Aerojet Rocketdyne Careers

  • Engineering Specialist, Mechanical Design

    Location US-CA-Canoga Park
    Job ID
    Engineering - Mechanical Engineering
  • Overview

    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. We offer a complete line of propulsion products for launch vehicles, missile defense, tactical and advanced hypersonic propulsion.


    Aerojet Rocketdyne is currently seeking a Design Engineering Specialist to join our team in Canoga Park, CA.  Candidate will be working with liquid thruster development and the integration of divert and attitude control systems.


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

    Essential Job Functions (Including % of Time for Each)

    Experienced Mechanical Engineer with demonstrated abilities to lead projects, perform research, plan, design and develop liquid thruster and integrated propulsion systems.  Ensures technical rigor is applied in the development of hardware and that designs meet the program requirements.  Mechanical engineering of hardware used in high pressure and temperature propulsion applications. Apply design knowledge to develop components and systems that advance liquid thruster technologies. These pressure fed systems utilize tanks, valves, injectors, chambers and nozzles leveraging advanced metallic, ceramic and composite materials. Work is performed independently.


    60% - Lead mechanical design activities for liquid thruster propulsion system components and assemblies. Will independently develop designs from system requirements using computer aided design tools in conjunction with preliminary finite element simulations. Lead trade studies and work with analysis, manufacturing and quality engineering to fabricate parts that support program requirements. Will be responsible for the coordinating of work assignments and technical adequacy of less experienced designers.  Manage team workload and resolution of technical roadblocks.


    10% - Test integration tasks. Oversees installation, testing and operation of designs. May evaluate field installations and recommend design modifications to eliminate malfunctions or operational issues. Requires a significant level of independent work. May lead the work of less experienced engineering staff and have accountability for schedule and scope performance. This will include test stand assessment for mechanical and electrical interfaces and design of required integrating hardware. Support test readiness reviews and tasks that may include manufacturing pathfinders, subscale testing, component and system level qualification tests.


    10% - Work directly with the factory floor during hardware fabrication. May work as the engineering representative during supplier visits and remote manufacturing operations. Interpret engineering design requirements and alignment with machine tool capability. Address non-conforming hardware. Participate in engineering drawing and specification configuration change boards.


    20% - Report weekly progress to engineering centers of excellence. Responsible for assessing progress of the design team and escalating schedule and design resource issues. Prepare and present technical presentations for internal and external customers. Generate engineering reports necessary to document tolerance analyses, trade studies, or failure investigations.


    Requires a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering and 9 years of directly related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. An advanced engineering degree is a plus. A strong mechanical aptitude and experience with CAD software tools expected, as well as proficiency with Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel and PowerPoint). Prior experience with pressurized systems (tanks, valves, fluid flow devices, metallic joining and processes) is key to performing job requirements. Experience with FEA tools such as ANSYS Workbench is desired.  Demonstrated product development and team leadership experience is expected.


    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/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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