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Associate Engineer, Materials & Processes

Associate Engineer, Materials & Processes

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US-CA-Canoga Park
Engineering - Materials & Processes Engineering

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Aerojet Rocketdyne is an innovative company delivering solutions that create value for its customers in the aerospace and defense markets. The company is a world-recognized aerospace and defense leader that provides propulsion and energetics to the space, missile defense and strategic systems, tactical systems and armaments areas, in support of domestic and international markets. Additional information about Aerojet Rocketdyne can be obtained by visiting our websites at and


We are currently seeking an Associate Materials & Processes Engineer to join our team in Canoga Park, CA (Los Angeles area). This is an entry-level position for a recent college graduate.


This position will work in the Chemistry/Metallurgy lab and will be responsible for providing materials-related/Process - related testing support to product teams, processing development support, limited failure analysis and manufacturing process development support, as well as interface with suppliers and customers to resolve technical problems relating to material testing. This position will also get exposure to and provide support for the Wet Chemistry lab.


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

Essential Job Functions (Including % of Time for Each)

Working under direct supervision and following specific, detailed instructions or established procedures, this position does the following:


75% - Directly supporting testing, such as metallurgical lab sample cutting, mounting, polishing and evaluation, and wet chemistry titration, gas chromatography, pH/conductivity meter usage, quantitative FTIR analysis.


10% - Test planning and coordination.


15% - Engineering support.


Requires a Bachelor's degree from an accredited educational institution in a field such as Materials Engineering, Metallurgy or equivalent Chemical/Physical science or an equivalent combination of education and experience. GPA of 3.2 plus is required. Strong communication, technical presentation, teamwork, and Microsoft Office skills are required.


Specific classwork in metallurgy, polymers and composites is very desirable. Familiarity with materials specifications and working knowledge of ASTM test procedures Hands on experience in Metallurgical lab sample preparation equipment and wet chemistry and gas chromatography equipment is a plus. Must possess excellent “hands-on” skills.


Some experience in an industrial setting is also desirable (i.e. co-op or internship), as well as demonstrated proficiency in practical application of engineering principles, or quality systems support.


U.S. Citizenship only required. Dual Citizenship does not meet job qualifications.



Physical Requirements and Work Environment:

The work environment may require a combination of indoor and outdoor activity (hot, cold, wet, humid conditions) with a varied amount of walking, standing, sitting, climbing (i.e. ladders, stair, scaffolding, ramps), balance (maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling when walking, standing, or crouching on narrow, slippery, or erratically moving surfaces), bending, reaching, handling/fingering (seizing, holding, grasping, turning picking, pinching), stooping, kneeling, crouching and ability to lift/carry/push/pull up to 50 pounds. While performing the duties of this job, employees may work around variable noise levels. May require the use of personal protective equipment such as safety glasses, safety shoes, and shop coat. May also be required to work in a standard office setting and to use standard office equipment, including a computer. Some employees may be required to drive between various locations within the Company facility.


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