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  • Engineering Manager (Materials and Processes Engineering Laboratory Services)

    Location US-VA-Culpeper
    Job ID
    Engineering - Materials & Processes Engineering
  • Overview

    Aerojet Rocketdyne, a major aerospace corporation responsible for the design manufacture and operation of a number of critical US space and defense products, is seeking an Engineering Manager for the Materials and Processes Engineering (MPE) Laboratory Services discipline for our growing facility in Orange County, Virginia (Culpeper area).

    This management role provides leadership support and is accountable for the technical engineering management of our defense propulsion programs that require selection, evaluation, and design requirements of materials and processes used to produce solid rocket motors. This position requires knowledge and experience with solid propulsion environments applicable to propellant chemistry. 

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

    Essential Job Functions (Including % of Time for Each)

    70% - Plan, administer, and manage all material testing related activities, programs, and staff of the Materials Laboratory Services group (within Materials and Processes Engineering) at the Orange County, Virginia site. Primarily responsible for direct management over professional and technical staff in the following areas:

    • Wet Chemistry & Particle Size Analysis;
    • Tensile & Instrumental Analysis Lab;
    • Materials & Physics Lab;
    • Scanning Electron Microscope Lab.

    Assure timely laboratory services to all Aerojet Rocketdyne programs such as production support, R&D projects, anomaly resolution, and cross-site support as needed. Provide material testing support to Operations, Engineering activities, design consultation in materials and processes selection to achieve the desired performance characteristics of solid propellants for all Aerojet Rocketdyne programs including solid propulsion systems for SM-3 IB and IIA, D5 PBCS, Nulka, and Orion Jettison Motor and other solid propulsion systems as required within budgetary and schedule constraints. Activities include review of supplier’s material certification sheets, process development testing support, materials evaluation, and the preparation of methods and specifications to support these activities as required. Good technical documentation of all decisions is also required. Ensure preservation of the Company’s intellectual property through documentation of current processes and methods as well as innovative testing processes. Keep abreast with the latest developments in materials testing and process technology through supplier interaction, university contacts, and industry peers.

    20% - Perform functional management responsibilities, including program staffing and performance, employee skill and career development, employee motivation and training, performance evaluation, salary planning, work prioritization and technical oversight of employee work product. Assure accountability for technical engineering management of projects and/or proposals in the areas of development, design, analysis, and production in accordance with company goals, policies, and schedules. Responsible for the department financial performance and mitigation to ensure department reporting metrics are in-line with established goals and plans.

    10% - Provide short and long-range planning for engineering operations and implement approved plans; plan and direct the development and implementation of department systems, methods, standards, practices, and procedures; act as liaison between engineering staff and other organizations, and assure that activities within defined scope are accomplished in accordance with company policies, sound business practices and are in compliance with applicable regulations and requirements.


    Requires a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry, Materials Science, Engineering, or similar discipline and at least of 9 years of progressive experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

    A Master's degree in one of the above disciplines is preferred, but an MBA will be considered.

    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 and 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, shop coat, and respirator. This position may be expected to work varying hours including nights and weekends as necessary.


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