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L3Harris Engineer, Project/Product, Valves and Actuators in Canoga Park, California

Job Overview

Aerojet Rocketdyne has a need for an Engineer to join our Product and Component Engineering department in Canoga Park, CA (Los Angeles area).

You will join a team working on the development, fabrication and test of propulsion system valve and actuator hardware. The Engineer provides technical oversight and project leadership for development and procurement of in-house and supplier-based valve products. Valve products include a broad range of liquid propellant (cryogenic, gaseous, and storable propellants) rocket propulsion fluid control components and may include actuators and electronic controls. Position reports to the Valve & Actuator Project Component Engineering Manager and is assigned to Integrated Product Teams (IPTs).

This position may be filled at this level posted or one level higher.

About Us

L3Harris Technologies (https://www.l3harris.com/) is the Trusted Disruptor for the global aerospace and defense industry. With customers’ mission-critical needs always in mind, our more than 50,000 employees deliver end-to-end technology solutions connecting the space, air, land, sea and cyber domains.

Enjoy work/life balance at our Canoga Park, CA (Los Angeles area) site. At this facility, we design & manufacture rocket engines and unique power systems that support space exploration & the defense of our nation such as NASA’s SLS, Lockheed Martin’s THAAD, Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser, and the Mars Perseverance Rover.

You're not just "doing a job" at Aerojet Rocketdyne, an L3Harris Technologies Company (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W666fX76aSg) . The work you perform makes significant contributions to national security and space exploration.

  • 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 | L3Harris (https://careers.l3harris.com/)

  • Rest and Relaxation - Accrue 3 weeks of vacation to start plus separate sick allowance. 9/80 schedule providing longer weekends. Plus 90 hours of paid holidays on average throughout the year.

  • Comprehensive Health Benefits - Medical, Dental, Vision, Health Savings Accounts, and Wellness programs. Want to know more? Check out: Benefits | L3Harris (https://careers.l3harris.com/culture#benefits)

  • Prepare for the Future - 401(k) with company match

  • Professional Development - Tuition assistance, free professional development training through Rocket University, employee recognition, and leadership development programs

  • Employee Resource Groups – Local and Enterprise employee-led volunteer groups to create community, awareness, impact, and to support a culture where everyone belongs

Essential Functions

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

25% - Development and fabrication support of rocket engine valve and actuator components. Translates engineering and scientific concepts from preliminary ideas through product life cycle.

25% - Supplier integration with external vendors ensuing requirements are achieved on time and within budget.

20% - Interfaces 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.

Will 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.

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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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).

Equal Opportunity Employer/Minorities/Females/Veterans/Disability.

Individuals with a disability requiring accommodation during the application and/or theinterview process should e-mail the Human Resources Department atAccommodation Request. (accommodationrequest@rocket.com)

Location US-CA-Canoga Park

Job ID 22143

Zip 91304

Category Engineering - Project / Component / Chief

On-Site, Hybrid or Remote? On-Site

Must be Eligible for US Clearance Yes