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Senior Principal Opto Mechanical Process Engineer

Requisition ID: R10017824

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Devens - MA, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: None
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 25% 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.

AOA Xinetics (AOX), a wholly-owned Northrop Grumman Space Systems, Payload and Ground Systems Division Business Venture, is a leading supplier of complex electro-optic and photonic systems and subsystems that control and manipulate light waves for a variety of applications.

Overview

Reporting to the Manufacturing Engineering Manager, the Senior Principal Opto-Mechanical Process Engineer is the lead technical interface between the product engineering staff and production ensuring on-time program deliverables in the area of precision pointing products, optical telescope/assemblies, deformable and fast-steering mirrors and optical systems, material bonding applications in a highly dynamic technical diverse product work environment. You must be a fast learner, strong problem solver, and exceptional communicator with a proven ability to understand complex problems and requirements as described by customers, product managers, and scientific and engineering staff.

Responsibilities
  • Support design for manufacturing with MIL-STD 810G environmental considerations
  • Support inspection/test data needs in accordance with End-Item-Data-Package requirements  
  • Manufacturing Work Standards Management – work order issuance and creation of production work packages that define thorough work instructions material and manufacturing flow tailored to process engineering
  • Develop manufacturing engineering processes, manufacturing processes that meet technical specifications, high quality standards, and relevant agency compliance requirements
  • Collaborate with Quality Management to troubleshoot using root cause analysis methodologies and define, implement and monitor work cell process improvements; propose manufacturing process improvement projects and lead implementation of solutions  
  • Drive production and design changes that result in superior products
  • Direct Customer point of contact support including presenting during technical Manufacturing Readiness Reviews (MRR) and Production Readiness Reviews (PRR)
  • Identify systems and process goals to ensure that work cells and equipment maximize operational performance and identify preventive maintenance recommendations for the Manufacturing Preventive Maintenance Program
  • Technical recommendations and oversight of external suppliers that provide manufacturing services
  • Collaborates with Product Engineering regarding design concepts and specification requirements to best use work cell capabilities and manufacturing processes to assure “design for manufacturing” products
  • Identify automation opportunities to support growth, including specifying equipment, developing processes, qualifying, documenting, and training production personnel:
  • Support design for manufacturing with MIL-STD 810G environmental considerations
  • Support inspection/test data needs in accordance with End-Item-Data-Package requirements  
  • Manufacturing Work Standards Management – work order issuance and creation of production work packages that define thorough work instructions material and manufacturing flow tailored to process engineering
  • Develop manufacturing engineering processes, manufacturing processes that meet technical specifications, high quality standards, and relevant agency compliance requirements
  • Collaborate with Quality Management to troubleshoot using root cause analysis methodologies and define, implement and monitor work cell process improvements; propose manufacturing process improvement projects and lead implementation of solutions  
  • Drive production and design changes that result in superior products
  • Direct Customer point of contact support including presenting during technical Manufacturing Readiness Reviews (MRR) and Production Readiness Reviews (PRR)
  • Identify systems and process goals to ensure that work cells and equipment maximize operational performance and identify preventive maintenance recommendations for the Manufacturing Preventive Maintenance Program
  • Technical recommendations and oversight of external suppliers that provide manufacturing services
  • Collaborates with Product Engineering regarding design concepts and specification requirements to best use work cell capabilities and manufacturing processes to assure “design for manufacturing” products
  • Identify automation opportunities to support growth, including specifying equipment, developing processes, qualifying, documenting, and training production personnel

Basic Qualifications
  • Bachelor degree in Physics, Mechanical or Optical Engineering
  • 10 years of opto-mechanical manufacturing and process development engineering experience in a Defense/DoD, Space or related industry
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in lens and mirror mounting techniques, flexure and kinematic mount design, optical assembly and alignment, optical interferometry, geometric optics and/or wave optics and test equipment
  • Adhesive applications of opto-mechanical products including athermalized telescope manufacturing and mounting, adhesive applications in ultrahigh vacuum and bonding techniques
  • Finite Element Analysis (FEA) using NASTRAN
  • Project Management
  • Advanced Microsoft Office, MS Visio, MS Project, Solidworks, SigFit, Zemax and MATLAB
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master’s Degree  in Physics, Mechanical or Optical Engineering
  • Gaussian Beam Propagation and Aberration Theory & Optical System Design Subject Matter Expert
  • Lean Six Sigma Certification
  • Programming skills including CMM or Optical CMM Inspection tools
Physical Requirements:
  • 10 – 20% travel
  • Ability to sit/stand for long periods of time

Salary Range: 1 - 1

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. With the continuing impacts of COVID-19 around the world, we are taking action to protect the health and well-being of our colleagues and maintain the safety of the communities where we operate. As a federal contractor, and consistent with Executive Order 14042 (https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/contractors/) we will require all newly hired employees in the United States to be fully vaccinated by January 18, 2022 or by your start date if it is after January 18th. Federal guidance allows for disability/medical and religious accommodations with respect to the vaccine requirement. Any requested accommodations must be reviewed and approved (if applicable) in advance of your start date.

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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