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Non-Destructive Test Technician – Level 1 or 2

Requisition ID: R10093709

  • CategoryCategory: Mission and Quality Assurance
  • LocationLocation: Elkton, MD, USA
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: Secret
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • ShiftShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel RequirementsTravel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time
  • 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.

Northrop Grumman is currently seeking a Non-Destructive Test (NDT) Technician level 1 or 2 for our Elkton, Maryland location.

The Northrop Grumman Propulsion Systems and Controls (PS&C) facility in Elkton, Maryland began solid-propellant rocket operations in 1948. Today, the Elkton PS&C facility designs, develops, and produces solid-propellant propulsion and ordnance systems in programs professionally managed for a wide variety of Government and commercial customers.  The facility also serves as the hub for offsite engineering and test facilities in Ronkonkoma, NY, Palm Beach Gardens, FL and San Jose, CA.

Elkton, Maryland is located on the Upper Chesapeake Bay, midway between Philadelphia and Baltimore. Discover charming small towns, parks with miles of trails, specialty and antique shops, award winning restaurants, and inns.  You can hike, bike, camp, bird watch, ride horseback, or drop a fishing line.  Five rivers, Chesapeake Bay and the C&D Canal can be explored by boat or by land. Experience panoramic views from Turkey Point Lighthouse on a bluff overlooking the Bay, or from the banks of the C&D Canal where ships from around the globe cruise.

Position Summary:
Performs non-destructive tests (NDT) on aerospace components and assemblies. Inspects metallic and nonmetallic materials, parts and assemblies for defects using automated and manual methods and techniques including radiography, ultrasound, and penetrant inspection methods. Requires certifications in non-destructive testing in accordance with regulations.  Radiographic techniques include film, computed radiography and computed tomography.


  • Operate high and low energy X-radiation equipment, operate automated film processor, computed radiography scanner, and computed tomography equipment and computers
  • Operate ultrasonic flaw detector
  • Inspect parts and components using x-ray, ultrasound, and penetrant inspection techniques
  • Make accept/reject decisions and document those decisions
  • Must complete all training and qualifications up to and including NAS 410 Level 2 which includes formal classroom training, on-the-job training and written and practical exams for each NDT method

This position can be filled at either the NDT Technician (1) / NDT Technician (2) level, depending on years of experience and qualifications.

Basic Qualifications NDT Level 1:

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Experience working as an industrial NDT technician.
  • Ability to pass the 20/25 Snellen vision test for NAS 410 certification
  • Candidate must have strong mathematical skills
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain Level II certifications in radiography, ultrasound, and penetrant inspection methods
  • Ability to read engineering drawings and specifications
  • Perform physical requirements of this position including lifting up to 50 lbs.
  • Must be proficient with Word, Excel, Outlook
  • Demonstrated written and oral communication skills in English
  • Must be available to work overtime and weekends
  • U.S. Citizenship; must be able to obtain a Secret Clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work with a team
  • 1 + years working as an industrial NDT technician with documented classroom training for at least 1 NDT method. Must be able to provide formal training and experience records

Basic Qualifications NDT Level 2:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent GED
  • Current Level 2 ASNT or NAS 410 certification in radiographic inspection (RT), ultrasonic testing (UT) or penetrant testing (PT) with a minimum of 2 years of NDT Level 2 experience. Must be able to provide certification and experience records
  • Candidate must have strong mathematical skills including basic algebra
  • Advanced PC skills including proficiency with MS Office products
  • Demonstrated written and oral communication skills in English
  • Experience with specification and drawing interpretation
  • Perform physical requirements of this position including lifting up to 50 lbs.
  • Must be available to work overtime and weekends
  • U.S. Citizenship; must be able to obtain a Secret Clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Background in NDT of Aerospace products
  • Certified NDT Level 2 inspector in at least two NDT methods
  • Experience with non-film radiographic techniques

This position falls under a Federal Explosives License issued by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) for this location.  Candidates hired into this role will be required to complete and submit an Employee Possessor Questionnaire to ATF for approval to be a possessor.


Salary Range: $41,600 USD - $69,300 USD
Salary Range 2: $49,400 USD - $82,400 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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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.