Aerojet Rocketdyne

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Aerojet Rocketdyne Composite Mfg. Engineer (Senior or Specialist) in Huntsville, Alabama


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. Visit for more information on how our employees Power the Future.

We are seeking experienced Composite Manufacturing Engineers (senior or specialist level) to work at our Huntsville Advanced Manufacturing Facility (AMF) which is our newly constructed inert manufacturing facility for fabricating and assembling advanced composite rocket motor hardware. Manufacturing Engineering team members specify, develop and transition manufacturing processes from development to production.

What we can offer you:

  • Eligible for robust relocation benefits. May be eligible for hiring incentive for the ideal candidate.

  • Trusted - Aerojet Rocketdyne is proud to be recognized asAmerica’s #1 Most Trusted Aerospace & Defense Company (

  • Inspiring Company Culture - Our people solve the engineering problems no one else can and support each other, leaving an indelible impact on our nation’s aerospace and defense legacy. Read more about our culture:Careers | Aerojet Rocketdyne (

  • Paid Time Off - Accrue 3 weeks of vacation to start plus additional sick allowance. 9/80 workschedule provides for longer weekends. Paid holidays including one-week year-end paid holiday shutdown.

  • 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, free training through Rocket University and Energetics University, employee recognition, and leadership development programs.

This posting may represent one or more specific immediate or near-term openings. Those who express an interest may be considered for current and future positions.

Essential Job Functions (Including % of Time for Each)

60% - Plan, develop, initiate and maintain processes for the fabrication of advanced composite parts. Create detailed work instructions, procedures, PFMEAs, and JSAs that meet design, process, quality, safety, and environmental requirements. Provide shop floor support of advanced composite manufacturing processes.

30% - Provide technical guidance and/or training to shop floor, design and management teams. Analyze engineering drawings and specifications in support of developing robust and advanced part and tooling designs. Interface with all of the related support groups for processes to ensure accuracy, control and safety of the personnel and quality of the hardware.

5% - Perform investigations of nonconforming hardware and implement corrective actions to prevent future occurrences.

5% - Present fabrication processes at customer readiness reviews and present process changes to customers at change board meetings.


Requires a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Aero Engineering, Chemical Engineering or related discipline plus at least (5) years of related experience in one or more of the following Composite Manufacturing Engineering disciplines (or an equivalent combination of education and experience):

Insulation Layup, Molding and Cure Position Requirements:

  • Compression molding with rubber, molding compounds strongly desired

  • Hand layup and cure of insulation and other materials is strongly desired

  • Surface preparation for primary substrates to bond rubber or composite is desired

  • Autoclave programming and operation is a plus

  • Experience with operation and programming of Digital Cutting Tables is a plus

Composite machining and CNC programming:

  • Strong GD&T background supporting part validation

  • CAD modeling experience

  • CNC mills and lathes programming

  • Experience machining complex parts using CNC and manual machines

  • Machining composite materials

  • Experience with digital cutting tables

  • Operation and programming of robots and CMM is a plus

  • UG-NX experience desired

Filament Wind, Layup and Cure:

  • Experience laying up composite parts and samples by hand required

  • Programming and operation of 4 or 5 axis filament wind machines is required

  • Programming and operation of composite cure ovens strongly desired

Travel Schedule:

  • Occasional travel maybe required to support suppliers or other manufacturing sites.

  • Occasional off-shift and weekend work required to support manufacturing schedules.

Requires U.S. Citizenship or 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:

The work environment may require a combination of indoor and outdoor activity (hot, cold, wet, humid conditions) with a varied amount of walking, standing, sitting, climbing (i.e. ladders, stair, scaffolding, ramps), balance (maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling when walking, standing, or crouching on narrow, slippery, or erratically moving surfaces), bending, reaching, handling/fingering (seizing, holding, grasping, turning picking, pinching), stooping, kneeling, crouching and ability to lift/carry/push/pull up to 50 pounds. While performing the duties of this job, employees may work around variable noise levels. May require the use of personal protective equipment such as safety glasses, safety shoes, and shop coat. May also be required to work in a standard office setting and to use standard office equipment, including a computer. Ability to distinguish colors may also be necessary. Some employees may be required to drive between various locations within the Company facility.

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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).

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

Individuals with a disability requiring accommodation during the application and/or theinterview process should e-mail the Human Resources Department atAccommodation Request. (

Location US-AL-Huntsville

Job ID 21034

Zip 35773

Category Manufacturing and Production - Manufacturing Engineering

On-Site, Hybrid or Remote? On-Site