Aerojet Rocketdyne Careers

  • Associate Engineer (Mechanical Design)

    Location US-CA-Canoga Park
    Job ID
    Engineering - Mechanical Engineering
  • Overview

    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.  The company offers a complete line of propulsion products for launch vehicles, missile defense, and advanced hypersonic propulsion.  

    Aerojet Rocketdyne seeks an Associate Mechanical Design Engineer to join our engineering design team in our Canoga Park, CA location


    This is an entry-level design engineering position with a focus on component design and mechanical integration. Working under the guidance of senior staff, you will support component design and integration of thrusters, nozzles, valves, and tanks used in high pressure applications.


    This position may be filled at this level posted or one level higher.

    Essential Job Functions (Including % of Time for Each)

    Under close supervision, the Associate Engineer performs entry-level professional engineering assignments following established policies. The position requires some independent professional judgment and application of engineering principles, theories and concepts. The mechanical engineering responsibilities will concentrate on the design of liquid propulsion thrusters and system level integration.


    50% - Perform basic engineering calculations and preliminary design. Apply general knowledge of strength of materials, machining and joining processes, and non-destructive testing. Develop designs using computer aided design tools. Evaluate feasibility through the application of CAD models, engineering drawings and up-front analysis tools.

    20% - Coordinate and interact with personnel from other engineering disciplines, manufacturing operations, quality engineering, and supply chain.


    10% - Leverage DFM software to evaluate alignment with machining capabilities. Learn and apply geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, as well as associated inspection processes.

    10% - Support hardware fabrication, testing, and evaluation. Support anomalies and failure investigations. 

    10% - Prepare and present technical material to engineering leads and/or small audiences. Generate engineering reports for assigned projects or activities.


    Requires a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering or a related field (or an equivalent combination of education and experience). 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). 


    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.


    Hands-on experience with mechanical systems is strongly preferred (aerospace, automotive, aircraft or machinery). Experience with liquid rocket engines a plus.



    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 and to maintain attention to detail despite interruptions; may occasionally lift/carry/push/pull up to 25 pounds; may require minimal 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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