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Machinist 2

Requisition ID: R10111264

  • CategoryCategory: Manufacturing and Production
  • LocationLocation: East Hartford, CT, 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
  • 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 an experienced Machinist to support Xinetics 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. Markets for these technologies include civilian astronomy and semiconductor capital equipment as well as defense ISR and Directed Energy.

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Reporting to the Manufacturing Engineering Manager, the CNC Machinist will be responsible for the execution and support of all machining activities. Including machining a variety of materials (i.e., aluminum, stainless, titanium, and plastics).

Also responsible for inspection of work, interpreting blueprints, and design, fabrication, and assembly of fixtures.


  • Sets up and operate a variety of machines such as manual Bridgeport, Prototrax two axis CNC, Haas CNC Machining Center, bandsaw, manual lathe and drill press.

  • Set-ups include drill chucks, collets, end mill holders for millers and machining centers. Also includes fixture set-ups with indicators and edge finders.

  • Required to Interpret blueprints, sketches, engineering specifications, and knowledge of GD&T.

  • Verify settings by measuring positions, first-run part, and sample work pieces, adhering to international standards.

  • Use a variety of machinist hand tools and precision measuring instruments (i.e. Micrometer, Calipers, and dial indicators)

  • Maintain materials, parts, and equipment required to keep model shop operational.

  • Set up and operate any type of precision machine tool to make original parts, tools, mechanisms, and devices.

  • Solve problems relative to work-holding arrangement, unusual materials, machine settings and tools.

  • Maintain safe operations by adhering to safety procedures and regulations.

  • Maintain continuity among work shift by documenting and communicating actions, irregularities, and continuing needs.

  • Document actions by completing production work instructions.

  • Update job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities; reading technical publications.

Basic Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent and 2+ years of CNC Machining experience.

  • Ability to read and interpret drawings, blueprints, and knowledge of GD&T.

  • Use of basic hand tools.

  • Strong attention to detail and good verbal/written communication skills.

  • Proficient Microsoft Office skills.

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

  • Ability to obtain a TS/SCI Clearance.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to lay out own work.

  • Ability to assess time estimation for work performed.

  • Proficient in Dimensioning and Tolerancing specification.

  • Experienced in machining a variety of alloys and plastics.

  • Experience with MasterCAM and SolidWorks.

  • Knowledge of manual programming and editing of CNC machines.

  • Work with little supervision.

  • Active TS/SCI Clearance.


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