Aerojet Rocketdyne Careers

  • Specialist, Component Product Engineer (Electric Propulsion)

    Location US-WA-Redmond
    Job ID
    Engineering - Project Engineering
  • Overview

    Gridded Ion, Hall, and Arcjet Thruster propulsion systems are key components of satellites used by NASA, our military, and commercial satellite service providers. Missions include interplanetary exploration, orbit-transfer, and orbit maintenance for a wide range of spacecraft. Aerojet Rocketdyne is the premier supplier of these enabling propulsion systems.


    Aerojet Rocketdyne is seeking a Product Engineering Specialist to join our Redmond, WA facility. In this role, you will help assure the success of these space missions by driving the technical development, qualification, and production of Ion, Hall, Arcjet, or other electric propulsion thrusters. The successful candidate will demonstrate knowledge of this technology, attention to detail, and the highest standards of quality assurance for the production of mission critical hardware.


    Typical duties will include assisting the program manager in manufacturing and delivering flight hardware, guiding integrated product development teams, and leading product proposals. Additional duties will include performing technical analyses, conceptualizing new product designs, establishing system requirements and specifications, planning and conducting test and product verification activities, analyzing test data, developing new business relationships, and generating customer presentations. 


    This position may be filled at this level posted or one level higher.

    Essential Job Functions (Including % of Time for Each)

    Working with minimal direction:


    60% - Lead technical activities on major programs. Perform tasks, delegate tasks and make decisions required to design, analyze, build and test electrical propulsion thrusters and thruster systems. Verify Aerojet Rocketdyne’s products are in compliance with customer requirements. Demonstrate to our customers that Aerojet Rocketdyne is the best value supplier for their propulsion needs.


    15% - Lead investigations or technical studies to closure rapidly and rigorously, applying appropriate resources and personnel in a cost-effective manner. Accumulate, prepare and present the documentation that is required to close an effort, including reports, Test Procedures and Work Instructions.


    15% - Support proposal activities and manage internal research and development efforts as assigned.


    10% - Active mentoring of less experienced personnel. Cultivate an existing knowledge base and build on it to serve as a resource to Aerojet Rocketyne and our customers for design, test and implementation of thrusters and propulsion systems.


    Requires a Bachelor's degree in a related engineering discipline and 9 years of experience, preferably in electric propulsion, plasma devices or mission-critical technology. A Master's degree or higher in an Engineering discipline or Physics is preferred. Priority will be given to candidates with demonstrated engineering leadership experience in a production environment developing and improving products and manufacturing processes.


    Strong verbal, written, presentation and team-working skills a must. Proficiency in Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) 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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