Inspector 1 – Space Components

Requisition ID: 20026104

  • Category IconCategory: Mission and Quality Assurance
  • Location IconLocation: San Diego
  • Citizenship IconUS Citizenship Required for this Position: Yes
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: None
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: No –Teleworking not available for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift
  • 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 are making history.

Northrop Grumman Space Systems Division designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation-related systems to customers around the world. Our main products include launch vehicles and related propulsion systems; missile products, subsystems and defense electronics; precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition; satellites and associated space components and services; and advanced aerospace structures.

Our facility in San Diego, CA is seeking an experienced Associate Inspector with relevant aerospace industry experience in our Quality Assurance department.  This employee will be working on small, medium and/or large government and commercial programs.   Job Summary
  • Inspects purchased parts and materials for conformity to standards, specifications, and processing requirements.
  • Inspects for proper identity and dimensions using such measuring devices as micrometers, gauges, and calipers.
  • Visually inspects for obvious defects or damage such as corrosion, cracks, dents, scratches, and pits.
  • Verifies specifications using purchase orders, blueprints, drawing or inspection instructions, and checklists.
  • Makes pass/fail decisions on inspected goods. Maintains records of results.
  • Inspections may involve compound angles or three-dimensional projections using inspection equipment such as microscopes, micrometers, telescope gauges, and optical comparators.
  • Other duties as assigned


Basic Qualifications:
  • High School Diploma and 0 years of additional education/or related manufacturing experience
  • Ability to inspect tight tolerance machined components with complex geometry
  • Experience with dimensional inspection using precision hand tools and surface plate setup
  • The ability to read and understand blueprints
  • Familiarity with AS9100 or ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems
  • Familiarity with aerospace standards (ex. AS9100, ISO9001)
  • Basic knowledge in Microsoft Word & Excel
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to work in a team environment
Preferred Qualifications:
  • CMM/FARO Arm experience
  • Composite experience
  • Proficiency with Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing per ASME Y14.5
  • Experience inspecting tight tolerance machined components with complex geometry
  • Proficient blueprint reading skills
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 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?

We offer an array of benefits to give you the support you need, including matching 401K, tuition assistance, health insurance and wellness options, coaching, mentoring and more.