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Sr. Engineer, Materials

Sr. Engineer, Materials

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US-CA-Canoga Park
Engineering - Materials & Processes 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


Our Canoga Park facility is seeking a Sr. Engineer, Materials with both metallics and non-metallics experience to support new product development as well as ongoing production programs (RS-25, ORION, Lithium Ion Battery, Dreamchaser, and in-space programs).  In addition, in-depth knowledge of electrical fabrication materials and processes in accordance with both industry and NASA specifications is mandatory for the position. 


This current opening may be filled at this  level as posted or at one level higher.

Essential Job Functions (Including % of Time for Each)

Under limited general direction,

60%- Materials Engineer providing electrical fabrication materials and processes support for the design, development, and production of both solid and liquid rocket motor systems.  NASA has specific workmanship standards for electronic assembly for which the candidate must have a thorough understanding, from  engineering requirements, to shop floor, and quality perspectives.  This requires a candidate with manufacturing experience as well as engineering know-how, with knowledge of common defects, and the ability to interpret requirements and to interface competently with a knowledgeable customer.  Specialized training in some of these requirements is required by NASA, and the candidate will be expected to provide training to the suppliers.  In-depth knowledge in technical areas such as soldering materials and processes, circuit board fabrication, defects and acceptance criteria, component selection and failure analysis of electronic components, bonding, plating, potting, corrosion, insulation, conformal coating and processing are all required.  Regular interface with suppliers within these areas of expertise will be required.

30% - Perform engineering analysis of nonconforming hardware including coordination of analysis for disposition of Material Review Board documents.

10%- Conduct failure investigations for root causes.


Bachelor degree in Materials or Metallurgical Engineering discipline and minimum of nine years of directly related technical experience in engineering disciplines or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Advanced degree typically preferred. Strong project planning, technical leadership, written and oral communication skills are required.


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.


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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