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Sr. Engineer, Design

Sr. Engineer, Design

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Engineering - Mechanical Engineering

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Aerojet Rocketdyne is a world-recognized aerospace and defense leader that provides propulsion and energetics to the space, missile defense, strategic systems, tactical systems and armaments areas, in support of domestic and international markets.


We are bringing 800 new jobs to Huntsville, Alabama as the home of Aerojet Rocketdyne's Defense headquarters and Rocket Shop Defense Advanced Programs and a state-of-the art advanced manufacturing facility.  We are building a team to the design industry leading solid and liquid propulsion systems.  This team will design products such as solid rocket motors for a wide array of customers and programs, controllable solid propulsion systems, advanced solid rocket motor propulsion systems, advanced conceptual design to support the RocketShop as well as supporting enterprise wide efforts in areas such as hypersonics.


Aerojet Rocketdyne seeks Sr. Composite Case Design Engineers and Solid Propulsion Design Engineers for this Huntsville, AL location.  Aerojet Rocketdyne is identifying prospects with the skills and experience to fulfill our current and anticipated hiring needs. This posting may not represent a specific immediate opening but rather broadly represents a type of opening for which we anticipate hiring or may currently be open. Those who express an interest may be considered for current and future positions at Aerojet Rocketdyne.

Essential Job Functions (Including % of Time for Each)

Using independent professional judgment and application of engineering principles, theories and concepts:


20% - Lead complex design projects with a focus in mechanical engineering and hardware integration for solid propulsion systems and/or composite structures. Work directly with chief engineers, system engineers and program leadership to plan and execute development projects and/or production hardware deliveries. Derive driving requirements, prepare engineering bill of materials and drawing release plans. Coordinate and oversee the work of less experienced engineering staff.


40% - Drive mechanical design activities for solid propulsion systems and components and/or composite structures. Solid propulsion design activities include strategic booster motors, tactical rocket motors and controllable solids.  Composite structures design activities include strategic rocket booster composite cases, tactical rocket motor cases, composite armaments, composite over-wrapped pressure vessels, and composite flight structures. Individual work shall include developing design concepts, 3D models and support the development of detailed drawings for the manufacture of parts. Lead and conduct trade studies and develop component specifications and procedures as required. Coordinate with component analysis, manufacturing, project engineering, quality and customer support groups. Plan and execute design tasks with minimal oversight and work effectively within an Integrated Product Team (IPT) environment.


20% - Support shop floor and production hardware processing. Review and address non-conforming hardware, process planning, support production meetings, and work with supply chain to assure that design requirements are met. Lead engineering drawing and specification updates at configuration change boards.


20% - Prepare presentations and technical material for internal and external customers.


Requires Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering and nine (9) years or more of directly related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required. An advanced engineering degree is a plus. A strong mechanical aptitude and experience with CAD software tools (CREO and/or NX) expected, as well as proficiency with Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel and PowerPoint). Prior experience with Solid Propulsion System component and assemblies and/or Composite Structures is key to performing job requirements. Experience with FEA tools such as ANSYS Workbench and/or NX NASTRAN is desired.



US Citizenship required. Must be able to obtain and maintain a U.S. Security Clearance at the appropriate level (U.S. Citizenship required). Must also be able to satisfy federal government requirements for access to government information, and having dual citizenship may preclude you from being able to meet this requirement.


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 or stand and maintain attention to detail despite interruptions; may occasionally lift/carry/push/pull up to 25 pounds; may require occasional 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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