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Production Operator 3

Requisition ID: R10067712

  • Category IconCategory: Manufacturing and Production
  • Location IconLocation: Santa Rosa, 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: No
  • 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.

There is currently an opening for a Production Operator 3 to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position falls under one of Northrop Grumman's Small Business Units, Sonoma Photonics, Inc. and will be located in Santa Rosa, CA.

Roles and Responsibilities:

Performs functions associated with optical coating manufacturing operations:

  • Chamber foil, hardware bead blasting, machine condition data collection, coating deposition, post processing of coated products including spectral, environmental, and electrical testing of end products

  • Familiarity with computer programs including Excel and Word to collect data.  Creates/revises work instructions for existing processes

  • Ability to follow critical work instructions for the operator’s assigned platform (past and present) and related analytical equipment

  • Prepare calibration run-sheets, coats calibration runs, analyzes results, and helps revise tooling factors for calibration runs     Includes understanding of the optical monitor and crystal monitor system  

  • Assist engineers in designing and conducting experiments

Basic Qualifications:

  • 6-10 years of experience working in a manufacturing or related environment

  • High school diploma or GED

  • Demonstrated ability to adapt quickly to new technologies and methods

  • Acute attention to detail

  • Good math skills

  • Good verbal communication skills

  • Ability to obtain a government security clearance

  • Shift flexibility a must

Preferred Qualifications

  • 5+ years hands-on experience in the thin film industry including substrate handling/cleaning, coating, analyzing, and inspection of optics.  

  • Proficient with computer programs to collect and evaluate operating data (i.e. Spectral Eval, TF Calc, SPI In-house LabView scripts, and Macros)

  • Technician assists in developing methods and procedures to control or modify the manufacturing process (coating group or shift factors, tooling factors, matching layer optimization)

  • Ability to troubleshoot machine hardware and provide sound diagnostic feedback to Maintenance and Engineering departments


Salary Range: $42,100 USD - $70,100 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.