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Principal, Manufacturing Engineer

Principal, Manufacturing Engineer

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Manufacturing and Production - Manufacturing 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


Aerojet Rocketdyne is seeking a Manufacturing Engineering Principal to join our growing team in Culpeper/Orange, Virginia. Relocation assistance is available.


In this role, you will be given considerable latitude in determining tehnical objectives, performs manufacturing engineering assignments requiring a wide application of standard principles, theories and concepts in the field, plus a working knowledge of other related disciplines.

Essential Job Functions (Including % of Time for Each)

Works under consultative direction toward predetermined long-range goals and objectives:


50% - Serve as the primary Process Safety Management coordinator for a variety of production programs per the OSHA standards. Works with SH&E Department and ME Managers on the plans, coordination, proper implementation, documentation and records keeping of the required elements to ensure and maintain an effective and compliant PSM program in accordance with the OSHA regulations. This will include: Process Safety Information, Process Hazards Analysis, Operating Procedures, Employee Participation, Training, Contractors, Pre-Start-up Safety Review, Mechanical Integrity, Hot Work Permit, Management of Change, Incident Investigation, Emergency Planning and Response, Compliance Audits, and Trade Secrets.


15% - Serves as the primary consultant, and with minimum guidance from Design Engineering, Quality Engineering and Safety, Health & Environment (SH&E) representatives, prepares detailed safe process instructions/planning by following established manufacturing and SH&E procedures. Performs technical supervision and troubleshooting of complex operations involved in the manufacture of propellants, bondliners, rocket motors, insulation components, insulated rocket motor cases, and composite rocket motor components.


10% - Reviews established solid rocket motor process instructions, monitor manufacturing activities for compliance with established safe process instructions. Originate, prepare and maintain detailed planning (Standard Operating Procedures) for the safe manufacture of propellant, bondliners, rocket motors and inert/composite components.


15% - Analyzes and develops solutions to specific manufacturing problems utilizing manufacturing engineering techniques such as specification of tooling and organization of work flow. Prepare process flow diagrams, lead Process Failure Mode & Effects Analysis (PFMEA), process hazards analysis (PHA), job safety analysis (JSA) and use systematic approach and tools to identify root causes and problem solving. Perform mathematical calculations for geometric checks and chemical mixtures. Accurately report problems, solutions and results in concise written and oral communications.


10% - Prepares process and manufacturing reviews. Participate in preliminary and critical design reviews. Interface with internal/external customers.


Requires a Bachelor's degree in applicable major and at least fourteen (14) years of directly related experience, or a Master's degree and 12 years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience with Lean Manufacturing principles and statistical process control tools expected.


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.  Having dual citizenship may preclude you from being able to meet this requirement.




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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