Aerojet Rocketdyne Careers

  • Associate Engineer - Combustion Analysis

    Location US-AL-Huntsville
    Job ID
    Engineering - Other
  • Overview

    Aerojet Rocketdyne is a worldwide recognized leader in space and missile propulsion with the design, development and manufacture of solid rocket motors for tactical and space applications. 


    We are seeking an Associate Engineer, Ballistician to join our Huntsville, AL office. In this entry-level role, you will assist senior ballisticians in performing combustion, grain design and performance analysis of solid rocket motor and igniter propellant grains. You will also assist in developing methodologies and models for the performance prediction of sub and full scale solid rocket motor test firings and conducts subsequent post firing correlation analysis.


    Essential Job Functions (Including % of Time for Each)

    Under close supervision, the Associate Engineer performs entry-level professional assignments and follows established policies.


    75% - Works with Senior Engineers in performing ballistic modeling activities: 

    • Performs trades for grain design that meet performance requirements.
    • Conducts grain design, performance analysis, pretest predictions with established methodologies for motor test firings.
    • Evaluates post fire analysis data for rocket motor combustion characteristics. Conduct post firing data correlations and/or burning rate analysis with established methodologies.
    • Analyzes ballistic and propellant data for model updates.
    • Prepares technical reports and presentations documenting all activities.

    15% - Continuous Improvement activities:

    • Updates current or proposed ballistic models/methodologies to improve technical fidelity and/or design cycle time.

    10% - Design and Manufacturing Support:

    • Prepare inputs for Engineering drawings and specifications relating to solid rocket propellant grains. Dispositions loaded motor and/or propellant related issues. Coordinates design requirements of these grains with manufacturing personnel. May assist in the definition of associated tooling and manufacturing processes.


    Requires a Bachelor's degree in Engineering (Mechanical, Aerospace or Chemical Engineering) or an equivalent combination of education and experience.  


    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.

    Additional Requirements and Preferred Qualifications:

    • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) is expected.
    • Experience in MATLAB and/or software development is a plus. 


    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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