Mechanical Technician 3

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 Innovation Systems designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation-related systems to customers around the world. Our main products include launch vehicles and related propulsion systems; missile products, subsystems and defense electronics; precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition; satellites and associated space components and services; and advanced aerospace structures.

We are currently seeking an experienced Mechanical Technician 3 to join our team at our Princess Anne, MD facility.

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Support design, development, construction, or evaluation of hardware relevant to sub-orbital vehicles
  • Support integration tests for sub-orbital vehicles
  • Fabricate and test hardware and electro-mechanical components relevant to the sub-orbital vehicle. Fabricate or modify mechanical parts including prototype hardware, brackets, payload skins, and GSE
  • Conduct tests on subcontractor supplied hardware as well as routine testing of new inventory components
  • Set up and operate equipment for integration tests and to support launches
  • Fit and assemble parts into complete assemblies using jigs, fixtures, surface plate, surface table, hand tools, and power tools.
  • Fabricate and test mechanical components and subsystems.
  • Resolve hardware compliance problems and coordinate work to assist with system integration of both the technical ground hardware and the flight hardware.
  • Responsibility of performing inspection, assembly, testing, and checkout, shipping of various rocket motors, igniters, and electro-explosive devices according to written procedures.
  • Responsible for inspection, acceptance, assembly, testing, and checkout of all vehicle inert hardware such as fins, tail cans, interstages, launch lugs, adapters, electro-mechanical devices, etc.
  • Perform non-routine assignments required to support a complete mission project involving the transporting, assembly, checkout, and launch of various rocket vehicle systems.
  • Perform flight preparation and checkout of all launch vehicle hardware and systems to meet flight readiness.
  • Perform safe launch vehicle and launch pad operations prior to and during countdowns under the direction of the launch pad supervisor.
  • Use approved documentation and safety principles while performing hazardous related duties at launch sites
  • Perform other related duties as assigned or required.

Specific Requirements/Licensing
  • Mechanical and metalworking knowledge including the ability to drill and tap holes, minor sheet metal work, and/or light machining
  • Must be familiar with hydraulic and or pneumatic systems
  • Capable of understanding technical written documents, prints, schematics, and procedures
  • Knowledge of and skill in the use of all basic machine shop equipment and accessories to produce mechanical components.
  • Knowledge and practical application required to perform inspection, assembly, testing, checkout, and flight preparation of rocket motors, stages, launch vehicles, rocket launchers, and other related flight hardware and GSE
  • Apply safe launch vehicle and launch pad operations prior to and during count down.
  • Ability to interface effectively with engineers

Training and Certifications in the following may be required:

  • Crane Operator Certification per applicable standard
  • Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) Control
  • Forklift Operator Certification
  • General Safety Awareness, IT Security, Environmental Compliance, and Personnel Safety and Health
  • Hazardous Materials Handlers
  • High Pressure Operations per applicable standard
  • Mate / Demate per applicable standard
  • Ordnance / Pyrotechnics Certification per applicable standard

Education & Experience
  • Associate Degree in Mechanical Technology, or equivalent military/trade school training and 5 years of general experience; 5 years as a mechanical technician is preferred
Additional Desired/Preferred Requirements/Responsibilities

  • Fits and assembles machined parts into complete units
  • Utilize prints, sketches, drawings, manuals, specifications, or sample part to produce aerospace quality hardware
  • Verify dimensions and alignment of assembly, using measuring instruments, such as micrometers, height gauges, and gauge blocks
  • Exercise independence of technical support and utilize experience in making judgments

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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