Aerojet Rocketdyne Careers

  • Principal, Chief Engineering

    Location US-CA-Canoga Park
    Job ID
    Engineering - Other
  • 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, and advanced hypersonic propulsion.


    We are seeking a Principal Chief Engineer to join our facility in Canoga Park, CA (Los Angeles area). In this role, you will serve as the Commercial Crew Test Capability (CCtCap) Program Chief Engineer (PCE) to provide technical leadership for all aspects of the CCtCap program.


    The Program Chief Engineer has single-point accountability for meeting program technical objectives and manage the technical team with support as needed from Project Engineers to ensure that requirements are achieved, technical risks are identified, and mitigation plans are executed within schedule and budget constraints.


    The program includes design maturation of the complete service module propulsion system.  The program involves design activity, fabrication and assembly, development and qualification testing of system components, and hot fire support of individual thrusters and service module assemblies including a Pad Abort Test, Orbital Flight Test (unmanned) and Crewed Flight Test prior to production.  The program PCE plays a key role in ensuring 100% Mission Success through rigorous application of technical decision making and leveraging engineering discipline capability.


    Responsibilities include coordination of engineering organization resource deployment, determination of CCtCap engineering organization structure to meet program goals, working with the program office to ensure accurate resource demands, integration of resources into the program, monitoring status of Technical Performance Measures, and execution of the Engineering Review Board processes.  The Chief Engineer represents Engineering within the program management team, chairs the Engineering Review Board, is the Cost Account Manager (CAM) for engineering on the program, and serves as the technical interface with external customers.  This position ensures appropriate application of Engineering standard work and performance and quality of product requirements for all phases of the program from design analysis & definition, requirements verification, assembly and to post-delivery product support efforts.

    Essential Job Functions (Including % of Time for Each)

    70% - Lead engineering teams, as well as perform and integrate technical work in the team environment ensuring the CCtCap hardware meets Program goals. Lead, direct, perform, and coordinate all engineering work; manage technical progress and schedule and cost status. Assure that delivered products meet Aerojet Rocketdyne and contractual requirements for engineering design. Manage the technical baseline for the program.


    20% - Monitor technical progress and interface with Program Management, Aerojet Rocketdyne customers and other Aerojet Rocketdyne functional organizations to understand and develop resolution to program technical issues.


    10% - Coordinate staffing needs with the engineering disciplines and serve as the engineering CAM for the program ensuring that Engineering meets cost and schedule commitments to baseline cost and schedule.


    Requires a Bachelor's degree in an Engineering discipline and a minimum of 14 years of experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Minimum of 10 years of experience with the development of rocket engine systems is required. Experience with thruster performance, or valves, or engine test is desirable. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office software required.


    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 and to maintain attention to detail despite interruptions; may occasionally lift/carry/push/pull up to 15 pounds; may require minimal 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. Require the ability to travel by air or auto. Requires the mobility to work in outdoor engine test stand environment and at times will require the use of personal protective equipment.


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