Aerojet Rocketdyne has an opening for an entry-level Associate Engineer to join our Component Product Engineering (CPE) team in Canoga Park, CA (Los Angeles area). We are seeking a high-energy mechanical engineer to support our CPE Valve & Actuator products. This position provides technical support to project leadership for the development of in-house and supplier-based valve and actuator products. Valve products provide fluid control for cryogenic, gaseous, and storable propellants rocket engines and may include actuators and electronic controls. As an associate engineer, the CPE will learn technical details of valve designs, integration of components into rocket systems, traditional and additive manufacturing technologies, and test applications to provide support to IPT engineers for Aerojet Rocketdyne and supply-based design & development projects.
Working under direct supervision and following established procedures:
70% - Provide support for valve design and development activities. This position works with senior engineers, valve design specialists, system engineers, subcontract managers, and quality engineers to develop requirements, specifications, statements of work, risk management plans, and manages the overall coordination of valve design and development. Coordinate communications between suppliers and lead engineers, valve design specialist, and functional generalist on technical issues, and manages supplier scope with the subcontract administrators. May have responsibility for managing the technical, schedule, and cost elements of valve component project tasks. Establishes criteria used in valve trade studies and make-buy decisions. Develops test plans and writes test reports, prepares presentations for internal and external customers.
20% - Provide communication of project status to the Engineering management and project Leads. Project status includes overall project health, technical design and development results, risk management status, schedule and cost reporting. Supports the preparations of technical reports, presentations, and customer reviews.
10% – Supports in failure investigations and MRB actions, drawing on the technical expertise of specialists, as required. Coordinates the support of specialist and generalist to develop fault tree analysis and ensures execution, resolution, and close-out of all action plans.
Requires a Bachelor's degree Mechanical or Mechatronics Engineering (Master's degree is preferred) or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Related coursework in fluid mechanics, gas dynamics, and mechanical engineering design desired. Experience with MS Office suite tools, Matlab/Simulink, LabVIEW is a plus.
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.
Work Environment and 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.