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Associate Manufacturing Engineer - New Grad

Orange, Virginia

Job ID 9011
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L3Harris Technologies is an agile global aerospace and defense technology innovator, delivering end-to-end solutions that meet customers’ mission-critical needs. The company provides advanced defense and commercial technologies across space, air, land, sea and cyber domains. L3Harris has approximately $18 billion in annual revenue and 50,000 employees, with customers in more than 100 countries.

Job Title: Associate Manufacturing Engineer

Job Location: Culpeper, VA

Job Schedule: 9/80, every other Friday off. 7:30 am – 5:00 pm

Job Description:  

Our site near Culpeper, VA, in beautiful, rural Orange County (1.5 hours from Washington, DC) is growing!  This site is our center of excellence for Solid Rocket Motor Propulsion and Energetics development as well as high-complexity production programs.

Aerojet Rocketdyne is seeking an Associate Manufacturing Engineer for our Culpeper, VA location. 

Reporting directly to the Senior Manager, Manufacturing Engineering,this role utilizes engineering concepts, practices, and techniques.  This position will focus on Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Defense Production Act (DPA) Title III efforts to accelerate site development, program optimization, and equipment/process validation of fielded tactical rocket programs transitioning to our site.

Working under close supervision and mentors, the Associate Manufacturing Engineer performs manufacturing engineering assignments requiring a wide application of standard principles, theories and concepts in the field, plus a working knowledge of other related disciplines.

Essential Functions:

  • Working under the direction of more senior Manufacturing Engineering staff, and with guidance/support of other Engineering disciplines, support: building and site layout, evaluation and specification/selection of equipment, modernization/automation of processes, tooling improvements, and start-up, qualification, and continuous production operations. This includes assisting in the preparation and maintenance of detailed operations/manufacturing documentation such as: process hazards/job safety analyses, process flow diagrams and control plans, equipment requirements, process failure modes/effects analyses, MBOMs, routings, process instructions, and work procedures.
  • Assist in preparing for and participate in process, tooling, and safety reviews. Participate in design reviews and the review of applicable drawings (both product and tooling). Interface with internal/external customers and vendors.  Develop and provide training/guidance to shop floor personnel related to implementation and operation of tooling, equipment, and processes.
  • Monitor and review established solid rocket motor manufacturing activities for compliance (Safety and Quality) and assist in analysis/development of solutions to specific manufacturing problems utilizing manufacturing engineering tools/techniques and a systematic approach to identify root causes. Implement process improvements to increase operating efficiency. Demonstrate problem solving to address product non-conformance issues and reduce/minimize defects.
  • Travel may be up to 25% of time.


Requires a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical, Aerospace, or Chemical Engineering, or similar major, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred Additional Skills:

  • Demonstrated ability in manufacturing and the ability to interpret end item drawings and specifications/requirements.
  • Strong problem solving and written/verbal communication skills.
  • Knowledge of Lean Manufacturing principles and statistical process control tools.

Please be aware many of our positions require the ability to obtain a security clearance. Security clearances may only be granted to U.S. citizens. In addition, applicants who accept a conditional offer of employment may be subject to government security investigation(s) and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

By submitting your résumé for this position, you understand and agree that L3Harris Technologies may share your résumé, as well as any other related personal information or documentation you provide, with its subsidiaries and affiliated companies for the purpose of considering you for other available positions.

L3Harris Technologies is proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. L3Harris is committed to treating all employees and applicants for employment with respect and dignity and maintaining a workplace that is free from unlawful discrimination. All applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or other related medical conditions), gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, genetic information, citizenship status, characteristic or membership in any other group protected by federal, state or local laws. L3Harris maintains a drug-free workplace and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing and background checks, where permitted by law.

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