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Northrop Grumman CNC Machinist/Programmer in Devens, Massachusetts


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Adaptive Optics Associates – Xinetics (AOA Xinetics), a wholly-owned Northrop Grumman Space Systems, Payload and Ground Systems Division Business Venture, is currently seeking an experienced CNC Machinist to support Xinetics activities in Devens MA.


Reporting to the Precision Device Production Manager, the CNC Machinist will be responsible for the execution and support of all machining activities as they related to the production of products. Including machining of ceramic materials containing lead oxides, and the ability to handle all fragile components required during the build process.


  • Sets up and operate a variety of machine tools such as GN grinder, IWT wire saw, and Haas machining centers to make ceramic parts to exacting tolerances and dimensions

  • Program CNC equipment by entering instructions, including zero and reference points; setting tool registers, offsets, compensation, and conditional switches; calculating requirements, including basic math, geometry, and trigonometry; proving part programs

  • Conduct machine set-ups installing and adjusting chucks, tools, attachments, collets, bushings, cams, gears, stops, and stock pushers; indicating vices

  • Interpret blueprints, sketches, and engineering specifications

  • Verify settings by measuring positions, first-run part, and sample work pieces; adhering to international standards

  • Use a variety of machinist hand tools and precision measuring instruments

  • Determine material, parts, and equipment required

  • Set up and operate any type of precision machine tool to make original parts, tools, mechanisms, and devices.

  • Solve problems relative to work-holding arrangement, unusual materials, machine settings and tools

  • Maintain safe operations by adhering to safety procedures and regulations

  • Maintain continuity among work shifts by documenting and communicating actions, irregularities, and continuing needs

  • Document actions by completing production work instructions

  • Update job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities; reading technical publications

Basic Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or G.E.D.

  • 5+ years of CNC Machining and Programming experience

  • Ability to read and interpret drawings and blue prints

  • Use of basic hand tools

  • Strong attention to detail and good verbal/written communication skills

  • Proficient Microsoft Office skills

  • U.S. Citizenship is a requirement for employment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Associates Degree in a mechanical or machining related curriculum or 15years machining and programming experience

  • Ability to lay out own work

  • Expert in ASME Y14.5-2009, Dimensioning and Tolerancing specification.

  • Proven and demonstrated experience in machining of ceramic materials; e.g. alumina, silicon carbide.

  • Proficiency with MasterCAM, SurfCAM or equivalent CNC software.

  • Set up and operates a variety of machine tools.

  • 4 years’ additional education and/ CNC machine experience

  • Work with little supervision

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to lift up to 50lbs

  • Ability to stand, sit, walk and bend for long periods of time

Salary Range: $1.00 - $1.00

Employees may be eligible for a discretionary bonus in addition to base pay. Annual bonuses are designed to reward individual contributions as well as allow employees to share in company results. Employees in Vice President or Director positions may be eligible for Long Term Incentives. In addition, Northrop Grumman provides a variety of benefits including health insurance coverage, life and disability insurance, savings plan, Company paid holidays and paid time off (PTO) for vacation and/or personal business.

The health and safety of our employees and their families is a top priority. With the continuing impacts of COVID-19 around the world, we are taking action to protect the health and well-being of our colleagues and maintain the safety of the communities where we operate. As a federal contractor, and consistent with Executive Order 14042 ( https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/contractors/ ), we will require all newly hired employees in the United States to be fully vaccinated by January 18, 2022, or by your start date if it is after January 18. Federal guidance allows for disability/medical and religious accommodations with respect to the vaccine requirement. Any requested accommodations must be reviewed and approved (if applicable) in advance of your start date.

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 http://www.northropgrumman.com/EEO . U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.

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