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Manufacturing Technician 1

Requisition ID: R10063435

  • Category IconCategory: Manufacturing and Production
  • Location IconLocation: Kettering, Ohio, 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: 1st Shift (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 - Aeronautics Systems – Aerospace Structures is seeking a level 1 Manufacturing Production Operator to join our Kettering, Ohio – Air Dominance group. 

We are a world-class manufacturer of composite primary and secondary structures for commercial and military aircraft and launch vehicles. Our work is mission critical and directly contributes to national security. 

At Northrop Grumman we develop cutting-edge technology that preserves freedom and advances human discovery.  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 continue to innovate with developments from launching the first commercial flight to space, to discovering the early beginnings of the universe. Our employees are not only part of history, but they’re also making history.

No matter the assignment, Northrop Grumman is committed to being a leader in Cyber, Logistics and Modernization, Autonomous Systems, C4ISR, and Strike. For us, it’s about more than just performing. It means realizing the values that define us: responsibility, trust, integrity and protecting freedom worldwide. These values inspire and unite our people- who make everything we do possible.


  • Fabricate core/composite components/tools, which may include bond prep, tool prep, ply kit generation, lamination, vacuum bagging, de-molding, trimming, finishing, core fabrication, and bond work
  • Troubleshoot and solve unique problems working with engineering and other composite technicians
  • Handle perishable materials, paying close attention to expiration dates and out time life, and traceability information
  • Read and interpret job orders, drawings, and specification sketches
  • Operate handheld tools. (e.g.) Scissors, razor knives, grinders, drills, sanders, cutting wheels, saws, routers, etc.
  • Utilize lean manufacturing principles and disciplines to enhance quality, cost, and delivery
  • Maintain a clean and safe working environment
  • Able to work in a team environment
  • Willing to support program needs when schedules require overtime etc.
  • Support other departments or completes other duties as necessary
  • Be able to operate autoclave and or curing ovens
  • Work in both FOD critical and FOD sensitive environments and observe all related safety procedures
  • Responsible to completed and pass job specific qualifications programs required to perform task
  • Good attention to detail

The ideal candidate must be interested in technical growth & enjoy a culture were teamwork and collaboration drive success. Additionally, you must be able & willing to work in a process-centric environment.

This position requires an active DOD Secret clearance.  While you are waiting for clearance, you will be performing non-cleared first shift work for other groups in support of our mission. Once you receive your clearance, you will begin working your assigned position.

Basic Qualifications:

  • High School Degree or equivalent (GED)
  • Basic computer skills
  • Mechanical aptitude/ experience (please be sure this is highlighted on your resume): Attention to detail
  • Ability to work flexible/changing schedules and weekend
  • Ability to work in Kettering or Beavercreek location
  • Ability to obtain and maintain DOD Secret clearance

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Active DoD Secret Clearance or higher
  • Composite manufacturing experience to include basic layup, assembling and fabricate of composite parts
  • Core/Honeycomb manufacturing experience to include coating operations, assembly and fabricating of core/honeycomb components.
  • Hand skills to include working with scissors/razor knives to cut raw material to specific dimensions
  • Ability to read and understand blueprints, technical specifications, and operating procedures

Salary Range: $35,200 USD - $58,600 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.