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Valve Engineer, Project and Component Engineering at Aerojet Rocketdyne

Valve Engineer, Project and Component Engineering

Aerojet Rocketdyne Redmond, WA (Onsite) Full-Time

Aerojet Rocketdyne is a leading supplier of chemical and electric propulsion systems for Earth-space and interplanetary spacecraft. Aerojet Rocketdyne systems are on a majority of U.S. spacecraft and we also support European and Japanese customers. Our programs span the range from basic research for next-generation systems to on-going production for current missions.

In our Redmond WA facility we fabricate, assembly, and test chemical and electric thrusters, as well as small scale propulsion systems. Our electric propulsion systems enable a wide variety of missions from the exploration of our solar system to global communication and the surveillance of severe weather and wild fires. Visit our website at for more information on how our employees Power the Future.

Aerojet Rocketdyne anticipates a need for an Engineer to join our Product and Component Engineering department in Redmond, WA (Seattle area).

You will join a team working on the development, fabrication, and test of propulsion systems for spacecraft and defense applications. The engineer provides technical oversight and project leadership for in-house and supplier-based valve products. Valve products include a broad range of liquid and gaseous propellant control components. This position reports to the Valve & Actuator Project and Component Engineering Manager and is assigned to propulsion system Integrated Product Teams (IPTs).


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.

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Beautiful Campus - Large campus with forested trail, basketball court, fitness center, covered bicycle parking, and outdoor gazebos.

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

Essential Job Functions (Including % of Time for Each)

Under general direction and guidance, the Engineer determines approaches to objectives demonstrating a technical understanding and application of engineering principles, concepts, and practices.

25% - Development and fabrication support of rocket engine valves. Applies engineering and scientific concepts to challenges ranging from preliminary ideas through product life cycle.

25% - Communication with external suppliers ensuring requirements are achieved on time and within budget.

20% - Collaboration with other members of project or program teams, management, and technical staff to provide coordination of technical, schedule and cost solutions to team objectives.

20% - Analyzes and verifies valve & actuator design and performance for adequacy and reliability. Supports investigation and resolution of hardware and process anomalies and issues identified by preventative action/corrective action boards or safety initiative activities.

10% - Develops trade studies, design concepts, systems integration and component-level test plans.


Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering or a related field plus two (2) years of experience in design and project management of mechanical and fluid handling systems and components required.

Additional Requirements and Preferred Qualifications:

* Requires general engineering/science background.
* Understanding and use of analytical, design or process procedures pertinent to Rocket engine valve and actuator advanced development.
* Ability to read and interpret technical drawings and specifications, develop planning and procedures for assembly and test.
* Ability to communicate clearly and concisely; effective presentation and report writing skills.
* Project skills in developing MS Project scheduling and Earned Value Measurement Systems is a plus. May require the use of engineering test equipment, CAD, and/or various computer systems.
* Ability to operate effectively in a team environment. Demonstrated leadership skills are required.

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/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 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.

Pay range for this position:

69,500 - 102,166 per year

Note about pay range:

Pay range for this job level is a general guideline only for California and/or Washington State and not a guarantee of compensation or salary. Additional factors considered in extending an offer include (but are not limited to) responsibilities of the job, education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as internal equity, alignment with market data, applicable bargaining agreement (if any), or other law.

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