Rocket Development Engineer


Job Description
BAE Systems, one of the world's leading defense contractors and a stable Fortune 500 Company, is hiring a Rocket Development Engineer for our R&D team at the Radford Army Ammunition Plant. The Rocket Research and Development Team is looking for a motivated and engaged design engineer to develop new solid rocket motor propulsion systems.

The Rocket Development Engineer will be involved in the design, analysis, build, and test of rocket motors for aerospace and defense applications. In this role, you will work with a team of like-minded and similarly focused scientists, technicians and engineers. The Rocket Development Engineer will lead development programs as well as provide design and analysis support.

Typical activities may include:
  • Motor/Grain/Nozzle Sizing and Performance Estimation
  • Mechanical Motor Component Design
  • Case Design
  • Grain Design
  • Nozzle Design
  • Test Equipment Selection and Implementation
  • Performance Prediction
  • Optimization Analysis
  • Computer-Aided Analyses (Fluid, Thermal, Structural or other)
  • Risk Assessment
  • Technical Presentation


Required Skills and Education
  • Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or Related Scientific/Mathematical Field - must have completed coursework in physics and differential equations
  • Four year's experience in engineering design and analysis
  • Experience with CAD Software (i.e. Autodesk, Solidworks, Pro-Engineer etc.)
  • Experience with computer programming such as Octave, C++, or Python
  • Able to think critically and work creatively
  • Good understanding of thermodynamics and/or fluid dynamics


Preferred Skills and Education
  • Experience in design of aerospace propulsion or structures
  • Experience with Solidworks
  • Experience with modeFrontier, DAKOTA, or similar optimization tools
  • Experience in Creating and Interpreting Engineering Drawings
  • Proficient in MATLAB (or Octave)
  • Experience with Star-CCM+
  • Working Knowledge of Composite Materials and Structures (Especially Pressure Vessels)
  • Object Oriented Programming Experience (C++, Java etc.)
  • Proficient in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Analysis, Thermal Analysis, and/or Finite Element Structural Analysis (Solidworks, ANSYS, ABAQUS etc.)
  • Proficient with Python


About BAE Systems Platforms & Services
The Platforms & Services (P&S) sector under BAE Systems, Inc does the big stuff: the armored combat vehicles, naval guns, missile launchers, and naval ship repair...just to name a few. Our employees take pride in the work they do and why they do it. They are on the front lines every day, building our products to protect the lives of those who serve. We may be biased, but we think P&S does some of the coolest work around, and we think you will too.

We celebrate the array of skills, experiences, and perspectives our employees bring to the table. For us, differences are a source of strength. We're laser-focused on high performance, and we work hard every day to nurture an inclusive culture where all employees can innovate and thrive. Here, you will not only build your career, but you will also enjoy work-life balance, uncover new experiences, and collaborate with passionate colleagues.