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NRE Operator

Requisition ID: R10106954

  • CategoryCategory: Non-CJCS
  • LocationLocation: Radford, VA, USA
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: None
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • ShiftShift: Rotating Shifts (United States of America)
  • Travel RequirementsTravel Required: No
  • Number of Positions AvailablePositions Available: 25

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.

This full-time position is the entry level production position across New River Energetics (NRE) in Radford, VA.  Once an employee has completed new hire training. Operators take direction from leaders and supervisors in order to safely produce quality products following work procedures and operating a variety of machinery.

Essential Functions
• Follow all safety, environmental, and production rules and procedures.
• Stop operations and notify Supervision of any abnormal conditions, including any potential safety hazards or unsafe conditions.
• Perform job so that product quality is assured.
• Inspect operating equipment on a daily basis.
• Call Maintenance for equipment repairs, or report to Leader or Supervisor.
• Detect and inform Leader or Supervisor of any problems with equipment or materials.
• Support NRE’s Performance Enterprise System (PES) initiatives.
• Perform all activities outlines in operating procedures for assigned work area.
• Set up and operate various types of production machinery.
• Maintain work are and equipment in a clean and orderly condition.
• Maintain production and operation records, including online record keeping and product identification tools.

Physical requirements to perform essential functions
• Lift of to 50 pounds repetitively
• Push carts weighing up to 1,000 pounds
• Bend and stoop repetitively
• Stand, walk, and climb steps repetitively
• Ability to safely operate a motor vehicle

Work environment
• Must be able to work in all weather extremes
• Must be able to work overtime when needed, per the guidelines outlined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement

Key abilities required to perform essential functions
• Read and understand written and verbal procedures and work instructions
• Effective verbal communication skills
• Basic math skills
• Ability to function in a team environment
• Ability to carry out job assignment without direct supervision
• Ability to clearly write and record information
• Ability to access and accurately record time worked in electronic timekeeping system
• Ability to use a computer for production record keeping
• Ability to drive various vehicles including, but not limited to, powder van, passenger van, sedan, and pickup, as well as forklift as required by work assignment
• Commitment to operating safely, with environmental awareness, and with a focus on producing a quality product

Pay Information

  • $21.88/hr., then after 120 days, it increases to $23.51/hr.

  • Yearly pay increases, as outlined in the collective bargaining agreement.


  • 7 day swing shift.

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.