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Associate Engineer, Test

Associate Engineer, Test

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Engineering - Mechanical Engineering

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Aerojet Rocketdyne (AR) 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 entry-level Associate Test Operations Engineer to join our facility located at West Palm Beach (WPB), FL.

Essential Job Functions (Including % of Time for Each)

Working under direct supervision:


60% -Test Operations: Perform a variety of technical and project related tasks in support of execution of propulsion system test facility requirements for successful validation of component and rocket engine test programs. The candidate will be trained to conduct rocket engine and rocket engine component tests and ensure safe operation of the test facility and all associated mechanical systems. Standard work processes will be used to develop and write operational procedures and work instructions to direct test stand mechanics and technicians to perform various test facility operations and maintenance activities.


20% - Test Facility Maintenance and Capital Project Upgrades: Provide procurement specifications and engineering evaluations of system processes, equipment, valves, and process piping used for cryogenic liquid propellants, vacuum jacketed systems, and high pressure gaseous systems. Responsibilities will include working with other engineers to incorporate facility maintenance and capital improvement projects.


20% - Support and Implement System Safeguards and Safety Protocols: Candidate will support mechanical system Lock-Out-Tag-Out instructions, engineering and facility readiness reviews, and system checkouts of minor engineering modifications.


Requires a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering or a related discipline, along with 0-2 years of related experience (or an equivalent combination of education and experience).


The ideal candidate will possess strong knowledge of engineering principles, technical knowledge, and demonstrate a commitment to safe work practices. Success in this position requires sound collaboration skills and the ability to build and maintain effective relationships based on honest, proactive, and open communications.


Additional Requirements:

  • Fundamental knowledge of thermodynamic principles, flow, pressure, and temperature measurements. Experience with AutoCAD.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; strength in teaming and collaboration in a diverse work environment, self starter.
  • Candidate must be able to successfully complete the NASA Personnel Reliability Program (PRP) screening.
  • 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.

Desired Qualifications:

  • BS degree in Mechanical Engineering or Aerospace Engineering.
  • Ability to read and interpret blueprints, product drawings and related specifications.
  • Proficiency with AutoCAD.



Work Environment/Physical Requirements:

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 or with fume or airborne particles, hazardous chemicals, etc. requiring the use of personal protective equipment such as face protection (safety glasses, goggles, face shield), foot protection (i.e. steel toed shoes, rubber boots, etc.), gloves, hard hat, shop coat and hearing protection. Work requires the ability to change into or out of personal protective equipment when entering or exiting manufacturing, laboratory, or other areas. Some employees may be required to drive between various locations within the Company facility or between locations. Work duties may also be required to work in a standard office setting and to use standard office equipment, including a computer and/or the ability to travel by air or auto. Ability to distinguish colors may also be necessary. This position may be expected to work varying shifts and hours to ensure successful operation of activities in the organization.


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