Aerojet Rocketdyne

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Aerojet Rocketdyne Engineer, Mechanical Design in Canoga Park, California


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, and advanced hypersonic propulsion. Visit our website at for more information on how our employees Power the Future.

Aerojet Rocketdyne seeks a Mechanical Design Engineer to join our engineering design team in our Canoga Park, (Los Angeles area), CA facility.

This position requires mechanical design skills that will be applied in designing and solving issues in the development and integration of high pressure/power and extreme temperature Mechanical Engineering hardware; such as chemical propulsion systems along with injectors, reaction chambers, nozzles, and system integration hardware for liquid rocket engines and propulsion thrusters. Working under the guidance of senior staff and subject matter experts, the candidate will support and produce the innovative designs and design changes necessary to be used in these high pressure/power, extreme environment applications.

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

What we can offer you:

Inspiring Company Culture - Our people support each other and work together to leave an indelible impact on our nation’s aerospace and defense legacy. Read more about our culture:Careers | Aerojet Rocketdyne (

Rest and Relaxation - 3 weeks of vacation to start plus separate sick allowance. 9/80 schedule providing for longer weekends. Annual week-long holiday company closure, plus company paid holidays.

Comprehensive Health Benefits - Medical , Dental, Vision, Health Savings Accounts, and Wellness

Prepare for the Future - 401(k) with company match

Professional Development - Tuition assistance program, Employee recognition program, and Leadership development program

Employee Resource Groups Local and Enterprise employee-led volunteer groups to create community, awareness, impact, and to support a culture where everyone belongs.

Essential Job Functions (Including % of Time for Each)

The selected candidate will perform mechanical design engineering assignments requiring application of advanced engineering principles, theories and concepts to develop propulsion hardware for spacecraft and missile programs.

30% - Develops concepts for mechanical systems to meet customer propulsion requirements. Performs preliminary design, component sizing, and propulsion hardware packaging to meet volume and mass constraints. Works mechanical solutions needed to integrate propulsion systems with vehicle and payload interfaces.

20% - Creates mechanical components and their higher level systems for high pressure and extreme environment applications. Interpret and generate engineering models and drawings and perform tolerance studies. Evaluate technical input from hardware suppliers and work with cross functional teams on producibility improvements and cost savings. Candidate will participate in trade studies and preliminary designs using 3D CAD modeling software tools (Creo).

20% - Prepares engineering drawings with associated geometric dimensioning and tolerancing in accordance with ASME Y14.5 standards. Actively participates in team meetings to assure design content for new or modified engineering designs.

10% - Prepares and delivers technical presentations for internal and external customers. Responsible for preparing engineering reports to support tolerance studies, engineering analyses, or failure investigations, including technical close-out reports. May attend engineering review boards to support program level technical decision making.

10% - Participates in development and qualification testing for new product development. Creates test integration hardware to support flow testing, vibration testing and hot-fire testing. May support hands-on work during test preparation. May participate with data reduction.

10% - Performs or coordinates thermal and structural analysis for predicting component and system level performance in the design of the products. Interacts with manufacturing to assure hardware is producible.


  • A Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, or an appropriate discipline, and two (2) years of directly related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • An advanced degree or coursework toward an advanced degree is a plus.

  • Requires the ability to innovate and integrate new hardware in high-pressure fluid systems with some supervision.

  • Experience with liquid and gaseous pressurized systems is desired (tanks, fluid routing, sealing devices such as o-rings and metallic seals, valves and regulators).

  • Experience with testing and qualification of mechanical hardware is beneficial.

  • Working knowledge of Creo CAD geometry-based modeling is desired. Experience using the Windchill product lifecycle management system is desired.

  • Experience in the design and development of mechanical systems and working knowledge of ASME Y14.5 is required.

  • Strong mechanical engineering background with knowledge and understanding of fluid flow principles.

  • Experience with aerospace hardware is beneficial.

  • General component and system level knowledge of chemical rocket propulsion hardware is desirable.

  • General understanding of manufacturing processes (welding, brazing, machining, heat treating) is required.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel and Power Point) is required.

May be required to obtain and maintain a U.S. Security Clearance at the appropriate level. Requires U.S. Citizenship, U.S. Permanent Residency or other status as a U.S. Person. Must 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.

Pay range for this position:

69,500 - 102,166 per year

Note about pay range:

Pay range for this job level is a general guideline only for California and/or Washington State and not a guarantee of compensation or salary. Additional factors considered in extending an offer include (but are not limited to) responsibilities of the job, education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as internal equity, alignment with market data, applicable bargaining agreement (if any), or other law.

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Location US-CA-Canoga Park

Job ID 21259

Zip 91304

Category Engineering - Mechanical Engineering

On-Site, Hybrid or Remote? Hybrid