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Manager, Mechanical Design

Manager, Mechanical Design

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Engineering - Mechanical Engineering

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This Manager position supports Aerojet Rocketdyne’s Mechanical Design Engineering organization and reports to the Senior Design Manager of Thrusters and Propulsion Systems. This position performs a variety of mechanical design engineering managerial tasks on fast-paced liquid thruster (mono-propellant and bi-propellant), electric propulsion and integrated systems programs. Candidate will operate from the Redmond, Washington engineering office.

Essential Job Functions (Including % of Time for Each)

50% - Primary responsibilities are the leadership and management of design engineers and engineering services staff and their associated work products. Individual must be able to provide technical leadership to engineers creating component designs, CAD concepts, associated product definition (digital models and drawings), Model Based Definition and system integration tasks. Support program chief engineers and IPTs to successfully manage design maturation and design processes to meet cost, schedule, quality and risk requirements using company design processes and tools. Manage design and design services workload to assure IPT staffing demands are met. Adjust assignments, priorities and lead hiring activities as required.


30% - Provides internal and external Design Review leadership to assure product designs meet program requirements, AR design procedures and best practices. Engages product teams to solve technical issues related to mechanical design.


10% - Provides employee mentoring and career development opportunities to increase versatile system and component design capability across programs. Interprets and applies administrative processes and procedures that affect the engineering staff.


10% - Develops design process improvements, tools and training as needed to streamline Enterprise design costs for programs while also reinforcing design to cost and re-use when possible.


Requires a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering or related engineering/scientific discipline and at least nine years of design related experience. Must be a self-starter and pro-active mentor to motivate employees to successfully meet program goals and perform effective conflict resolution as required. Previous hands-on design experience, knowledge of mechanical systems including injectors, chambers, nozzles, monoprop thrusters, bi-prop thrusters, electric propulsion and product definition processes are strongly preferred (aerospace, automotive, aircraft or machinery). A demonstrated understanding of DoD/NASA engineering processes, materials, analysis and manufacturing is required. Must possess strong problem solving and effective presentation skills.


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.



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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