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Propulsion Development Technician

Propulsion Development Technician

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US-CA-Canoga Park
Manufacturing and Production - Other

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Aerojet Rocketdyne is an innovative company delivering solutions that create value for its customers in the aerospace and defense markets. The company is a world-recognized aerospace and defense leader that provides propulsion and energetics to the space, missile defense and strategic systems, tactical systems and armaments areas, in support of domestic and international markets. Additional information about Aerojet Rocketdyne can be obtained by visiting our websites at and


We are seeking a Propulsion Development Technician to join our facility in Canoga Park, California (Los Angeles area). This is an hourly (union) job  assigned to the Component Test Center.


A 'propulsion development technician' is a mechanical technician that performs test set-up, test execution, and test tear-down of high pressure pneumatic/hydraulic pressure tests, water flow tests, structural tests, vibration tests, pump tests, and spin tests on rocket engine sub-systems and components.

Essential Job Functions (Including % of Time for Each)

60% - Rocket engine component production and development testing - set-up, test execution, tear-down - in the following component test disciplines: pressure test (hydrostatic and pneumatic), leak test (including Helium Mass Spec leak test), water flow test, structural test, spin test, vibration/shock test, modal test, pump test,and valve test/servicing.  This includes reading and interpretting information and instructions from electronic planning systems, Manufacturing planning documents, specifications, drawings and blueprints.


15% - Build/fabricate test systems, including high pressure plumbing.


15% - Test system maintenance and repair.


10% - Test process support, including training, metrics collection, staff meetings, housekeeping, etc.


High school diploma is preferred. Minimum 3 years of experience with mechanical component testing or a closely related field.


Must possess:

  • Ability to read and interpret information from electronic planning documents, MOR Books, drawings, tool orders, blueprints, sketches, specifications and engineering orders to determine sequence of operations and methods required to assemble, install, modify, repair and test propulsion sub-systems and components.
  • Hands-on experience with complex mechanical system assembly, including the ability to select and properly use a wide variety of mechanic’s hand and power tools.
  • Ability to layout, fabricate, assemble, install, hook up, modify and rework systems and components in fields of specialization such as pneumatics, hydraulics, electricity, servo-controls, instrumentation and hydro-mechanics.
  • Hands-on experience with high pressure hydraulic and/or pneumatic systems and familiarity with pressure system operating concepts.
  • Ability to set up and operate test equipment and precision measuring devices.
  • Ability to legibly record results of test activity, including input and processing of test data. Must possess basic math skills and be familiar with dimensional measuring equipment and physical units of measure.
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast paced team environment.

An Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) license is highly desirable. Hands on experience with fabricating/plumbing high pressure tubing systems is also highly desirable.


US Citizenship Only Required. Dual Citizenship does not meet job qualifications.



Work Environment and Physical Requirements:

The work environment may require a combination of indoor and outdoor activity (hot, cold, wet, humid conditions) with a varied amount of walking, standing, sitting, climbing (i.e. ladders, stair, scaffolding, ramps), balance (maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling when walking, standing, or crouching on narrow, slippery, or erratically moving surfaces), bending, reaching, handling/fingering (seizing, holding, grasping, turning picking, pinching), stooping, kneeling, crouching and ability to lift/carry/push/pull up to 50 pounds. Work may require the ability to operate material handling equipment (forklift, crane, hoist, man lift, etc.) in a safe manner. While performing the duties of this job, employees may work around variable noise levels or with fume or airborne particles, hazardous chemicals, etc. requiring the use of personal protective equipment such as face protection (safety glasses, goggles, face shield), foot protection (i.e. steel toed shoes, rubber boots, etc.), gloves, hard hat, shop coat and hearing protection. Some positions may require Respirator clearance up to and including the Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) Level A clearance. Work requires the ability to change into or out of personal protective equipment when entering or exiting manufacturing, laboratory, or other areas. Some employees may be required to drive between various locations within the Company facility or between locations. Work duties may also be required to work in a standard office setting and to use standard office equipment, including a computer and/or the ability to travel by air or auto. Ability to distinguish colors may also be necessary. This position may be expected to work varying shifts and hours to ensure successful operation of activities in the organization.


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