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Optical Alignment Technician 3

Requisition ID: R10065809

  • Category IconCategory: Technical Support
  • Location IconLocation: Devens, Massachusetts, 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: No
  • 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.

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. We are seeking an Optical Alignment Technician 3 for our facility in Devens, MA.


Reporting to the Production Manager of Precision Devices, the Optical Alignment Technician 3 will perform a variety of duties in the electronic, mechanical, electro-mechanical or optical areas as related to optical systems. Establishes test setups, conducts testing and reports data in prescribed formats. Performs inspection, cleaning, bonding, and troubleshooting of optical components. Assembles, aligns, troubleshoots, adjusts, tests, and maintains optical components, sub-assemblies, systems and associated support equipment. Performs electronic fault analysis, repair as related to optical sub-systems, systems, and drive electronics. Follows appropriate laser safety and laser cleanliness procedures/practices.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Perform various functions associated with alignment and testing of free space optical components and optical systems

  • Use a variety of metrology and inspection tools to test and inspect optical components for accuracy and quality

  • Required to read and understand blueprints and technical drawings

  • May build or modify equipment used to align and test precision optics

  • Sets up and tests complete units and subassemblies under operational conditions

  • Bonds a variety of dissimilar materials (composite, metal, or laminate) assemblies, parts, or structures into semi-finished or finished products

  • Follows appropriate safety and equipment maintenance procedures

  • Mixes and prepares epoxies for use

  • Operates ovens to complete bonding cycle. Controls conditions of heat, pressure, and timing by setting and operating various controls according to the specifications for the materials and the bonding agent being used

  • Work in accordance with established safety rules and good housekeeping practices

  • Briefly work on tasks outside of this job description as directed by the supervisors for training, emergency relief purposes

  • Perform other duties as assigned

Basic Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent

  • Four years’ optical alignment and testing experience

  • Experience in reading and interpreting drawings and blue prints

  • Use of basic hand tools

  • Strong attention to detail and effective verbal/written communication skills

  • Proficient Microsoft Office skills

  • U.S. Citizenship is a requirement for employment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to work independently to lay out own work

  • Basic knowledge of optic and electrical test equipment

  • Knowledge/experience with optical interferometry

  • Ability to follow bonding instructions and handle all types of epoxies

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to lift up to 50lbs

  • Ability to stand, sit, walk and bend for long periods of time

Salary Range: $59,400 USD - $99,000 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.