👷 Sr. Propulsion Engineer – Launch Vehicle Engine Integration and Flight Operations

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We are a diverse team of collaborators, doers, and problem-solvers who are relentlessly committed to a culture of safety. This position will directly impact the history of space exploration and will require your commitment and detailed attention towards safe and repeatable space flight. Join us in lowering the cost of access to space and enabling Blue Origin’s vision of millions of people living and working in space to benefit Earth.

In this position you will work directly with a small team, Engines Flight Support.  EFS is a service center that supports our customer as they integrate, fly, and reuse Blue Origin’s engines.  It will be your responsibility to advise our customers as a Subject Matter Expert, both internal and external, as they integrate our engines into the flight vehicle, verify the installation, and certify the installation 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 provide feedback on flight data results to the customer base, 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.

As part of this role, you will use your system engineering skills to lead and support development of the specifications that are used for engine integration into the flight vehicle, development of flight level ConOps, and be a general voice for the Engines group at the launch site.

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 establish standards to streamline the engine integration and checkout process to minimize schedule impacts and identify, communicate, and mitigate risks.

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

We are looking for someone to apply their technical expertise, leadership skills, and commitment to quality to positively impact safe human spaceflight. Passion for our mission and vision is required!

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of a B.S. degree in aerospace/mechanical engineering or physics
  • 8+ 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 propulsion and launch vehicle operations, from engine integration through mission operations
  • Proficiency in test and flight data analysis
  • 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
  • Working knowledge of instrumentation including pressure transducers, thermocouples, and accelerometers
  • Proven ability to identify and handle risks in a complex dynamic system
  • Knowledge of system engineering practices
  • 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
  • Ability to earn trust, maintain positive and professional relationships, and strengthen our culture of inclusion
  • 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.

Desired:

  • Advanced degree in aerospace/mechanical engineering or physics
  • Experience with liquid rocket engine testing
  • Experience with data processing and writing automated data scripts in MATLAB or Python
  • Export Control Regulations

Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that some people are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single desired qualification. At Blue Origin, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

Export Control Regulations

Applicants for employment at Blue Origin must be a U.S. citizen or national, U.S. permanent resident (i.e. current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Blue Origin is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to attracting, retaining, and developing a highly qualified, diverse, and dedicated work force. Blue Origin hires and promotes people on the basis of their qualifications, performance, and abilities. We support the establishment and maintenance of a workplace that fosters trust, equality, and teamwork, in which all employees recognize and appreciate the diversity of individual team members. We provide all qualified applicants for employment and employees with equal opportunities for hire, promotion, and other terms and conditions of employment, regardless of their race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin/ethnicity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic factors, military/veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, and/or local law. Blue Origin will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable federal, state, and local laws. For more information on “EEO Is the Law,” please see here and here.

Blue Origin will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Washington Fair Chance Act, Los Angeles Fair Chance in Hiring Ordinance, and other applicable laws.

Affirmative Action and Disability Accommodation

Applicants wishing to receive information on Blue Origin’s Affirmative Action Plans, or applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in the application and/or interview process, please contact us at EEOCompliance@blueorigin.com.

Benefits

Employee Benefits include: Medical, dental, vision, basic and supplemental life insurance, short and long-term disability and 401(k) with up to 5% company match.

Paid Time Off:  Provides up to 4 weeks per year, in addition to 14 holidays

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Posted 15d ago
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