Propulsion Engineer

Mojave, CA 93501

Posted: 07/30/2020 Employment Type: Direct Industry: Engineering Job Number: 81609

Job Description

The scope of the position includes:
  • Provide engineering expertise in the area of design, development, and test of spacecraft propulsion systems
  • Work across Client's programs, with a focus on the XL-1 lunar lander for the 2022 south pole mission. Other projects may include technology development and testing programs in support of the lunar mission.
  • Provide mentorship and guidance to less experienced technical team members
 
Duties & Responsibilities covering one or multiple areas:
  • Fluid Systems
    • Development of fluid component specifications and sourcing of hardware
    • Propellant budgets and DeltaV margin management
    • Pressurization & propellant system design
    • Fluid schematics and CAD
    • Fabrication drawings and procedures
    • Component testing procedures
    • Propellant slosh modeling
    • Priming and water hammer analysis
  • RCS Thruster Designer
    • Capable of bringing the RCS thruster from concept to qualification in 2 years
    • Direct experience with vacuum testing
    • High-temperature or refractory metal experience
    • Injector design experience
    • Film cooling experience
  • Ground Support Equipment
    • Hydrogen peroxide storage facility design
    • Vacuum test stand design
    • Lander flatsat fluid system design
    • Ground support equipment for lander
○     Range compliance experience
○     Propellant transfer system design
○     Propellant storage
  • Responsible for the procurement and fabrication of all test stand equipment
  • Develop fabrication procedures and instructions
  • Provide technical guidance to fabricators and other technicians
 
 

Job Requirements

Desired Skills/Experience:
  • Innovative and open to helping create a Cislunar economy - passionate about space
  • Understands what is needed for high-quality spaceflight systems - and also what is not needed.
  • Experience with range safety
  • Hypergolic engine in space engine design experience
  • Hypergolic engine vacuum test experience
  • Radiation cooled thrust chamber design and manufacturing
  • Fluid system analysis
  • Experience in the life cycle of spacecraft development: design, build, and test.
  • 6+ years experience in aerospace engineering
  • 3+ years in propulsion design and/or test for spacecraft or rockets
  • Experience with startups or new space companies
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in a technical field
  • Excellent communications skills
  • Strong work ethic and intrinsic motivation
  • Hands-on fabrication experience
  • Must be able to adapt and thrive in a dynamic highly technical environment
  • Will have a large impact on many programs, especially the lunar mission
 
Professional Requirements
  • Must be a “U.S. person” as defined by the ITAR (22 CFR §120.15)
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