Aerojet Rocketdyne Engineer, Manufacturing in Stennis Space Center, Mississippi


Aerojet Rocketdyne is an innovative company delivering solutions that create value for its customers in the aerospace and defense markets. The company is a world-recognized aerospace and defense leader that provides propulsion and energetics to the space, missile defense and strategic systems, tactical systems and armaments areas, in support of domestic and international markets. Additional information about Aerojet Rocketdyne can be obtained by visiting our websites at and

Aerojet Rocketdyne is seeking a Manufacturing Engineer to join our team at Stennis Space Center (SSC) in Mississippi .

In this role, you will be responsible to maintain, develop and coordinate technical training for touch labor personnel including computer-based, on-the-job, written & practical (hands-on) examinations, Certification Board processes (material handling equipment and critical lift operations, hardware inspections, engine test & cryogenic propellant handling methods). In this capacity you will also coordinate technical training sessions, bringing together subject matter experts and trainees in cooperation with functional management. In the near-term, you will develop hands-on training sessions for new mechanics and technicians to learn liquid engine assembly operations.

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

Essential Job Functions (Including % of Time for Each)

As time permits, you will also have the opportunity to perform the role of a typical SSC manufacturing engineer. As such, you will be responsible for component and system assembly and integration into rocket engine products for hot-fire test and customer acceptance for shipment. Responsibilities include designing and planning of layout, assembly and material handling, planning of sequence of operations, and specifying procedures. The scope of responsibility will be for several rocket engine subsystems or as a process engineer supporting new and developing processes that could be utilized on all programs within Aerojet Rocketdyne, with the potential to acquire greater responsibility as performance and experience dictate.

Working under general supervision:

50% - Maintain, develop and coordinate technical training for touch labor personnel.

50% - Develop and implement assembly and test processes and systems. The candidate will develop and implement the processes for assembling complex engine system configurations on a wide range of material types and techniques which will include the following:

  • Determine tooling requirements to safely facilitate optimum positioning of work areas for assembling, inspecting, packaging and protection for the engine hardware, support and maintain all product definition requirements, determine labor/skills needed, setups, hardware handling instructions and scheduling.

  • Develop nominal assembly sequences for process planning; including authoring, release, and assembly floor support (utilizing DELMIA).

  • Perform risk assessments to ensure risks to personnel and environment are eliminated and risk to hardware and facility are accurately assessed and communicated to management.

  • Support nonconformance assessment, dispositioning, and root cause corrective action.

  • Support design reviews – conceptual (CoDR), preliminary (PDR), and critical or final (CDR).

  • Develop/coordinate support hardware and review Engineering drawings: utilize design and business software (Creo, Windchill, AutoCAD, and/or other similar CAD/virtual manufacturing tools/software, MS Office applications such as Word, Excel) to develop, review, and approve hardware in support of Operations and enabling support processes, such as Design Engineering.

  • Manage projects: the candidate will manage processes in accordance with the ARBOS methodology which will include process variation management, process improvement methods (e.g. Kaizen, 3P, VSM, etc.) and other Lean Production elements; may also prepare Basis of Estimates (BOE) to develop key strategic manufacturing plans, risk assessments and proposals that target customer and business goals; and differentiate between technical process trades (including Repeatability, Reliability, etc.) and business (Schedule, Rates, ISO compliance, etc.) capability.

  • Drive assembly process improvements: evaluate new potential technologies and methodologies and recommend changes that reduce cost while meeting or exceeding existing specification, drawing, and equipment requirements.


Requires a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or a related science discipline and at least two (2) years of related technical experience in a similar industry or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

US Citizenship required. Must also 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. Additionally, individual must be able to obtain and maintain NASA Personnel Reliability Program (PRP) security clearance.

Must have excellent oral and written communication skills (including public speaking), and the ability to analyze, evaluate and develop solutions to technical problems.

Experience with MS Office products is required. Working knowledge of the liquid engine and/or large rocket engine assembly processes would be a plus.

Personal skills continuously utilized to execute responsibilities:

  • Organizational/Multi-tasking skills that enhance value stream flow and ensure product value streams are effective at meeting customer and company goals.

  • Team-building skills – develop relationships across value stream and enabling department resources to effectively manage product value stream.

  • Ability to thrive in a team environment, work independently, and embrace continuous improvement.

Work Environment/Physical Requirements:

The work environment my 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, or crouching on narrow slippery surfaces), bending, reaching, handling, stooping and kneeling and ability to lift/carry/push and pull up to 50 pounds. Work may require the ability to operate material handling equipment (forklift, crane, hoist, man lift, etc.) in a safe manner. While performing the duties of this job, employees may work around variable noise levels or with airborne particles requiring the use of personal protective equipment such as air-purifying respirators, safety glasses, goggles, face shield, foot protection ( i.e., safety toe-cap shoes), gloves, shop coat and hearing protection. Work requires the ability to change into protective equipment when entering or exiting manufacturing, laboratory or other areas.

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Job ID 13554

Zip 39529

Category Manufacturing and Production - Manufacturing Engineering