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Aerojet Rocketdyne Senior Solid Propulsion Mechanical Design Engineer in Culpeper, Virginia


Aerojet Rocketdyne is an innovative 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. The company offers a complete line of propulsion products for launch vehicles, missile defense, tactical and advanced hypersonic propulsion.

Aerojet Rocketdyne seeks a Senior Solid Propulsion Mechanical Design Engineer to join our engineering design team at our growing site near Culpeper, in beautiful Orange County, Virginia (1+ hour drive to Washington DC).

This is a senior-level design engineering position with a focus on component and system design for controllable solid propulsion systems . Working under general direction of senior staff, the candidate will support component design and system design of thrusters, actuation systems, gas generators and system integration used in controllable solid propulsion systems.

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 supervision, the Senior Engineer performs professional assignments requiring complete working knowledge of application of concepts, practices, and techniques.

50% - Perform and support mechanical design activities for controllable solid propulsion system components, subsystems and system level assemblies in development and production. Plan and execute design tasks with limited general direction and work effectively within an Integrated Product Team (IPT) environment. Activity requires key interactions with component design/analysis, manufacturing, project engineering, quality and customer support groups.

30% - Support manufacturing operations with rapid problem resolution and hardware dispositions through MRB actions on development and production hardware. Interface with manufacturing personnel to assure that design requirements and intent are met.

10% - Develop test plans and technical reviews . Assist in the identification and support of risk reduction and environmental test requirements. This may include manufacturing pathfinders, subscale testing, component and system level tests.

10% - Prepare material and support presentations for internal and external customers . Responsible for preparing engineering reports to support tolerance studies, engineering analyses or failure investigations, including technical close-out reports.


Bachelor of Science degree in an appropriate discipline such as Mechanical, Aerospace, Chemical Engineering plus at least five (5) years of directly related experience (or an equivalent combination of education and experience) is required.

  • An advanced engineering degree is a plus.

  • A strong mechanical aptitude and experience with CAD software tools (CREO 2/5 and Windchill PLM) is desired.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) is desired.

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

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Equal Opportunity Employer/Minorities/Females/Veterans/Disability.

Individuals with a disability requiring accommodation during the application and/or theinterview process should e-mail the Human Resources Department atAccommodation Request. (accommodationrequest@rocket.com)

Location US-VA-Culpeper

Job ID 17480

Zip 22701

Category Engineering - Mechanical Engineering