Aerojet Rocketdyne Careers

  • Plater/Processor (2nd Shift)

    Location US-CA-Canoga Park
    Job ID
    Manufacturing and Production - Other
  • Overview

    Aerojet Rocketdyne is an innovative company delivering solutions that create value for its customers in the aerospace and defense markets. The company is a world-recognized aerospace and defense leader that provides propulsion and energetics to the space, missile defense and strategic systems, tactical systems and armaments areas, in support of domestic and international markets. Additional information about Aerojet Rocketdyne can be obtained by visiting our websites at and


    Aerojet Rocketdyne is seeking a Plater/Processor to join our manufacturing team in Canoga Park, California (Los Angeles area). This is a second shift, union position.


    Clean, Fine Clean, Chemical Conversion, Sand Blast, Anodize and Acid Etching of external and internal surfaces of rocket engine parts and assemblies to meet drawing requirements while ensuring hardware is FOD free.

    Essential Job Functions (Including % of Time for Each)

    100% - Perform the following:

    • Read and interpret information from planning documents, drawings, blueprints, sketches, engineering orders, work instructions, tool orders, specifications, and EPI’s to clean hardware to meet drawing specifications.
    • Hardware is cleaned in tanks, high pressure steam cleaned, hand-wiped, parts washer, fine clean wet cells, and in precision clean rooms. Must be able to use ovens and other aids like borescopes to process hardware per specification.
    • Be able to clean and package hardware to meet all fine clean specifications and requirements. 
    • Safely lift and process rocket engine hardware (up to 5,000 lbs) and plan proper grouping and positioning of hardware to assure cleaning meets engineering specifications. Attach, flush and purge tooling/fixtures to parts and assemblies for processing and drying operations.  Understand tank chemistry and verify solutions and chemicals within the tanks are within specification.
    • Be familiar with caustic and acidic solutions and how they interact with personnel and hardware. Understand complex geometry and how to clean all FOD from internal passages.  Be familiar with different metals (Inconel, copper, stainless steels, aluminum, etc) and how they re-act to different chemicals and processes.
    • Operate processing controls and equipment to perform acid etching of weld joints, electro-chem etching of hardware, passivating, degreasing or stripping parts and assemblies to assure proper processing per specified requirements.


    High school diploma or equivalent preferred.


    Experience working with and around hazardous chemicals including acids.


    Must have a proven safety record and experience with PPE used with hazardous chemicals.


    Experience handling large (500+lbs) complex hardware with tooling and other handling devices such as pallet jacks, cranes, lifting straps, etc.


    Experience reading, comprehending and using planning and drawings to meet required specification requirements.


    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.



    Work Environment/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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