Principal Numerical Control (NC) Programmer

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Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems has an opening for a Principal Numerical Control Programmer to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position will be located in Palmdale, CA.

This position develops and writes programs for numerically controlled machines using engineering specifications and drawings. Analyzes engineering drawings to define configuration of parts and determine type and sequence of machine operations. Develops programs for machining parts, tools, or sheet metal on numerically controlled machine tools. Makes proper cutter selections for each part, taking into consideration such factors as speeds, types of cutters, feeds, and control system limitations. Selects program routines for the most efficient computer calculation of dimensional and machining requirements for each part. Tests and modifies existing parts programs for engineering changes or program improvements.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Minimum of a High School Diploma/GED and 9 years of machining or programming experience OR a Bachelor degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) field and 5 years of machining or programming experience OR a Master's degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) field and 3 years of machining or programming experience
  • Knowledge of material and process parameters including feeds and speeds
  • Ability to perform material removal rate and other automated manufacturing calculations
  • The ability to obtain and maintain a DOD secret clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with project management and systems engineering
  • EVMS (Earned value management system)
  • Advanced aerospace coatings applications
  • Low Observable technology
  • Manufacturing Production Automation
  • Robotics and advanced manufacturing technologies
  • Experience using NX CAM, Vericut VCS/VCP, NC Programming, virtual simulation, Process Simulate, Cenit .
  • Ply Cutting, Milling, Fiber Placement, Trim/Drilling, NDI.
  • Ability to select and optimize cutter types for various machining processes. NC Programming experience using NX CAM environment
  • Experience programming both conventional and multiple axis configurations typically gantry and / or robotic varieties

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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