Senior Ballistics Engineer in Huntsville, AL

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5 - 7 years

Posted 8 weeks ago


Aerojet Rocketdyne is a world-recognized aerospace and defense leader that provides propulsion and energetics to the space, missile defense, strategic systems, tactical systems and armaments areas, in support of domestic and international markets.

Aerojet Rocketdyne seeks experienced Ballistic Engineers for our Huntsville, AL location. This is an exciting and challenging career opportunity where your expertise in combustion, grain design and performance analysis of solid rocket motor and igniter propellant grains will be utilized!

Essential Job Functions (Including % of Time for Each)

55% - Perform ballistic modeling activities:

  • Perform trades for grain design that meet performance requirements.
  • Conduct grain design, performance analysis, pretest predictions with established methodologies for motor test firings.
  • Conduct post firing data correlations and/or burning rate analysis with established methodologies.
  • Analyze ballistic and propellant data for model updates.
  • Prepare technical reports and presentations documenting all activities.

35% - Continuous Improvement activities: Update current or proposed ballistic models/methodologies to improve technical fidelity and/or design cycle time.

10% - Design and Manufacturing Support: Prepare inputs for engineering drawings and specifications relating to solid rocket propellant grains. Coordinates design requirements of these grains with manufacturing personnel.


Requires a Bachelor's degree in Engineering (Aerospace, Mechanical or Chemical Engineering) and five (5) or more years of engineering experience with solid rocket motor design and/or analysis or an equivalent combination of experience and education. Additional Requirements:

  • Demonstrated experience in performing design and/or analysis of solid rocket motor propulsion systems is required.
  • Requires proficiency using ballistics models, SPP (or equivalent).
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) is expected.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A Master's or Doctorate degree in a field of engineering that relates to solid rocket motor phenomenology is preferred.
  • Knowledge and experience with aerospace product development efforts is desired.
  • Experience in software development is a plus.