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Senior Project Engineer - Propulsion

Senior Project Engineer - Propulsion

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Engineering - Project Engineering

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Aerojet Rocketdyne, the premier company providing missile and space propulsion, is seeking a motivated, experienced engineer to lead the development and production of monopropellant and bipropellant rocket engines. You will work closely with our customers and meet their needs by leading the engineering aspects of planning, design, analyses, development, qualification, and production of chemical propulsion thrusters. The individual will work closely with Program Office personnel to meet Aerojet Rocketdyne’s business goals. The candidate will also interact with the propulsion system design groups and component engineers to specify, identify, and select the best technical solutions to meet performance expectations.

Essential Job Functions (Including % of Time for Each)

Provides leadership in support of program tasks and hardware technology development test efforts. The successful candidate may support both development and production programs. Among the duties will be customer presentations and submittals, as well as coordinating activities with internal organizations such as Supply Chain, Manufacturing, Quality, and Test. Estimated workload distribution:


20% - Lead engineering support for the production of high-performance monopropellant and/or bipropellant rocket engines. This includes requirements management, anomaly resolution, and anomaly prevention.


20% - Plan, conduct, and analyze data from engine hot fire tests.


15% - Support component development and qualification, including supplier oversight and management.


15% - Provide hardware fabrication support, including nonconformance resolution.


10% - Present results at internal and external meetings.


10% - Conduct performance, fluid dynamics and other engineering analysis as required in support of trade studies and programs.


10% - Support proposal activities and manage internal research and development efforts, as necessary.


Requires a Bachelor's degree in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or a related engineering discipline, and a minimum five (5) years of experience in liquid propulsion, either at the thruster or propulsion system level, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.   Experience leading technical teams is a plus. Experience with rocket engine technology development is preferred. An advanced degree is strongly preferred. Excellent written and verbal skills, and experience working in a team environment, are required. A solid knowledge of the applicable engineering principles, business practices, and experience working directly with hardware in the aerospace industry is highly desirable. Some travel is required within the United States to Aerojet Rocketdyne’s customers and suppliers, as needed.


Must be able to obtain and maintain a U.S. Security Clearance at the appropriate level .  US Citizenship only required. Dual Citizenship does not meet job qualifications. This position requires the employee to have access to premises  or perform duties which are subject to national security requirements of the United States under government contracts that impose US Citizenship requirements for such positions



Work Environment and 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 15 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.


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