Aerojet Rocketdyne Careers

  • Composite Case Design Engineering Specialist

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

    Aerojet Rocketdyne is a world-recognized aerospace and defense leader that provides propulsion and energetics to the space, missile defense, strategic systems, tactical systems and armaments areas, in support of domestic and international markets.


    We are bringing about 800 new jobs to Huntsville, Alabama and building a state-of-the art advanced manufacturing facility. Defense-related engineering, program management, and related support positions will be housed at this site, home of Aerojet Rocketdyne's Defense headquarters and Rocket Shop Defense Advanced Programs. This posting may represent one or more specific immediate or near-term openings. Those who express an interest may be considered for current and future positions.


    Aerojet Rocketdyne seeks experienced Composite Case Design Engineers for our Huntsville, AL location. We are building a team to design products such as solid rocket motors for a wide array of customers and programs, controllable solid propulsion systems, advanced solid rocket motor propulsion systems, advanced conceptual design to support the RocketShop as well as supporting enterprise wide efforts in areas such as hypersonics.


    This position may be filled at the level posted or higher levels.

    Essential Job Functions (Including % of Time for Each)

    Under limited general direction and following established policies, the Engineer performs professional assignments requiring complete working knowledge of application of concepts, practices, and techniques.


    60% - Lead mechanical design projects for composite structures. Composite structures design activities include strategic booster motor composite cases, tactical rocket motor cases, composite armaments, composite over-wrapped pressure vessels, and composite flight structures. Will independently develop design concepts, 3D models and support the development of detailed drawings for the manufacture of parts. Conduct trade studies and develop component specifications and procedures as required. Interact with component analysis, manufacturing, project engineering, quality and customer support groups. Plan and execute design tasks with limited general direction and work effectively within an Integrated Product Team (IPT) environment. Work is reviewed by senior staff.


    20% - Participate in shop floor and production hardware processing at suppliers and internally. Provide input to address nonconforming hardware, process planning, support production meetings, and work with supply chain to assure that design requirements are met. Support engineering drawing and specification updates at configuration change boards.


    10% - Develop test plans and technical reviews. Assist in the identification and support of risk reduction and environmental test requirements. This may include manufacturing pathfinders, subscale testing, component and system level qualification tests.


    10% - Prepare material and support presentations for internal and external customers. Responsible for preparing engineering reports to support tolerance studies, engineering analyses or failure investigations, including technical close-out reports.


    Requires Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering or Materials Engineering (or related discipline) plus at least nine (9) years of directly related experience (or an equivalent combination of education and experience).  

    • Educational coursework in Composite Design, Laminate Theory, and Composite Materials is desired.

    • Experience with design, manufacturing and test of filament-wound composite case pressure vessels for solid rocket motors is key to performing job requirements.

    • Experience with preliminary sizing tools for filament-wound composite pressure vessels is required.

    • Experience with FEA tools such as ANSYS Workbench and/or NX NASTRAN is desired.

    • Familiarity with composite fiber and resin systems selection including subscale specimen testing and data analysis is desired.

    • A strong mechanical aptitude and experience with CAD software tools (CREO and/or NX) expected, as well as proficiency with Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel and PowerPoint).
    • An advanced engineering degree is a plus.

    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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