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Manager, Mechanical Design (Solid System Design and Integration)

Manager, Mechanical Design (Solid System Design and Integration)

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Engineering - Mechanical Engineering

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Aerojet Rocketdyne is a world-recognized aerospace and defense leader providing propulsion and energetics to its space, missile defense, strategic, tactical missile and armaments customers throughout domestic and international markets. The company offers a complete line of propulsion products for launch vehicles, missile defense, tactical and advanced hypersonic propulsion.


Aerojet Rocketdyne seeks a Manager, Mechanical Design (Solid System Design and Integration) to join our engineering design team at our Huntsville, AL location.


This position supports Aerojet Rocketdyne’s Mechanical Design Engineering organization and reports to the Director of Solid Propulsions Systems, Composites, and Structures. This position performs a variety of mechanical design engineering managerial tasks on fast-paced solid propulsion development and production programs. Candidate will operate from the Huntsville, AL engineering office.

Essential Job Functions (Including % of Time for Each)

70% - Primary responsibilities are the leadership and management of development and production solid propulsion design engineers and their associated work products. Individual must be able to provide supervision and strong leadership to accomplish complex engine system level/component design and integration tasks for solid propulsion 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, Aerospace 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 solid motors, controllable solids, air-breathing systems, metallic and composite motor cases, solid propellant grain, solid propellant gas generator, igniters, ignition systems, nozzles, thrust vector 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 solid propulsion 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 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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