Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems Careers

Senior Manufacturing Technician

Gilbert, AZ

Job Description

Job ID: RS20181206-46112

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.

Education and Experience:

This position entails the manufacture of aerospace thermal blankets, comprised of thin, fragile films sewn and taped together. Working in the Multi-Layer Insulation area (MLI).  Assembly is performed in a Professional atmosphere in a Clean Room environment.  Daily work attire includes lab coat and latex gloves at all times.  Use of industrial sewing machine, scissors, X-acto knives and common hand tools.  Operation of Gerber automated cutting machine and related software.


This Sr. Manufacturing Technician should be capable and experienced in working in a broad based manufacturing environment.  Technician will work with a Team of several people and take direction form a Manufacturing Eng.  Will ultimately report to Sr. Manager of Operations


The candidate must work well alone and within a team environment. Must possess good problem solving skills, organizational skills, communication skills, and work with limited supervision. Must be a self starter, must be self motivated, and a team player. Familiarization with ESD, FOD, 5S, and Tool Control required.



A High School diploma or equivalent and a minimum of seven years of related experience in the above manufacturing processes required. Must have the ability to be certified to applicable NASA and IPC J-Std processes  


  • Must be mechanically inclined and work well with hands
  • Attention to details and high level of craftsmanship
  • Operation of industrial sewing machine
  • Follow verbal and written work instructions
  • Willing and fast learner, able to complete tasks with little supervision
  • Must be flexible and able to adapt to frequent changes in task assignments
  • Read engineering drawings a must
  • Proficient use of MS Word and Excel


Ideal candidate will have:

  • Computer aided design or cutting experience
  • Previous position in aerospace or similar engineering and manufacturing environment
  • Previous textile design and manufacturing (clothing, fabrics, commercial)


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.

Job Type: Full Time
Desired Travel: less than 25%
Years of Experience: 5-8 Years
Education: High School/GED
Expertise: Operations
Group: Space