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Machinist 2/ Machinist 3- Space components

Requisition ID: R10097798

  • CategoryCategory: Manufacturing and Production
  • LocationLocation: San Diego, CA, USA
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: None
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • ShiftShift: 2nd Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel RequirementsTravel Required: No
  • 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’s Payload and Ground Systems (PGS) division, Spacecraft Components is a leading designer, producer, and supplier of spacecraft components that power and enable satellites of all classes. Products include spacecraft panels, bus structures, precision optical structures, deployable structural systems and mechanisms, solar arrays, and antenna reflectors. Our products are on virtually every U.S. satellite built in the last 20 years.    


Learn more about Spacecraft Components at our website:    


Our San Diego, CA site is in search of a Machinist 2 or 3 to join our growing team on 2nd Shift (1:00pm – 10:30pm). 


Roles and Responsibilities   

As a Machinist 2/ 3 you will work on and inspect next generation composite structures. 

In this role, the machinist is responsible for but not limited to: 

  • Setting up and operating HAAS GM2 5-axis milling machines.  

  • Determining sequence of operations, number of cuts required, and method of setup. 

  • Plan machining by studying work orders, blueprints, engineering plans, materials, specifications, and machining parameters; interpreting geometric dimensions and tolerances (GD&T).   

  •  Measuring, marking, and scribing dimensions and reference points to lay out stock for machining. 

  •  Fitting and assembling precision parts into mechanical equipment and determining material, parts, and equipment required.  


 Basic Qualifications:   

  • High school diploma or GED and 2 years (Level 2) or 4yrs (Level 3) of additional education and/or related experience 

  • CNC 5-axis machining experience.  

  • Experience with composite, honeycomb, and aluminum materials  

  • Ability to read and interpret blueprints, production specifications, production diagrams, assembly drawings, and technical specifications 

  • Experience with GD & T 

  • Experience in following written set-up instructions and /or performing unique set-ups 

  • Experience in complex measurements and advanced shop math calculations relative to tolerances, dimensions, tooling, and feeds and speeds 

  • Experience running machines and setup 


 Preferred Qualifications   

  • Associates degree or Trade School certification w/ 3 years of experience 

  •  Experience with HAAS GM2 5-Axis  Controller 

  • Demonstrated ability to resolve unforeseen, unique issues as they arise in machining a part(s) 

  • Ability to understand and work with knowledge of Lean manufacturing principles and disciplines 

  • Ability to work flexible hours, overtime, and weekends as needed 



Salary Range: $47,600 USD - $79,300 USD
Salary Range 2: $56,600 USD - $94,300 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.