Propulsion Systems Engineer

Huntington Beach, CA 92649

Posted: 04/17/2019 Employment Type: Direct Industry: Engineering Job Number: 80201
Job Summary
Innovation in space occurs when people have the freedom to imagine and to do. We are looking for other thought leaders in their fields of expertise who also believe in our vision and can work beside us to make this dream a reality. The Propulsion Systems Engineer will be responsible for design, analysis, and packaging of the propulsion system and its components to develop and verify design objectives and qualification envelopes. This role is for a dynamic, self-starting individual with great attention to detail and excellent people skills. This is a full-time position located at our facility in Huntington Beach, CA, with periodic travel to our Arizona Test Site (ATS) near Tucson, AZ.
A typical day might include the following:
As a Propulsion Systems Engineer, you will leverage your knowledge, experience, and creativity to develop novel solutions at the cutting edge of space technology. The responsibilities of this position will be analysis intensive, primarily supporting the development and verification of propulsion system thermal/fluid models and associated mechanical design.
  • Responsible for a portion of the propulsion systems aboard the VECTOR-R rocket
  • Perform analyses for pressure balance, thermal induced stress, and structural integrity during flight of various propulsion system components
  • Execute on trade studies relating to subsystem design, architecture and operation
  • Configuration implementation, detailed design, and verification activities
  • Work with interdisciplinary teams to ensure the sub-system or component will meet the system requirements and performs integrally with avionics, GNC, mission operations, etc.
  • Work with the production team to ensure a smooth transition to a reliable manufacturing process
  • This company strongly believes in the power of the individual and seeks people who share our passion for innovating, building and flying
This job might be for you if you have these:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace/Mechanical Engineering or in “STEM” related majors (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)
  • Minimum 5 years of relevant working with design and integration of various thermo-fluids components such as pressure vessels, COPVs, valves, pumps, heat exchangers, pressure transducers, or temperature sensors
  • Experienced in NX or other CAD packages with a solid understanding and application of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T)
  • Willing to travel approx. 15% to Tucson, AZ facility to support test campaigns and support program reviews is likely
  • Ability and willingness to thrive in a fast-paced, rapidly changing work environment
  • Must be available to work extended hours and weekends as needed
It would be impressive if you also have these:
  • Master’s Degree in a relevant field and/or certifications or similar within aerospace, aviation or automotive is preferred
  • Experience with test instrumentation and control components like pressure transducers, thermocouples, and associated data analysis
  • Experience with 3D printed components, pressurized structures / piping, valves, and/or lightweight aerospace structures
  • Knowledge of MATLAB, Python, C/C++
  • Experience with one or more fluid or thermal modeling tools is required (e.g., ANSYS Workbench, ANSYS Classic, FLUENT, SINDA/FLUINT, Thermal Desktop, MINIVER, etc).
  • BIG vision to reshape the multi-billion launch market
  • Ability to work as a member of a cross-functional team
  • Ability to add something unique and positive to our team
For more information contact Mark Johnston at 714-901-3804 or
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