCategory: Manufacturing and Production
  • Location IconLocation: Clearfield, Utah, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • Shift IconShift: Any (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 1

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 is currently seeking a Composite Manufacturing Technician 4 to work in our ACS D14 Finals Area in Clearfield, UT location. An active DoD secret clearance is required and you must have composite assembly experience.


Role Description & Responsibilities:

As a Composite Manufacturing Technician 4 you work on the next generation composite structures. Fabricates and verifies inspection of composite hardware using a variety of methods such as material, mold and tool preparation, hand layup, autoclave and oven operations, bonding, assembly, trimming, and final finishing. Utilizes standard measuring equipment and power hand tools. Reads, interprets, and follows instructions using blueprints, technical specifications and operating procedures. Facilitates and participates in composite-sensitive product and tooling moves. Performs safe handling and proper waste disposal tasks to ensure environmental compliance. Frequently uses recognized problem solving methods to solve unique problems. Utilizes lean manufacturing principles and disciplines to enhance quality, cost and delivery. Must pass all job-specific or specialized certification and qualification programs required for core tasks or specialized assignments. Tasks may be performed in a team environment or individually based.

Competencies for Success:

  • Positive individual who is willing to expand current skill set, through schooling and training
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills with ability to work with others at all levels of the organization
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Ability to work in a dynamic, fast paced, diverse environment
  • Initiative, self-starter, adaptable, and high motivation for excellence
  • High energy, results oriented, self-motivated / self-reliant, team player

Basic Qualifications:

  • A minimum of 6 years of experience in aerospace or manufacturing environment
  • High School Diploma or equivalent GED (education will be verified)
  • Active DoD secret security clearance and the ability to obtain special program access
  • Composite experience and/or certification required
  • Must meet all of the following criteria:
  • Extensive knowledge in fill and fare materials: (poly fiber super fill, flex fare, surfacer)
  • Extensive knowledge in fill and fare application: (poly fiber super fill, flex fare, surfacer)
  • Extensive knowledge in sanding by hand and using orbital sanders
  • Knowledge in sealant mixing and application
  • Knowledge in hole drilling using pistol and 90-degree pneumatic drill motors
  • Knowledge in hole countersinking
  • Skills in wet layup using carbon or glass
  • Extensive knowledge in hand mixing resin
  • Knowledge in touch up painting as well as fastener painting
  • Extensive knowledge on internal program specs
  • Experience training lower-level team members
  • Conduct visual checks and examine drawings, manufacturer’s data, technical orders, engineering drawings, specifications, process orders and other technical data to inspect surfaces, components and parts for defects, serviceability, and proper installation
  • Remove, repair, install, and modify major and minor structures and components in accordance with applicable technical data and specifications. Apply judgment in determining the proper procedures and processes to use in making appropriate repairs in accordance with appropriate technical data
  • Efficiently use precision measuring equipment including but not limited to calipers, micrometers, depth gauges, thickness gauges, drill bit gauges, go-no-go gauges, dividers, levels, combination squares, tape measures, surface roughness tester, and scales
  • Proficient with common hand tools as well as power tools (orbital sander, grinder, die grinder, Dremel)
  • Perform assembly, rework, repair and replacement on laminates and core.
  • Demonstrate solid job knowledge of multiple work processes for more than one work area and is a demonstrated subject matter expert in at least one of those areas
  • Frequently uses the recognized problem solving methods to solve unique problems
  • Demonstrates knowledge of lean manufacturing principles and disciplines
  • Trains, directs, coordinated work of lower level employees
  • Conducts and supports safety measures and improvements for applicable work area
  • Participates in process reviews
  • Exhibits competencies and skills necessary to be a future operations lead or Manager 1
  • Actively identifies and implements process improvement activities
  • Proficient in Microsoft applications
  • Must be able to work flexible and changing shift schedules
  • Must be able to work weekends

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Composite experience and/or certification preferred
  • Previous composite, manufacturing, or production experience preferred
  • Forklift certified
  • Crane certified
  • Oven & Autoclave certified

Physical Requirements:

  • Stand continuously and walk continuously
  • Climb stairs (up to 17” height) occasionally
  • Carry Materials at waist height of 60lbs occasionally for a distance of up to 30ft
  • Reach with upper body continuously
  • Lift, push, and/or pull various loads of up to 70lbs to different heights and in different directions
  • Use thumbs and hand to apply 15lbs of force for up to 5 seconds

What We Offer:

At Northrop Grumman, we are on the cutting edge of innovation-- building the next generation of sophisticated aircraft to protect our country. Our diverse portfolio of programs means there are endless paths to cultivate your career. We are well-known for our inclusive, family environment, phenomenal learning opportunities, and exposure to a wide variety of projects and customers. We also offer exceptional benefits/healthcare, a great 401K matching program, and 14 Employee Resource Groups inclusive of all employees!


Salary Range: $27 USD - $45 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

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.

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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.