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Associate Manufacturing Technician

San Diego, CA

Job Description

Job ID: CM20180805-45526

With projected annual revenues of $4.5 billion, approximately 12,500 employees, and operations in about 20 states, Orbital ATK is a company on the move. Our mission is to ensure that our customers accomplish their mission — whether it’s a technological breakthrough, a satellite launch, or protecting our nation. The company is the world’s leading supplier of solid rocket motors, a leading provider of launch vehicles, satellites and other space systems, and the nation’s largest manufacturer of ammunition.

COI Ceramics (COIC), a part of Orbital ATK’s Space Components Division, leads the industry in the development, fabrication and production of High Temperature Ceramic Matrix Composite Components and test articles.  COIC is currently hiring a 1st shift Associate Manufacturing Technician in our San Diego, CA location.  

Successful candidate will be responsible for the following:

Primary duties

  • Use of vacuum bagging processes.
  • Lay-up of composite structures
  • Handling and managing fragile composite materials.
  • Report data and interface with other employees and departments
  • Tooling preparation and release application.
  • Loading autoclave cure vessels. (Max 150 psi)
  • Loading operating oven(s).
  • Loading operating high temperature furnaces
  • Utilize measurement tools such as calipers, rulers, and tape measures for fabricating hardware.
  • Assist in maintaining overall shop appearance and cleanliness.

Basic qualifications include:

  • Experience in a manufacturing environment; composites materials industry experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated mechanical ability.
  • Initiative, self-starter, adaptable, and high motivation for excellence.
  • Able to read, write and work to written instructions, blueprints, or shop drawings in English.
  • Proficient use of basic shop arithmetic
  • Experience or familiarity with ISO requirements, standards, and compliance issues.
  • Standard computer literacy skills in Microsoft Office: Word and Excel.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Excels in a team environment.
  • Ability to work under limited supervision.
  • Ability to multitask, prioritize, adhere to written procedures
  • Ability to lift/push/pull up to 50 pounds.
  • Ability to be on feet for up to 8+ hours each day.
  • Ability to work Overtime and Weekends as needed.


Additional experience a plus:

  • Knowledge of Lean-Continuous Improvement Principles
  • Development of composite layup tooling
  • Machining experience
  • Basic knowledge of equipment maintenance
  • Ability to obtain a DOD Security Clearance, which requires US Citizenship as a pre-requisite.

Equal Opportunity Employer



Job Type: Full Time
Desired Travel: less than 25%
Years of Experience: 1-3 Years
Education: High School/GED
Expertise: Operations
Group: Space