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Associate Engineer, CAD Design

Associate Engineer, CAD Design

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US-CA-Canoga Park
Engineering - Mechanical Engineering

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Aerojet Rocketdyne is a 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. We offer a complete line of propulsion products for launch vehicles, missile defense, and advanced hypersonic propulsion.

Aerojet Rocketdyne seeks an Associate Engineer, CAD Designer to join our engineering design team in Canoga Park, CA.


In this entry-level role, you will utilize mechanical design skills that will be applied in designing and solving issues in the development of components for liquid rocket engines and solid rocket motor technologies. Working under the guidance of senior staff, the candidate will support component design and integration of large liquid rocket engine components used in high pressure, extreme environment applications, such as cases, igniters, valves, injectors, preburner and gas generators, chambers and nozzles.

Essential Job Functions (Including % of Time for Each)

Under close supervision, the Associate Engineer will perform mechanical design engineering assignments requiring application of advanced principles, theories and concepts to develop propulsion hardware for spacecraft and missile programs.


50% - Perform design tasks that contribute to the development of component systems for high pressure and extreme environment applications. Interpret engineering models and drawings and perform tolerance studies. Evaluate technical input from hardware suppliers and work with a cross functional team on producibility improvements and cost savings. Candidate will participate in trade studies and preliminary design using 3D CAD models.


20% - Perform or coordinate thermal and structural analysis for predicting component and system level performance in the design of the products. Interacts with manufacturing to assure hardware is producible.


20% - Prepare engineering drawings with associated geometric dimensioning and tolerancing in accordance with ASME Y14.5 standards. Actively participate in team meetings to assure design content for new or modified engineering designs. Prepares CAD files for team approval and monitors design release.


10% - Prepare 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.


Requires a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering or an appropriate discipline (or an equivalent combination of education and experience). 


US Citizenship Only Required. Dual Citizenship does not meet job qualifications. Must be able to obtain and maintain a U.S. Security Clearance at the appropriate level (US Citizenship required). Must be able to satisfy federal government requirements for access to government information.


Desired Skills:

  • Solid academic track record and demonstrated teamwork experience. 
  • Solid verbal and written communication skills.
  • General understanding of manufacturing processes (welding, brazing, machining, heat treating).
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel and PowerPoint).
  • Strong mechanical engineering background with knowledge and understanding of fluid flow principles.
  • Working knowledge of NX or CREO CAD geometry-based modeling.
  • Experience in the design and development of mechanical systems and working knowledge of ANSI Y14.5.
  • Experience with aerospace valves, injectors, preburner and gas generators, chambers or nozzles.
  • General component and system level knowledge of rocket propulsion hardware.
  • An advanced degree or coursework toward an advanced degree.


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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