👷 Propulsion Engineer II – Launch Vehicle Integration and Flight Operations

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As part of a small, hardworking, and accomplished team of specialists, you are responsible for engine and propulsion system flight operations for our internal and external vehicle customers. In this position you will work directly with a small team involved in all aspects of liquid rocket engine testing, vehicle level integration and customer support. It will be your responsibility to deliver flight engines to our vehicle customers after successful acceptance test, support integration into the flight vehicle and lead all engine related operations that are required to prepare for flight. Leading up to day-of-launch you will report engine status at Mission and Flight Readiness Reviews and lead a team of responsible engineers (RE) to write, review, and execute launch procedures. You will provide engineering support in launch/mission control during flight, analyze flight data, lead engine subsystem data reviews and feedback flight data results to the designers and component owners for implementation into future engine upgrades. To support post-flight engine refurbishment activities, you will assess hardware health and evaluate engine readiness for flight.

Aside from direct launch and flight support, you will serve as Engines point of contact for the vehicle customer, lead problem solving efforts and assist to disposition non-conformances. As subject matter expert in launch vehicle and flight operations you will help establishing standards to streamline the engine acceptance testing, delivery, and integration process to minimize schedule impacts and identify, communicate, and mitigate risks.

As part of operations development, you will lead and support development of the specification for the engine shop, author checkout procedures and work orders, lead integrated vehicle and flight ConOps development and be a general voice for the Engines group at the launch site.

If required, you will also support anomaly investigations and mentor younger team members in your areas of expertise. This position will directly impact the history of space exploration and will require your dedication, commitment, and detailed attention towards safe and repeatable spaceflight.


  • Minimum of a B.S. degree in aerospace/mechanical engineering or physics
  • 3+ years of experience in propulsion development, test, or launch/flight operations
  • Strong understanding and ability to apply engineering fundamentals including thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and structures
  • Proficiency in data analysis and instrumentation including pressure transducers, thermocouples, and accelerometers
  • Working knowledge of cryogenic propellants (liquid hydrogen, liquefied natural gas and liquid oxygen)
  • Working knowledge of engine components such as pumps, valves, regulators, actuators and other high pressure and cryogenic fluid system components
  • Desire to work in a collaborative, fast paced, and multifaceted environment
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Willingness to travel to support flight and test activities
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or national, U.S. permanent resident (current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum


  • Advanced degree in aerospace/mechanical engineering or physics
  • Proficiency in propulsion and launch vehicle operations, from engine integration through mission operations
  • Experience with data processing and writing automated data scripts in MATLAB or Python
  • Proven ability to identify and handle risks in a complex dynamic system
  • Knowledge of system engineering practices

ITAR Requirements

To conform to U.S. Government commercial space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), 8 U.S.C. § 1324b(a)(3), applicants for employment at Blue Origin must be a U.S. citizen or national, lawfully admitted for permanent residence into the U.S. (i.e. current green card holder), or lawfully admitted as a refugee or granted asylum under 8 U.S.C. §  1157-1158.   Learn more about the ITAR here

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Blue Origin

Blue Origin

United States, Kent, WA

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