Aerojet Rocketdyne Careers

Specialist Engineer, Analysis/Systems Engineering

Location US-CA-Canoga Park
Job ID
On-Site, Hybrid or Remote?


Aerojet Rocketdyne is a world-recognized Aerospace and Defense leader that provides propulsion and energetics to domestic and international markets. We are a leading provider in both the solid and liquid propulsion market areas, as well as the number one provider in the tactical segment area of solid propulsion. From the first space programs to Orion, NASA’s launch vehicle to carry humans to the moon, Mars, and beyond, Aerojet Rocketdyne is the leader in innovation. Visit our website at for more information on how our employees Power the Future.


In this role, typical duties include: Assisting AR reliability and system safety engineers with ensuring technical excellence of group's products. This includes adequacy of the tools, techniques, and processes. 2. Developing reliability and safety models for various systems and communicate results to company engineers and managers.  3. Completing failure modes, effects, and criticality analysis and hazard analysis. 4. Complete system safety hazard analysis. 5. Evaluating engineering designs and operational plans to identify potential hazards and evaluate the adequacy of planned controls and verifications. 6. Providing design input to improve product reliability and safety when necessary - Interacting with a wide variety of individuals and teams to communicate results 7. Designing reliability test plans to qualify new product and processes, evaluate testing failures and ensure consistent adherence to high quality standards by application of reliability techniques.  Emphasis of reliability and system safety engineering on nuclear hardening and survivability (NH&S) compliance.  Verification to MIL-STD-1766 guidelines using Nuclear Environments and Effects Hardware Element Matrix (NEEHEM) and Hardness Critical Items (HCI) development.  Incorporating HCI data into drawings, and documenting a Design Analysis Report (DAR) with finalized NEEHEM and HCI information.


What we can offer you:


Inspiring Company Culture - Our people support each other and work together to leave an indelible impact on our nation’s aerospace and defense legacy. Read more about our culture: Careers | Aerojet Rocketdyne


Rest and Relaxation - 3 weeks of vacation to start plus separate sick allowance. 9/80 schedule providing for longer weekends. Annual week-long holiday company closure, plus company paid holidays.


Comprehensive Health Benefits - Medical, Dental, Vision, Health Savings Accounts, and Wellness


Prepare for the Future - 401(k) with company match


Professional Development - Tuition assistance program, Employee recognition program, and Leadership development program


Employee Resource Groups – Local and Enterprise employee-led volunteer groups to create community, awareness, impact, and to support a culture where everyone belongs. 


This position may be filled at this level or one level higher.

Essential Job Functions (Including % of Time for Each)

Working under minimal direction, perform Reliability & System Safety assignments requiring detailed knowledge of application of concepts, practices, and techniques.  This also requires a detailed understanding of the system and system effects.  Job responsibilities include:


45% - Develop reliability and safety models/analyses for various systems and communicate results to company engineers and managers. This includes FMECAs (Failure Modes, Effects, and Criticality Analyses), reliability predictions, subsystem hazard analyses, and range safety assessments.


20% - Perform technical review of reliability and systems safety analysis products, including failure modes effects and criticality analysis and hazard analysis.


10% - Provide design input to improve product reliability and product safety when necessary; interacting with a wide variety of individuals and teams to communicate results.


10% - Design reliability and/or system safety test plans to qualify new product and processes. Evaluate testing failures and ensure consistent adherence to high quality standards by application of reliability techniques.


5% - Drive program compliance to Reliability and System Safety procedures and standard work.


5% - Perform Probabilistic Risk Assessments.


5% - Lead failure investigations related to product anomalies.


Bachelors of science degree in nuclear engineering or equivalent plus a minimum of nine years experience relevant to the job description above, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.  Ability to perform FMEA and system safety hazard analysis is required.  Reliability Engineering course work is strongly preferred.


Will be required to obtain and maintain a U.S. Security Clearance at the appropriate level. Requires U.S. Citizenship. 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:

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.

Pay range for this position:

120,500 - 177,166 per year

Note about pay range:

Pay range for this job level is a general guideline only for California and/or Washington State and not a guarantee of compensation or salary. Additional factors considered in extending an offer include (but are not limited to) responsibilities of the job, education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as internal equity, alignment with market data, applicable bargaining agreement (if any), or other law.


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