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Northrop Grumman Principal Manufacturing Engineer - Space Components in Goleta, California



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 Space 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.

This position may be filled at a level 2 or level 3.


Creating and improving manufacturing processes to meet challenging hardware requirements.

Reviewing engineering designs and drawings for accuracy and manufacturability.

Managing Manufacturing Bill of Materials through the use of MRP.

Working alongside the manufacturing teams to ensure that overall quality, delivery and cost objectives are achieved.

Communicating manufacturing plans and processes to internal and external customers through Manufacturing Readiness Reviews.

Provides technical guidance and liaison to operations, assists the supervisors on new techniques and assist in the determination of causes of rejected parts.

Creating manufacturing plans and detailed work instructions. Provide redlines and/or updating of Manufacturing Work Instructions on the shop floor.

Specify all necessary special processes, equipment, and fixtures required for manufacturing on assigned programs.

Continuously work to improve manufacturing methods, efficiency and product quality. Participate in continuous improvement projects.

Assist in tool design when required to help support operations by developing tooling concepts and using of CAD software to model and release of tool drawings.

Monitor quality discrepancies, identify trends, investigate problems and implement corrective actions.

Evaluates manufacturing processes by applying knowledge of product design, fabrication, assembly, tooling, and materials; conferring with equipment vendors; soliciting observations from operators.

Job Category : Engineering