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Northrop Grumman Opto Mechanical Process Engineer in Devens, Massachusetts


RELOCATION ASSISTANCE: Relocation assistance may be available


TRAVEL: Yes, 25% of the Time


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AOA Xinetics (AOX), a wholly-owned Northrop Grumman Space Systems, Payload and Ground Systems Division Business Venture, is a leading supplier of complex electro-optic and photonic systems and subsystems that control and manipulate light waves for a variety of applications.


Reporting to the Manufacturing Engineering Manager, the Opto-Mechanical Process Engineer is responsible for the execution and support of current projects and programs area of precision pointing products, optical telescope/assemblies, deformable and fast-steering mirrors and optical systems, material bonding applications in a highly dynamic technical diverse product work environment. Specifically, the Opto-Mechanical Process Engineer will be responsible for daily production and process development. They will be the technical interface between the design engineering staff and production.


  • Work collaboratively with peers and peer organizations in the design support for manufacturing with MIL-STD 810G environmental considerations

  • Responsible for the review of current process and work instructions with an eye towards completeness and pertinent modifications.

  • Assist in the development of manufacturing engineering processes, monitors process metrics and associated manufacturing work cell functionality. Manufacturing processes shall enable the manufacturing of current and future AOX products that meet technical specifications, high quality standards, and relevant agency compliance requirements

  • Identify and propose manufacturing improvements projects in collaboration with team members including the following; manufacturing process improvement, yield management, production rate improvement and work cell enhancements and procurement. Use fundamental physical and materials science principles to drive production and design changes that result in superior products

  • Responding to production process problems and driving the implementation of solutions. Collaborate with Quality Engineers to reduce defects and maintain high production yield rates

  • Identify systems and process goals to ensure that work cells and equipment meet operational performance and usage requirements. This would include identifying preventive maintenance activities to be included in the AOX Manufacturing Preventive Maintenance Program

  • Technical recommendations and oversight of external suppliers that provide manufacturing services

  • Collaborates with Design Engineering regarding design concepts and specification requirements to best use work cell capabilities and manufacturing processes to assure design for manufacturing products.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor degree in Physics, Mechanical or Optical Engineering

  • 2 years of opto-mechanical manufacturing and process development engineering experience in a Defense/DoD, Space or related industry

  • Working knowledge of mechanical design software; e.g. SolidWorks or Matlab, etc

  • Well versed in ASME Y14.5-2009, Dimensioning and Tolerance specification

  • Clear, concise oral and written communication skills

  • Proficiency in MS Office applications

  • Strong critical thinking and logical reasoning skills and the ability to apply them to solve issues and predict potential technical risks

  • Conducts business with impeccable ethics; fosters ethical behavior at all times. Maintains a positive and professional working environment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Physics, Mechanical or Optical Engineering

  • Gaussian Beam Propagation and Aberration Theory & Optical System Design Subject Matter Expert

  • Lean Six Sigma Certification

  • Programming skills including CMM or Optical CMM Inspection tools

Physical Requirements:

  • 10 – 20% travel

  • Ability to sit/stand 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.

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