Aerojet Rocketdyne

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Aerojet Rocketdyne Senior Propulsion Materials & Process Engineer (Non-Metallic) 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 our website at for more information on how our employees Power the Future.

Aerojet Rocketdyne seeks a Senior Propulsion Engineer/Chemist to support the Propulsion Materials and Process Engineering team in our site near Culpeper, in rural Orange County, Virginia , 1+ hour drive from Washington DC.

This individual performs assignments requiring an application of advanced principles, theories and concepts in the propulsion field with a working knowledge of other related disciplines (thermal, structural, ballistics). Responsible for leading (technical), organizing (cost and schedule), and implementing tasks directed by a Technical Manager (Department Manager, Technical Fellow, or equivalent) and providing chemical guidance. Specifying chemical testing, evaluation of data, and preparing and presenting reports of results are typical of the job function.


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 annually plus 48 hour annual sick allowance. 9/80 schedule at most locations, providing for longer weekends. Annual year end 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.

Aerojet Rocketdyne has been recognized as one of America’s most trusted companies -

This current opening may be filled at this level as posted or one lever higher.

Essential Job Functions (Including % of Time for Each)

With limited supervision, this individual performs assignments requiring an application of advanced principles, theories and concepts in the propulsion field with an emphasis on propellant chemistry technology and manufacturing with a working knowledge of other related disciplines (thermal and structural). Experience in process control, lean manufacturing best practices, and manufacturing operations experience of items such as propellants, explosives and liners is desired.

Responsible for leading (technical), organizing (cost and schedule), and implementing tasks independently and providing materials guidance. Specifying chemical and physical testing, evaluation of data, and preparing and presenting reports of results are typical of the job function:

  • 20% - Evaluate and implement tractable solutions to technical problems in production or during development involving the utilization of materials engineering and material science analysis techniques.

  • 30% - Technically responsible for planning (technical), organizing (cost and schedule), and conducting technical projects covering a broad range of technical topics under the guidance of a Technical Manager.

  • 30% - Develop, plan, and promote projects independently for the implementation of novel technical approaches and cutting edge technologies.

  • 20% - Consolidate results, prepare findings for reports and present results.


Requires a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or Materials Engineering and five (5) years of directly related technical experience in energetic materials (or an equivalent combination of education and experience).

  • Master’s or PhD in Chemistry,Chemical Engineering, or Materials Engineering or related science discipline preferred.

  • Knowledge of chemical principles, thermodynamics, polymer chemistry, structure/property relationships, kinetics, and data analysis is essential.

  • Experience with energetic materials, statistical analysis, programming and experimental set-up and data acquisition 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:

Work place may include areas where a wide variety of chemical materials are used and stored. May involve potential exposure to variable noise levels. Must customarily have a high consciousness for personnel and equipment safety. May require the use of personal protective equipment such as safety glasses, safety shoes, shop coat, and respirator. 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. These positions may be expected to work varying shifts and hours to ensure successful operation of activities in the organization.

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Location US-VA-Culpeper

Job ID 20062

Zip 22701

Category Engineering - Materials & Processes Engineering

On-Site, Hybrid or Remote? Hybrid