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Wind Tunnel Model Mechanical Technician 3/4

Requisition ID: R10058219

  • Category IconCategory: Technical Support
  • Location IconLocation: Redondo Beach, California, 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, 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.

Northrop Grumman Aeronautics Systems sector is seeking a Wind Tunnel Model Mechanical Technician 3 or 4 to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position will be located in Redondo Beach, CA.

This position is with a Research and Development/Test organization providing unique and challenging tasks. The selected candidate performs a variety of duties assisting mechanical engineers in the development of mechanical and engineering designs, tests, fabrications, modifications, assemblies and components. Drafts detailed drawings for fabrication. Devices, fabricates, and assembles new or modified mechanical components or assemblies. Sets up and tests complete prototype units and subassemblies under operational conditions. Analyzes data and recommends modifications to components or test procedure to meet desired specifications.

Essential Functions:

  • Perform the advanced fabrication, assembly, inspection and installation of all types of research Wind Tunnel Models.
  • Operates related equipment including Mills, Lathes, Saws and Hand Tools.
  • Understands the instrumentation requirements of complex aerodynamic shapes and flow systems.
  • Works from complex blueprints, rough sketches, loft lines, preliminary pre-release drawings, verbal instructions and other engineering information.
  • Requires proficiency in working with wood, metal, plastic, and composite materials.
  • Must have a complete acquaintance with and understanding of the general aspects and technical phases of the job, and their practical applications to problems and situations ordinarily encountered.
  • No instructions needed on routine work, and general instructions given on new lines of work or special assignments.
  • Acts with limited supervision.

Basic Qualifications for Mechanical Technician 3:

  • High school diploma/GED and 4 years of assembly related/basic conventional machining skills
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Secret clearance and Special Program access within a reasonable period of time, as determined by the company to meet its business need
  • Ability to travel up to 25% of the time
  • Must be available to work any shift

Basic Qualifications for Mechanical Technician 4:

  • High school diploma/GED and 6 years of assembly related/basic conventional machining skills
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Secret clearance and Special Program access within a reasonable period of time, as determined by the company to meet its business need
  • Ability to travel up to 25% of the time
  • Must be available to work any shift

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Conventional Machining skills including, Mills, Lathes, grinders and saws.
  • Wind Tunnel Model Assembly Skills
  • Wind Tunnel Model Test support Skills
  • Wind Tunnel Model Instrumentation Skills


Salary Range: $59,400 USD - $99,000 USD
Salary Range 2: $70,700 USD - $117,800 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 https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/contractors/.

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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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.