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Product Engineer

Requisition ID: R10110357

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • LocationLocation: East Hartford, CT, USA
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: Top Secret
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • ShiftShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel RequirementsTravel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time
  • 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 (NGSP), Payload and Ground Systems Division Business Unit, is currently seeking a Product Engineer to support Special Programs activities in East Hartford, CT.

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. The Company has substantial growth opportunities in support of many U.S. Government and NGSP business initiatives.

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Reporting to the Manufacturing Engineering Manager, the Product Engineer will perform manufacturing engineering support to the Special Programs team production; this includes sustaining engineering and new product transition from design engineering to the production team.

Role and Responsibilities:

The Product Engineer will be responsible for production support engineering with respect to testing methods, procedures, problem solving, electro-optic assembly specification and yield issues, minor redesign of assemblies, analysis of customer returns, and optimizing device production relative to cost constraints. They will assume responsibility for device transfer from engineering to production and usually responsible for supporting the entire device manufacturing operations.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering, or other applicable degree; with two years related experience, or 0 years' experience with a Masters degree. Four years additional experience may be substituted in lieu of a degree

  • Experience with cable harness and electronics/PCBs testing

  • Detail oriented, with the desire for continuous improvement to the production environment, processes, and documentation

  • Experience assembling bills of materials and writing engineering change orders

  • Some experience working with a materials requirements planning (MRP) system

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Comfortable working well as part of an integrated team including technicians, engineering peers and principal level engineers

  • Ability to read mechanical drawing schematics and understand basic Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing

  • Absolutely must be a self-starter and able to prioritize multiple tasks in a fast paced, highly technical work environment

  • Proficient Microsoft Office skills

  • U.S. Citizenship is a bona fide requirement as applicants selected will be subject to a government security investigation

  • Ability to obtain a Top Secret Clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Electrical Engineering Degree or Electrical Engineering Experience

  • Basic experience with SolidWorks or equivalent drawing package

  • Experience with alignment, assembly, bonding, and testing of precision opto-mechanical, fiber optic, micro-optic, and small mechanical components.

  • Master’s Degree and 2 plus years’ experience in related field

  • Active Top Secret Security Clearance

Physical Requirements:

  • Use of hand tools and manufacturing equipment

  • Occasional domestic travel up to 10% of the time


Salary Range: $77,100 USD - $115,700 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.