Aerojet Rocketdyne Careers

Fellow - Reliability and Systems Safety

Location US-CA-Canoga Park
Job ID
Engineering - Other
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.


The successful candidate will be a visionary Technical Leader at the critical intersection of business and technology with a demonstrated track record of strategic thinking, critical decision making, technical expertise and experience to deliver successful products aligned with business strategy. A Fellow leads new and enabling technology development, identifies and mitigates risks, resolves issues, and serves as a role model and mentor for the next generation of technical leaders. A Fellow also  proactively leads improvement initiatives. A Fellow partners with business development teams, demonstrates leadership on industry boards and drives direction of standards that align with AR business demands. Excellent communication skills are present at all levels, both internally and externally.


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. 

Essential Job Functions (Including % of Time for Each)

45% - Demonstrate tactical technical expertise through the following:

  • Proactively lead company initiatives, projects, teams, and/or committees with successful outcomes;
  • Provide leadership in creative thinking and innovative concept development across the company;
  • Exhibit leadership in resolving Program/Project technical issues and problems;
  • Consistently meet or exceed commitment to key metrics;
  • Consistently produce desired output in form of analyses, reports, hardware or other deliverables as required by Programs and Projects;
  • Recognition as the technical spokesperson for the discipline, product line, or business unit, internally and externally;
  • Network with company and national level contacts for technical consultation;
  • Author key documents, presentations, procedures that influence technical direction of the organization, customer, and/or industry;
  • Serve as an invited speaker for conferences, seminars, technical exchanges.

35% - Be a visionary technical leader in the Reliability and System Safety Discipline as follows:

  • Lead new and enabling technology development efforts such as Reliability/Systems Safety integration into the MBSE strategic initiative.
  • Expert consideration ( i.e., ability to integrate complex/multiple technical and business factors in assessments, recommendations, and decisions) of business and technical aspects of new business opportunities and existing business challenges that allows proactive and strategic impact on business capture and timely and efficient resolution of business issues.
  • A proven track record with the Business Units relative to revenue growth and program success aligned with business strategy.
  • Proactive leader and/or subject matter expert in precluding key technical issues and problems.
  • Industry recognition as a Reliability & System Safety expert through direct customer solicitation of AR's expert knowledge, as well as through joint publications, external presentations, and board memberships.
  • Experience/expertise that provides AR with an advantage as evidenced by patents, trade secret disclosures, processes, and documented contributions to program wins.

 10% - Demonstrate technical process excellence through the following:

  • Exhibit leadership in technical process applications (e.g. affordability, cost reduction, lead-time reduction, Procedures, Standard Work, etc...).
  • Identify and challenge excessive or insufficient scope and the associated opportunities/risks.
  • Identify and challenge inadequate, improper, or deficient application of technical processes.
  • Provide leadership in development and validation of improvements to technical processes.
  • Provide expert guidance on design review content, preparation, delivery, and follow-up.

10% - Support of Fellowship related activities including: (focus on the non-program overhead activities)

  • Provide a strategic technical plan at the critical intersection of business and technology for their position.
    • Assess AR technical capabilities (tools) and requirements to be world-class, AR strengths, opportunities and weaknesses, and future technology requirements.
    • Identify AR organizational (personnel) technical capabilities, strengths and gaps, and plan future capability improvements within discipline with senior leadership.
  • Demonstrate technical leadership.
    • Drive direction of standards that align with AR business demands.
    • Serve as a role model and mentor for the next generation of technical leaders.
    • Provide initial consulting information in key technical areas.
    • Proactively lead improvement initiatives, participate in the Technical Excellence Seminar Series aligned with Engineering Week, and support Lunch and Learn activities.
    • Demonstrate leadership on industry boards, university affiliations, and technical societies.


Requires Bachelor's degree and a minimum of 20 years of experience (credit given for advanced degrees), or an equivalent combination of educaton and experience. Must be recognized as a leader and technical expert within the Aerospace Industry have demonstrated achievements in providing new capabilities and solving challenging problems. Will require a demonstrated leadership role in defining & executing Aerojet Rocketdyne and Engineering initiatives. Requires a demonstrated track record of knowledge sharing, mentoring, and coaching as well as recognized publications, patents, membership in key professional society technical committees (e.g. AIAA, ASME,…) & government advisory boards (e.g. for AF, NASA,…).


Position Specific Experience and Qualification Requirements:

AR as a developer of diverse propulsion systems and technologies requires advanced reliability and system safety analysis capability that is recognized by all customers as a core strength. This recognition leads to confidence in AR products and keeps us as the provider of choice for our customers. In addition, design selections that promote reliability and safety in concert with operational requirements such as flight readiness, human rating, 100% mission success, performance and durability margins are critical for all AR products. 


This position requires expert level knowledge of system reliability and safety modeling for broad range of applications that include liquid rocket propulsion, tactical and strategic missiles, missile defense interceptors, launch vehicles, and spacecraft. The successful candidate is expected to provide reliability and safety analysis for both existing and development programs, guide engineering design teams, support anomaly investigations, and participate in new business capture campaigns. Must be able to integrate reliability and systems safety tools into AR's model-based enterprise program and facilitate its use. Since this is a customer-facing position, it is required to have excellent oral and written communication skills, be able to interface effectively with senior technical staff and all levels of management, and play a leadership role within the national technical community to ensure that AR’s interests are represented. The successful candidate is also expected to capture and transfer knowledge in this critical field to the next generation of reliability and system safety engineers to maintain AR's leadership.


Must be able to obtain and maintain a U.S. Security Clearance at the appropriate level. 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.


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. 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:

168,000 - 256,666 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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