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Inspector 4 – Top Secret Clearance (Space/Satellite Systems)

Requisition ID: R10061307

  • Category IconCategory: Flight Operations
  • Location IconLocation: Dulles, Virginia, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Top 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.


  • Perform detailed inspections on Electrical, RF, and Mechanical components at the piece part level as well as the assembly and sub-assembly level.
  • Perform in-process and final inspections on various mechanical / electrical components throughout the manufacturing facility and/or work centers.
  • Provide surveillance during the entire build process to ensure processes and procedure are followed.
  • Work close with the test teams and provide surveillance during testing operations.
  • Accomplish various test setup verifications performed during each phase of the build cycle.  Such as, Thermal Vacuum and/or Vibrations tests.
  • Perform in-depth reviews of product build documentation to determine if as-built meets as-designed.
  • Confirm acceptable quality standards and workmanship practices are being utilized in assigned work centers
  • Practically apply process specifications and use applicable workmanship standards during everyday job functions.
  • Generate nonconformance reports for discrepancies discovered during inspection processes.
  • Review nonconformities and provide feedback to authors on coding selections, defect descriptions, and other key attributes of NCR's.
  • When needed, provide insights for review boards (PMRB, MRB, or FRB) to help with disposition or RCCA.  
  • Perform audits of work areas to ensure compliance with ISO 9001/AS 9100 procedures  
  • Develop training material for assigned work center PA group.
  • Train and mentor new hires or less-experienced personnel in at least one skill identified on the PA skills matrix for assign area of work
  • Act as safety representative during critical and hazardous operations for assigned spacecraft


Basic Qualifications:

  • High school diploma/equivalent
  • 10+ years of related experience
  • Must have an active or current Top-Secret clearance.
  • Able to read engineering documentation and inspect to drawings and parts lists, inspection plans, and supplemental instructions.
  • Able to read and interpret schematics and block diagrams for verifications of test setups.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in Quality Assurance, or relevant experience in Electrical or Mechanical field of work in performance of technical job function.
  • Willingness to work off shift activities with occasional overtime, weekend, and Holiday support as required.
  • Willingness to support 2nd shift (if required), and occasionally (though not often) 3rd shift support for short periods of Spacecraft testing.
  • Willingness to travel (though not often) in support of S/C level activities is required.
  • Fluent in use of Microsoft applications and ability to learn new computer programs/applications.
  • Technical writing skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Associates (2 year) degree in engineering discipline or non-technical 4 year degree from accredited institute.
  • Working knowledge of TipQA and/or Costpoint database applications.
  • Previous experience working for an ISO-certified company.
  • Active workmanship certifications from accreditation/standards companies, (e.g. IPC-A-620, NASA 8739 series, etc.).

Salary Range: $34 USD - $56 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.