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Principal Contamination Control Engineer

Requisition ID: R10111091

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • LocationLocation: Devens, MA, 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: No
  • Relocation AssistanceRelocation Assistance: Relocation assistance may be available
  • 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.

Adaptive Optics Associates – Xinetics (AOA Xinetics), a wholly-owned Northrop Grumman Space Systems, Payload and Ground Systems Division Business Unit, is currently seeking a Principal Contamination Control Engineer to support our team in Devens MA.

AOA Xinetics (AOX) designs, develops, and manufactures precision, advanced optical products and systems such as deformable mirrors, optical systems, adaptive optics control systems and silicon carbide optical structures for the U.S. Government, commercial customers, and U.S. defense prime and second-tier contractors. Markets for these technologies include civilian astronomy and semiconductor capital equipment as well as defense ISR and Directed Energy.

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The Contamination Control Engineer will perform a mix of contamination control and systems engineering work. This will include contamination analysis, development of a contamination control plans across numerous programs from unit level up to integration and test, coordination of contamination control design across in-house team, subcontracts, and NG sectors.  In addition, the contamination control engineer will support contamination characterization through in-house capabilities or outside testing services, including sample collection and analysis from cleanrooms and hardware, writing reports, and maintaining cleanliness associated equipment.  The CCE will also be responsible for developing processes to effectively clean ceramic and silicon carbide structures including specifying equipment for accomplishing these tasks as required.

Required Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor's degree in a STEM discipline (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) with 5 years of related experience

  • Ability to operate within a multi-disciplined Integrated Product Team

  • Hands-on experience in contamination control field and materials engineering

  • Understanding of principles and methods for contamination control in clean room environments

  • Knowledge and experience with Class 100 to Class 100,000 Cleanrooms

  • Ability to provide concurrent support to multiple programs

  • Familiarity with ISO cleanroom requirements and methods of operation

  • Experience with foreign object detection and elimination practices

  • Experience with requirement derivation and verification

  • Experience with Non-Volatile Residue (NVR) and Particle count/characterization

  • Experience with precision cleaning techniques

  • Excellent written and oral communication

  • U.S. Citizenship is a bona fide requirement for employment

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Demonstrated experience writing contamination control plans and implementation

  • Knowledge and experience with precision cleaning techniques as they related to ceramic and or silicon carbide

  • Working knowledge of the manufacture of optical components and optical assembly 

  • Working knowledge of ASTM and MIL spec. requirements as they pertain to contamination

Working Environment & Physical Demands:

  • Ability to handle multiple tasks

  • Flexibility to changing environment 


Salary Range: $95,000 USD - $142,400 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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