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Principal/Senior Principal Equipment Engineer

Requisition ID: R10103254

  • 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.

AOA Xinetics (AOX), a wholly owned Northrop Grumman Space Systems, Payload and Ground Systems Division Business Unit, is a leading supplier of complex electro-optic and photonic systems and subsystems that control and manipulate light waves for a variety of applications. We are seeking a Principal Equipment Engineer to support our Manufacturing Operations in our Devens, MA facility.

This position may also be filled at the Senior Principal level.

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AOX is committed to the rapid development, manufacture and delivery of leading-edge deformable mirror and commercial products, utilizing advances in ceramic materials, technology and processing to meet or exceed customer expectations. The Equipment Engineer will provide manufacturing technical expertise and direction to specify, procure, qualify, and maintain cutting edge processing equipment.

The successful candidate must have excellent verbal and written communication skills; be able to multi-task in a fast-paced, dynamic, and high visibility environment; and work well as part of a team. They must also be a self- starter who is able to work independently or in small teams using schematics, diagrams, and written and verbal descriptions. Excellent prioritization, planning and documentation skills are required.

Role and responsibilities:

  • Interact, support and collaborate with manufacturing engineering and production organizations in providing world-class metrics on state of the art manufacturing equipment

  • Apply complex knowledge of fundamental concepts, practices, and procedures to expedite troubleshooting and repair of complex industrial equipment with integrated electronic, hydraulic, robotics, and pneumatics systems

  • Communicate maintenance and repair efforts to management and cross functional groups in a customer facing capacity on a regular basis

  • Take ownership in providing support and leadership for maintenance and repair events at a project management level

  • Develop work instructions for recurring repairs and processes

  • Support capital equipment projects as needed

  • Work with Manufacturing Engineering SME’s to develop a Predictive and Preventive Maintenance Program for a variety of production assets ensuring reliability checks are made

  • Ensure all applicable documents, drawings and instructions are available for machine evaluation, troubleshooting and repair

  • Develop and maintain performance metrics, i.e., machine uptime, predictive, and OEE

  • Own, repair, and gain a solid understanding of complex machine system functions, controls and kinematics through prior experience, or manufacturer trainings to maintain operating metrics to world class levels

Basic Qualifications for Principal level:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or related field with 5+ years of relevant experience. An additional 4 years’ experience may be considered in lieu of a degree

  • Extensive experience in a manufacturing environment, working with industrial manufacturing machinery, and production equipment

  • Advanced MS Office software applications

Basic Qualifications for Senior Principal level:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or related field with 9+ years of relevant experience. An additional 4 years’ experience may be considered in lieu of a degree

  • Extensive experience in a manufacturing environment working with industrial manufacturing machinery, production and test related equipment

  • Advanced MS Office software application

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Engineering or related STEM field

  • Knowledge of manufacturing processes and equipment used in the semiconductor industry

  • Troubleshooting experience PLC Logic (Siemens, Allen-Bradley, GE)

  • Thorough knowledge of electrical schematics and technical drawings

  • Prior experience as a maintenance or service technician on industrial, automated and/ or manufacturing equipment

  • Electronics experience in a manufacturing, assembly and/ or troubleshooting capacity


Salary Range: $95,000 USD - $142,400 USD
Salary Range 2: $117,700 USD - $176,500 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.