Metal additive manufacturing
fluid mechanics


The Propulsion team is filled with outside-the-box thinkers and innovators. Vaya is looking to expand this team with likeminded individuals who are comfortable working in a fast-paced environment contributing to novel solutions, while demonstrating personal leadership, technical competence, attention to detail, and a willingness to expand their technical understanding.

As RCS Design Engineer, you will be responsible for the design, analysis, and development of Reaction Control Thrusters and related fluid systems required for the attitude control of the Dauntless Small-Sat Launch Vehicle. In this role you will develop unique technical solutions to develop the specialized propulsion technologies required to deliver customerโ€™s payloads to their specified orbits; safely, efficiently, and sustainably. While in this role you will work with a wide team of creative individuals to develop the highest performance and reliability system while working to lower complexity and cost.

Travel Required

Up to 10%

Required Security Clearance

None (ITAR Eligible)

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Perform system, subsystem, and component design characterization and optimization
  • Conduct detailed lifecycle analysis of Reaction Control Thrusters and related fluid components
  • Develop and maintain CAD models, assemblies, and drawings
  • Develop, support, and write documentation and procedures for production, manufacturing, and assembly of propulsion hardware
  • Perform RCS component design, fabrication, assembly, and testing
  • Identification, communication, and mitigation of technical, schedule, and cost risks
  • Develop assembly and testing procedures for propulsion systems and components
  • Train technicians on test, fabrication, safety procedures, and best practices
  • Conduct detailed analysis of hybrid rocket engine systems and individual components and provide recommendations for correction or improvement
  • Conduct configuration design studies and development of prototype Reaction Control Systems
  • Work with GNC to develop models of propulsion systems during vehicle accent through orbital insertion
  • Identify, develop, and implement improvements to fabrication and testing capabilities to meet vehicle development timelines while reducing cost
  • Enabling rapid technology innovation by supporting the development of algorithmic system design software


  • BS. in mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, chemical engineering, or similar engineering disciplines
  • 3+ years of propulsion or fluid system design and component manufacturing
  • Experience with CAD to design parts and assemblies
  • Experience with metal additive manufacturing and post processing methods
  • Willingness to work flexible hours as necessary
  • US Person as defined in 22 CRF Part 120.15 (U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, refugees and those given asylum in the United States, and temporary residents granted amnesty) since work includes ITAR controlled technical data

Preferred Skills and Education

  • MS. in mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, chemical engineering, or similar engineering disciplines
  • Direct experience with the application and design of Reaction Control Systems
  • Strong interpersonal and collaborative skills problem-solving on large interdisciplinary teams
  • Self-motivated and regulated, capable of developing self-regulated high detail result-oriented results with minimal input and direction
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills to concisely present engineering problems and solutions
  • Working knowledge of MATLAB, Python, or similar software for developing analysis/design tools
  • Experience in LabView or similar software for data collection
  • Familiarity with data processing, filtering, and analysis techniques
  • Experience with Computer Aided Design (CAD) in Siemens NX or similar software with generating, reading, and interpreting engineering models and drawings
  • Professional experience with Multiphysics Analysis tools such as STAR-CCM+ or similar software
  • Professional experience with technical drawings and GD&T conforming to ASME Y14.5 or similar
  • 2+ years of design experience in metal additive manufacturing (Laser powder bed fusion, direct energy deposition, etc.) and post processing
  • 2+ years of design experience of metal fabrication techniques including CNC, welding, and inspection
  • Understanding of Oxygen cleanliness standards, cleaning procedures, and material compatibilities
  • Familiarity with Oxygen, Nitrogen, Tridyne, Nitrous Oxide, and Nytrox fluid system design and their related safety/design considerations
  • Technical understanding of Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Thermofluidic Mechanics, Supercritical Fluids, and Advanced Materials
  • Technical understanding of the design and production of turbomachinery, combustion chamber cooling channels, injectors, igniters, composite structures, ablative systems
  • Passion for finding new solutions to unique problems to spaceflight technology
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Vaya Space
$103k - $110k
United States, Cocoa, Florida
Posted 9 months ago
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