Lead Propulsion Engineer - LOX-Methane focus

Mojave, CA 93501

Posted: 06/09/2021 Employment Type: Direct Industry: Engineering Job Number: 82855

Job Description

Our Client is growing a team of top-notch propulsion engineers. The Senior Propulsion Engineer role is responsible for developing new propulsion systems to meet mission requirements. This includes conceptual, design, manufacturing and test of propulsion components and systems.

  • Providing engineering expertise in the area of design, development, and test of methane/LOX propulsion systems.
  • Focus on the propulsion system of the future reusable suborbital VTVL flight program. Other tasks may include technology development and support of other projects.
  • Providing mentorship and guidance to less experienced technical team members - potentially up to 5 teammates

  • Conceptual and detailed design of LOX-Methane propulsion systems including items such as combustion chambers, injectors, pre-burners, gas generators, turbines, pumps, valves, propellant feed systems, tanks, pressurization systems
  • Design of the ground support equipment (GSE) and tooling for engine manufacturing, testing, and maintenance.
  • Design risk analysis.
  • Fluid CAD and simulation modeling, including propellant slosh and pogo oscillations.
  • Component and assembly specifications.
  • Fabrication and assembly schematics and procedures for engine and GSE.
  • Component testing procedures, including priming and water hammer analysis.
  • Provide technical guidance to fabricators and technicians 
  • System manufacturing and testing.

Job Requirements

Required Skills/Experience:
  • Innovative and passionate about space
  • Experience leveraging additive manufacturing in engine design.
  • Bachelor's or advanced degree in aerospace engineering, manufacturing engineering, materials engineering, mechanical engineering, or engineering physics
  • 5+ years of professional experience working with combustion devices or fluid systems
  • Experience using CAD to design parts/assemblies
  • Experience developing hardware from concept to working prototypes
  • Hands-on project experience with fluid and mechanical systems, preferably as a team or sub-team lead
  • Experience with various propulsion system cycles and their benefits and nuances
  • Experience with cryogenic and supercritical fluid behavior.

Preferred Skills/Experience:
  • Master's degree in mechanical engineering or aeronautical/astronautical engineering
  • 8+ years of professional experience in aerospace engineering
  • 5+ years experience in engine test
  • Conjugate heat transfer analysis experience with high heat flux heat exchangers
  • Analytical/scientific programming experience (Python, Matlab, Excel, etc.)
  • Hands-on fabrication skills

For more information email Mark Johnston @ [email protected]
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