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Manager, Mechanical Design

Manager, Mechanical Design

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US-CA-Canoga Park
Engineering - Mechanical Engineering

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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


This Manager position supports Aerojet Rocketdyne’s growing Mechanical Design Engineering organization and reports to the Senior Design Manager of Engine Integration, Ground Support Equipment and Turbomachinery. This position performs a variety of mechanical design engineering managerial tasks on fast-paced LA based liquid rocket engine production programs. Candidate will operate from the Los Angeles, CA engineering office.

Essential Job Functions (Including % of Time for Each)

70% - Primary responsibilities are the leadership and management of turbomachinery design engineers and their associated work products. Individual must be able to provide supervision and strong leadership to accomplish complex rotating machinery design and integration tasks for liquid rocket engines on time and within schedule while minimizing mission risk. Primary duties include supporting program chief engineers and IPTs to successfully manage designs and design processes to meet programs’ cost, schedule, quality and risk requirements using/improving Enterprise design processes and tools.


10% - Provides internal and external Design Review support to assure product designs meet program requirements, AR design procedures and best practices.


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, or an equivalent combination of education and 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 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 technical writing and effective presentation skills. Experience with liquid rocket engines/propulsion/space systems is a plus.


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 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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