Aerojet Rocketdyne

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Aerojet Rocketdyne Rocket Motor Quality Engineer 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. We offer a complete line of propulsion products for launch vehicles, missile defense, and advanced hypersonic propulsion. Visit for more information.

We are seeking a Rocket Motor Quality Engineer to join our growing site near Culpeper, in rural Orange County, Virginia (1.5 hours from Washington DC). Our robust relocation program is available for this position.

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. Learn 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 one-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 current opening may be filled at this level as posted or at one level higher.

Essential Job Functions (Including % of Time for Each)

Rocket Motor Quality Engineers support space and defense propulsion programs, including planning and implementing methods to ensure customer specifications and engineering requirements are effectively met. Under general direction, performs quality engineering assignments requiring a wide application of advanced principles, theories and concepts in the field plus a working knowledge of other related disciplines.

  • 50% - Provides innovative, thorough and practical solutions to a wide range of technical challenges, involving the conventional utilization of quality engineering techniques. Conceives and plans projects involving the development of new methods of dimensional inspection objectives. Reviews engineering designs and specifications for translation into inspection verification methods. Develops and applies new and advanced methods to meet new or unusual requirements. Keeps current within area of specialty in support of global production and R & D projects.

  • 20% - Reviews manufacturing process planning to ensure compliance with drawing, specification and contractual requirements. Provides technical guidance to less senior quality engineers, inspection, manufacturing and test personnel.

  • 10% - Develops, implements and reviews corrective action and process improvements by bench marking practices.

  • 10% - Performs failure mode effect analysis of product design disclosure documents and specifications, utilizing inspection analysis tools and six sigma principles.

  • 10% - Determines gage and instrumentation adequacy, gage R & R studies to determine process capabilities, needs and future usage.


Requires a Bachelor's degree preferably in Mechanical, Chemical or Aerospace Engineering plus at least two (2) years of related technical experience (or an equivalent combination of education and experience).

Successful candidates should be detail-oriented, experienced in conducting root cause analysis and recommending data-driven corrective actions.

  • CQE or LEAN / Six Sigma certifications strongly desired.

  • Aerospace industry experience is highly desired.

  • Experience working with and around chemicals and/or explosives is also desirable.

  • Working with electrical and mechanical assemblies is a plus.

May be required to obtain and maintain a U.S. Security Clearance at the appropriate level. Requires U.S. Citizenship. 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.

Unless otherwise stated in the requirements section of an individual job listing, our positions require U.S. Citizenship, U.S. Permanent Residency, or other status as a U.S. Person as defined by 8 USC 1324b(a)(3).

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Location US-VA-Culpeper

Job ID 20537

Zip 22701

Category Quality, Mission Assurance & Test - Quality Engineering