Aerojet Rocketdyne Propulsion Products Specialist in Canoga Park, California


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

We are seeking a Propulsion Products Specialist to join our facility in Canoga Park, California (Los Angeles area). Union position.

Essential Job Functions (Including % of Time for Each)


Assemble, repair, and test the mechanical, pneumatic and, plumbing, electrical & instrumentation elements of developmental and production propulsion products per engineering requirements and performance standards. Common hardware includes pneumatic & hydraulic valves, pressure vessels, manifolds, injectors, thrust chambers, wiring harness & cable assemblies, circuitry, thermocouples, strain gauges, and welded line assemblies.

Using hand tools, precision measuring instruments and power equipment, assemble, repair, rework and modify components to required tolerances by hand fitting, aligning, adjusting, lapping, shimming, tapping, drilling and reaming.

Operate pneumatic, hydraulic, and electronic test equipment to simulate operating conditions and perform tests of propulsion products and components for internal leakage, pressure differentials, load curves, contraction, expansion and flows.


High school diploma is preferred. Minimum 3 years' closely related assembly and test experience is required.

Experienced at interpreting information from paper & computerized planning documents, drawings, specifications, and engineering orders to determine sequence of operations and methods required to assemble, disassemble, install, repair, set-up & test hardware within tolerance and per all engineering & quality requirements. Record information manually or with the aid of a computer based system.

Assembly skills required:

  • safety / lockwiring

  • o-ring inspection, lubrication, & installation

  • torque wrench selection and torquing with manual & digital wrenches

  • helicoil installation, extraction, and tang removal

  • staking of burst discs and valves in preparation for electron beam welding

  • masking & lapping of sealing surfaces

  • insulation spot welding

  • application of chem. films, epoxys, sealants

  • routing & clamping of cable assemblies & wiring harnesses

Additional fabrication & assembly skills preferred:

  • soldering, lead forming, potting

  • install connectors, connector pins, and electrical sub-components

Experience with:

  • operation of thermal drying chambers and vacuum chambers

  • operation of mass spectrometer leak test equipment & bubble leak tests

  • hydraulic & pneumatic leak, proof, and flow tests using controls, instrumentation, and data acquisition

  • cyrogenic testing

  • single-zone pneumatic pressure proof testing

Obtain and maintain all required skills, environment, health, and safety certifications. Participate in team Lean manufacturing and process control / process improvement initiatives. Contribute to promoting a safe working environment. Experience working within FOE-controlled or environmentally controlled clean rooms preferred.

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.

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. 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 fume or airborne particles, hazardous chemicals, etc. requiring the use of personal protective equipment such as face protection (safety glasses, goggles, face shield), foot protection (i.e. steel toed shoes, rubber boots, etc.), gloves, hard hat, shop coat and hearing protection. Some positions may require Respirator clearance up to and including the Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) Level A clearance. Work requires the ability to change into or out of personal protective equipment when entering or exiting manufacturing, laboratory, or other areas. Some employees may be required to drive between various locations within the Company facility or between locations. Work duties may also be required to work in a standard office setting and to use standard office equipment, including a computer and/or the ability to travel by air or auto. Ability to distinguish colors may also be necessary. This position 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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Job ID 15035

Zip 91304

Category Manufacturing and Production - Other