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Manufacturing Engineer

Requisition ID: R10104999

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • LocationLocation: Charlotte, NC, USA
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: None
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • ShiftShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel RequirementsTravel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time
  • Number of Positions AvailablePositions 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.

    An organization within Northrop Grumman Space Systems’ Payload and Ground Systems (PGS) division, SYNOPTICS is the world-wide leader in the growth, fabrication, and coating of crystalline materials used in laser systems. These “solid-state” laser crystals are used in products ranging from medical lasers to military laser systems. The Charlotte facility has been operating for over 40 years in the laser industry and has developed the reputation of providing the highest quality products with timely deliveries. Within the facility, solid-state oxide and fluoride crystals are grown from a high-temperature melt. SYNOPTICS has full optical fabrication capabilities for various plano and spherical geometries. SYNOPTICS serves the photonics and optics industry across the globe. 


    Learn more about SYNOPTICS at our website: 

    Roles and responsibilities:

    You will support production and provide sustaining engineering for the Rough Fabrication department. Rough Fabrication takes the synthetic crystals from the growth area and cores laser rods out of the crystals. The team further machines and shapes crystals for further processing throughout fabrication areas.

    • Implement technical solutions related to optical fabrication including processes, tooling, and equipment
    • Assess and make suggestions to improve existing processes to improve yields, efficiency, and standardization
    • Perform operator training as needed
    • Perform root cause analysis, document conditions, and communicate process related failures as they occur
    • Assist facilities staff with troubleshooting and repair of process equipment when required
    • Participate in continuous improvement engineering projects
    • Aid in new product development and fabrication techniques for non-standard part geometries

    Basic Qualifications:

    • 2 years of relevant experience with a Bachelor's degree; within STEM field.
    • 0 years of experience with a Masters' degree within STEM field.
    • Strong organizational and communication skills (both written and verbal)
    • Proficient in 3D CAD packages, such as Autodesk Inventor
    • Proven track record of collaborating with multiple disciplines and personalities
    • Experience with manual and CNC machining, G-code programming, and CAM software
    • Experience in a manufacturing environment
    • Proficiency in utilizing the Microsoft Office Suite

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Experience in multiple technical areas such as mechanical, electrical and/or optical
    • Knowledge of polishing principles, especially for hard materials



    Salary Range: $74,900 USD - $112,300 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.