Associate Engineer, Design Engineering (Composite Case and Composite Structures)

Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc.

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Huntsville, AL

Job Description

As posted by the hiring company

Job Overview:


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.


We are seeking an Associate Engineer, Mechanical Design for our Huntsville, AL office.


This is an entry-level design engineering position with a focus on component design. Working under the guidance of senior staff, the candidate will support component design of composite pressure vessels, composite overwrap pressure vessels, composite rocket motor cases and composite structures used in propulsion applications.


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. 


Trusted - Aerojet Rocketdyne is proud to be recognized as America’s Most Trusted Aerospace & Defense Company.  


**This role may be filled at the currently posted level or one level higher

Essential Job Functions (Including % of Time for Each)

Under close supervision, the candidate performs entry-level professional engineering assignments following established policies. The position requires some independent professional judgment and application of engineering principles, theories and concepts. The mechanical engineering responsibilities will concentrate on the design of composite propulsion system components and composite structures.


50% - Perform basic engineering calculations and preliminary design. Apply general knowledge of composite design, strength of materials, machining and joining processes and non-destructive testing.  Develop designs using composite design tools and computer aided design tools. Evaluate feasibility

through the application of CAD models and engineering drawings.


10% - Learn and apply composite design manufacturing methods and processes, as well as associated inspection processes.


20% - Coordinate and interact with personnel from other engineering disciplines, manufacturing operations, quality engineering and supply chain.


10% - Support hardware fabrication, testing and evaluation. Support anomalies and failure investigations.


10% - Prepare and present technical material to engineering leads and/or small audiences. Generate engineering reports for assigned projects or activities.



Requires a Bachelor's degree in an appropriate discipline (Mechanical/Aerospace/Materials), or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


The candidate should have a general engineering/science background (aerospace or mechanical preferred); an understanding and use of analytical, design or process procedures pertinent to the particular field of engineering; knowledge of statistical methods; the ability to read and interpret blueprints, technical drawings and specifications; the ability to communicate clearly and concisely; experience using engineering test equipment, CAD (CREO and/or CREO/ProE, preferred ), and/or various computer systems and the ability to operate effectively in a team environment.


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.


Being fully vaccinated for COVID-19 may be a condition of employment at Aerojet Rocketdyne. Proof of vaccination or an accommodation request approved by Aerojet Rocketdyne may be required prior to starting employment with the Company.


Work Environment and 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 and to maintain attention to detail despite interruptions; may occasionally lift/carry/push/pull up to 25 pounds; may require minimal 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.

Required to drive between various locations within the Company facility or between locations. 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.