Aerojet Rocketdyne Careers

Bench Machinist (2nd Shift)

Location US-CA-Canoga Park
Job ID
Manufacturing and Production - Machining


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 Burr Bench Machinist for our facility in Canoga Park, CA. This is a 2nd shift, union position.



Essential Job Functions (Including % of Time for Each)

The Bench Machinist will complete / check / rework and deburr sheet metal and machined parts, assemblies and extrusions using various types of machines and mechanics’ hand tools (manual and pneumatic).


The successful individual will determine dimensions, angles, tolerances and finishes by interpreting information from planning documents, drawings, blueprints, manuals and engineering orders.

  • Layout hold locations, constant radii cutouts, stepcuts, seal grooves and mold lines.
  • Select, setup, and operate power, hand and computer controlled tools to complete missing machining operations or to rework and repair damaged or improperly machines parts fabricated from various metals, ceramics and composite materials.
  • Machine, drill, grind, file, ream, turn, face, tap, cut lap and mill sheet metal and machined parts, assemblies and extrusions to require shape and dimension.
  • Setup and operate roto-finishing equipment to grind, hone and polish, selecting proper abrasives, compounds and liquids to achieve required finish. 
  • Verify accuracy of parts, assemblies and extrusions prior to company inspection using precision measuring instruments.
  • Record manufacturing data manually or with the aid of a computer.



  • High school diploma or equivalent preferred, and 3 years of related experience using hand tools, reading and understanding blueprints and specifications, using borescopes and videoscopes.

US 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.


Desired Qualifications:

  • Experienced in rigging and overhead cranes.
  • Experience in the use of half-mask or full respirator and the ability to navigate comfortably through computer supported systems.


Work Environment and Physical Requirements:

The work environment may require a combination of indoor and outdoor activity (hot, cold, wet, humid conditions) with a varied amount of walking, standing, sitting, climbing (i.e. ladders, stair, scaffolding, ramps), balance (maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling when walking, standing, or crouching on narrow, slippery, or erratically moving surfaces), bending, reaching, handling/fingering (seizing, holding, grasping, turning picking, pinching), stooping, kneeling, crouching and ability to lift/carry/push/pull up to 50 pounds.  Work may require the ability to operate material handling equipment (forklift, crane, hoist, man lift, etc.) in a safe manner. While performing the duties of this job, employees may work around variable noise levels or with fume or airborne particles, hazardous chemicals, etc. requiring the use of personal protective equipment such as face protection (safety glasses, goggles, face shield), foot protection (i.e. steel toed shoes, rubber boots, etc.), gloves, hard hat, shop coat and hearing protection. Some positions may require Respirator clearance up to and including the Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) Level A clearance. Work requires the ability to change into or out of personal protective equipment when entering or exiting manufacturing, laboratory, or other areas. Some employees may be required to drive between various locations within the Company facility or between locations. Work duties may also be required to work in a standard office setting and to use standard office equipment, including a computer and/or the ability to travel by air or auto. Ability to distinguish colors may also be necessary. This position may be expected to work varying shifts and hours to ensure successful operation of activities in the organization.


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