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Specialist Engineer, System Operability & Analysis

Specialist Engineer, System Operability & Analysis

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Engineering - Systems Engineering

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Aerojet Rocketdyne is the preferred provider of high-value propulsion, power, energy, and innovative system solutions. Our products and services have been used in a wide variety of government and commercial applications, including the main engines for the NASA SLS, Atlas and Delta launch vehicles, and missile defense systems including flight research vehicles.


Join our team as a Systems Operability & Analysis Engineer. This position will be located at our West Palm Beach, FL office.


This job may be filled at the level posted or at the next higher level.

Essential Job Functions (Including % of Time for Each)

Working with minimal direction, theincumbent excercises considerable latitude in determining objectives and approaches to assignments while guiding the successful completion of major projects.  May functiomn as a project team leader.


40% - Perform advanced concept thermodynamic design of liquid rocket engines and/or air-breathing engines to define propulsion cycles that meet functional vehicle requirements. During the development activities of these propulsion systems the systems analyst will primarily plan, conduct, and technically direct performance analyses and evaluate the steady state and transient operation of these propulsion systems. Duties may include evaluation of ground test and flight data to determine engine health and conformance to performance requirements.


40% - Plan, create, maintain, manage, and use math models of propulsion systems which characterize the thermodynamic, aerodynamic, fluid dynamic and mechanical operation of these systems.


10% - Propulsion development activities include contributing technical analyses to anomaly investigation and resolution teams.


10% - As required, provide on-site customer technical support for vehicle preparation, launch and post-flight activities.


Requires a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering and a minimum of nine (9) years' directly related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.



  • Requires in-depth working knowledge of technical principles, theories and concepts within Systems Analysis including performance & operability predictions and data analyses; System-level math modeling; fundamental knowledge of propulsion system component and working fluid physics. Utilizes advanced techniques to modify and extend theories, precepts, and practices of the Systems Analysis engineering field and related sciences and disciplines.
  • May direct, coordinate, and review the work of a small staff of engineers and/or technicians; estimates personnel needs, and schedules and assigns work to meet completion date, or, as individual researcher or staff specialist, may be assisted on projects by other engineers or technicians.
  • The candidate should have an educational background in heat transfer, thermodynamics and fluid dynamics.
  • The candidate should have demonstrated skills in writing engineering analyses in various programming languages (FORTRAN, C++, Matlab/Simulink etc.).
  • Good written and oral communication skills are required.
  • Candidate must be self motivated, maintain attention to detail, and have good interpersonal skills to work effectively in team environments.
  • Schedule flexibility to provide test support or flight support outside of normal office hours is required.
  • 10% travel required.

US Citizenship Only Required. Dual Citizenship does not meet job qualifications. Must be able to obtain and maintain a U.S. Security Clearance at the appropriate level (requires U.S. Citizenship). Must be able to satisfy federal government requirements for access to government information.


Work Environment/Physical Requirements:

Employees in these positions must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and to use standard office equipment, including a computer; stamina to sit and to maintain attention to detail despite interruptions; may occasionally lift/carry/push/pull up to 25 pounds; may require minimal walking, climbing, stooping, crouching, and/or bending; and vision to read printed materials and a computer screen, and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone. May require the ability to travel by air or auto. May require the use of personal protective equipment such as safety glasses, safety shoes, and shop coat. These positions may be expected to work varying shifts and hours to ensure successful operation of activities in the organization. Must be able to travel by air, car or train.


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