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Engineering Specialist (Design)

Engineering Specialist (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, tactical and advanced hypersonic propulsion.


Aerojet Rocketdyne is currently seeking a Design Engineering Specialist to join our team in Canoga Park, CA.


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

Essential Job Functions (Including % of Time for Each)

Experienced mechanical engineer that leads projects and researches, plans, design and develops products and systems. Applies knowledge and research to design, development, and testing of mechanical and/or electromechanical systems, engines, solid rocket motors, instruments, controls, and/or machines. Ensures technical rigor to meet required quality levels and compliance with customer and industry standards to meet mission requirements and successfully produce affordable designs. Oversees installation, testing and operation of designs. May evaluate field installations and recommend design modifications to eliminate malfunctions or operational issues. Requires a significant level of independent work. May lead the work of less experienced engineering staff and have accountablity for schedule and scope performance.


 50% - Primary responsibilities are to drive mechanical design activities for liquid system components and assemblies.  Significant focus in the area of test facility integration to design hardware rigs that meet personnel safety, lifting, moving, and hot-fire test requirements.  Develop design concepts, 3D models and support the development of detailed drawings for the manufacture of parts. Conduct trade studies and develop component specifications and procedures as required.  Perform up-front analysis calculations. Interact with component analysis, manufacturing, project engineering, quality and customer support groups. Requires strong communication skills, experience with selection of mechanical hardware, and the ability to manage large CAD assemblies.  Plan and execute design tasks independently and work effectively within an Integrated Product Team (IPT) environment.


20% - Develop test plans, design ancillary hardware to integrate systems with test facilities and support hardware test operations. May lead or assist in risk reduction and environmental testing which supports manfacturing pathfinders, subscale testing, component and system level qualification tests.


20% - Responsible for the completion of mechanical hardware that is created using advanced machining processes and joining techniques (brazing, welding, difussion bonding).  Engage outside suppliers through the development of mechanical hardware. May support internal shop floor and hardware processing. Review and address non-conforming hardware, process planning, support production meetings, and work with supply chain to assure that design requirements are met. Lead engineering drawing and specification updates at configuration change boards.


10% - Prepare presentations and present technical information 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 Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering and nine (9) 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 is desired, as well as proficiency with Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel and PowerPoint). Prior experience with pressurized systems (tanks, valves, fluid flow devices, metallic joining and processes) is key to performing job requirements. Experience with FEA tools such as ANSYS Workbench is desired.


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/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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