Aerojet Rocketdyne

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Aerojet Rocketdyne Specialist Engineer, Structures & Dynamics in Orlando, Florida


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

We have an immediate opening for a Specialist, Structural Analysis Engineer to join our Aerojet Rocketdyne (AR) Coleman Aerospace sector in Orlando, FL.

AR Coleman Aerospace produces complex single, two, and three stage launch vehicles used to support ballistic missile defense testing.

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What we can offer you:

Based in Central Florida our campus boasts year-round near-perfect weather. We are located 15 minutes south of downtown Orlando, a one hour drive from Cocoa Beach, just 15 minutes away from Disney and 5 minutes away from Universal Studios. With the many thousands of restaurants, dozens of golf courses, and numerous other attractions we are a prime location for your future workplace.

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.

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

Essential Job Functions (Including % of Time for Each)

Working under limited general direction and exercising considerable latitude in determining methods and approaches, performs structural analysis as part of a team to provide design guidance and verify product designs to meet structural, thermal and performance requirements.

60% - Perform structural dynamic analysesof complex missile systems and launch equipmentutilizing classic hand calculation methods andboth linear and non-linearfinite element models. Conduct static and dynamic structural analysesof primary missile structures and ancillary equipment that are subject to ground handling loads and inflight environments. Providetechnical Subject Matter Expertise (SME)support to structural dynamics testing activities (vibration, shock, acoustic etc.) and assess measured data against requirements. Analyzelaunch vehiclemission flightdynamic response datato define dynamic environments and for structural health monitoring. Correlate analysis models and test results. Provide assessment of the products ability to satisfy internal structural requirements as well as those flowed by the customer.

20% - Report status and results of analysis tasks at team meetings, design and program reviews.

20% - Prepare technical reports documenting all analysis activities.



  • Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering or an appropriate discipline and 9 years of directly related experience

  • Solving complex structural analysis problems across the target launch vehicle organization by providing subject matter expertise to resolve our most challenging problems that can include the following topics; stress analysis, loads analysis, vibration and shock analysis, environments derivation, flight data reduction, and fracture mechanics.

  • Demonstrated experience in performing linear and non-linear structural analyses supporting design, development and production qualification is required.

  • Interfacing with technical leaders, both at company and customer levels, on a broad array of topics to implement analysis methods, requirements, and policy that meet performance and schedule requirements.

  • Take lead responsibility on project(s); may plan, conduct, and technically direct projects or major phases of significant projects coordinating the efforts of technical support staff in the performance of assigned projects.

  • High-judgement; ability to generate innovative solutions and understand the balance between engineering judgment versus analysis rigor and when each is appropriate.

  • 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.


  • Experience with analysis tools: FEMAP, NASTRAN, ANSYS, CREO Simulate, etc.

  • Development of software tools (Excel, Matlab, Python, etc) to support the detailed analysis and optimization of aerospace structures

  • Identification of opportunities for analysis efficiency improvements

  • Experience with composites and bonded joints

  • Structural optimization using standard industry codes

  • Experience in non-conforming material review of root cause / corrective action and disposition instructions

  • MS or PhD in Mechanical Engineeringor an appropriate discipline

  • Experience with White Belt training, lean manufacturing, and/or 6-sigma practices

  • Familiarity with MIL-STD-1540 / SMC-S-016, or other launch vehicle test requirements document, and MIL-STD-810.

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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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-FL-Orlando

Job ID 21278

Zip 32819

Category Engineering - Structural

On-Site, Hybrid or Remote? On-Site