Aerojet Rocketdyne

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Aerojet Rocketdyne Engineer, Tool and Design in Culpeper, Virginia


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, tactical and advanced hypersonic propulsion. For more information visit .

We are hiring a Tool and Design Engineer to join our engineering design team at our growing site near Culpeper, in rural Orange County, Virginia (1.5 hours drive from Washington DC). This is an engineering position with a focus on component and system tooling design for solid rocket propulsion systems and component sub-assembly operations. Work is performed with general direction and exercises considerable latitude in determining objectives and approaches on assignments. The successful individual will guide design and development of Jigs, Fixtures, Lifting devices, and Semi-Automated Equipment to cast and assemble the final product.

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 (

  • Work/Life Balance - 3 weeks of vacation to start plus additional sick allowance. 9/80 schedule providing for longer weekends. Annual 1 week year-end company shut down.

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

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

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

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

Essential Job Functions (Including % of Time for Each)

60% - Under general supervision, provides engineering design concepts in support of manufacturing process and tooling. Develops CAD Model concepts, 3D modeling and detailed 2D drawings. Is active in design concepting as well as assisting in the development of processes, working in a team environment. Responsible for design completeness through fabrication, including tool and process tryout. May support more senior Tooling Engineers to develop tooling concepts and designs.

20% - Directs or supports design, fabrication, modifications and repair of special tools in support of manufacturing operations and processes of solid rocket motor, air-breathing, and

warhead programs.

10% - Provides technical support to product engineering for producibility through manufacturing, test and field use.

10% - Assists in tool acceptance criteria for in-house fabrication or outside procurement of special tools.


Requires a Bachelor's degree with an emphasis in mechanical design and at least two (2) years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • CREO CAD modeling and drafting experience is preferred.

  • Previous machine shop experience is desirable.

  • Experience with solid rocket motors or other energetics is a plus.

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/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.

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We consider the consistent demonstration of positive, cooperative, self-motivated, courteous and professional behavior to be an essential function of every position. While different positions have different primary areas of responsibility and technical expertise, everyone needs to work as a team, and we expect all employees to contribute as necessary to get the job done.

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Equal Opportunity Employer/Minorities/Females/Veterans/Disability.

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Location US-VA-Culpeper

Job ID 21127

Zip 22701

Category Manufacturing and Production - Tool Engineering

On-Site, Hybrid or Remote? Hybrid