Aerojet Rocketdyne Careers

Senior Project Engineer

Location US-AL-Huntsville
Job ID
Engineering - Project Engineering


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 hundreds of new jobs to Huntsville, Alabama and have built a state-of-the art advanced manufacturing facility where we will produce our industry-leading solid propulsion systems, and our next-generation rocket engine. Our efforts to continue to build on our existing presence in Huntsville are in full swing. Defense-related program management, engineering and related support positions will be housed at this site, home of Aerojet Rocketdyne's Defense headquarters and Rocket Shop Defense Advanced Programs.


Aerojet Rocketdyne seeks a Senior Project/Product Engineer for our Huntsville, AL location. The Senior Project Engineer will plan and perform propulsion program tasks in conjunction with program management. Under limited general direction, you will implement design and analysis tasks, special studies, experiments, and hardware/test requirements. Additionally, you will coordinate ballistic, thermal, and structural analyses, as well as perform post-test examination, analyses, and reporting. You should also have the ability to successfully:

  • Provide imaginative, thorough, and practicable solutions to a wide range of technical problems involving the conventional utilization of engineering techniques.
  • Conceive and plans projects involving the development of new methods to attain objectives.
  • Provide direction in problem investigations and resolution across functional areas.
  • Lead investigation activity if sufficient experience in investigation of tools and procedures has been demonstrated.
  • Prepare technical and design requirements in support of project goals.
  • Keep current in relevant technologies and methods in support of project assignments.
  • May provide technical guidance to less senior project engineers and project support personnel.
  • May be assigned Cost Account Management duties.
  • May perform as the engineering cost account manager.

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

Essential Job Functions (Including % of Time for Each)

Under limited general direction, the Senior Engineer determines approaches to objectives demonstrating a complete understanding and application of principles, concepts, and practices:


65% - Support Engineering teams working on solid rocket motor development and production program tasks/problem resolution, etc. Coordinate engineering work; manage technical progress, risk, schedule, and cost as needed.


15% - 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% - Provide technical consultation to Program Management and Business Development organizations for business development activities such as writing white papers or preparing and presenting technical briefings to customers.


5% - Support the technical lead on proposals to government customers or prime contractors for propulsion development or technology programs.


5% - Provide inputs to written and verbal status reports to Engineering lead, Aerojet Rocketdyne Management, and provide input and leadership at product team meetings.


Requires a Bachelor's degree in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or related discipline and five (5) or more years of directly related experience. Three (3) or more years of experience with solid propellant propulsion projects is highly desired. CAD knowledge is desirable. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office software is 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 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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