Senior Design Engineer

Ursa Major

Ursa Major

201-500 employees

Manufactures propulsion systems for aerospace and defense


$95,000 - $150,000

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Loveland, CO, USA

Required Skills
  • Bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, or a related field with 5 years of relevant experience.
  • Ability to design an analyze insulation systems based on expected environments and ensure acceptable ablation rates.
  • Ability to ground analytical models with relevant test data.
  • Relevant experience with rocket motors, solid propulsion elements, and structural interfaces.
  • Proficiency with computer-aided design and analysis tools.
  • Strong understanding of design for additive manufacturing including material and design limitations of metal additive processes.
  • Strong engineering fundamentals including in-depth knowledge of thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, and structural mechanics.
  • Effective communication skills are crucial for collaborating with cross-functional teams, presenting design concepts, and documenting work.
  • An understanding of insensitive munitions protocols and practices utilized in the design of solid rocket motors.
  • This position requires that the employee be eligible and maintain eligibility for a Secret Clearance.
  • Clean sheet design of novel solid rocket motor insulation systems with limited guidance from subject matter experts.
  • Distill customer requirements into a design that meets or exceeds the intent while adhering to the Ursa Major criteria for low-cost yet reliable products. Also, support customer interactions when requested.
  • Lead development campaigns to prove conceptual designs and evaluate applicability to realized products.
  • Provide guidance on assembly and testing of initial prototypes and troubleshoot as required.
  • Review test data to ensure the product is operating as expected and support design changes as needed.
  • Lead cross-functional communications to ensure designs satisfy the needs of each stakeholder.
  • Develop and maintain aggressive but achievable product schedules that proactively identify and mitigate high-risk design decisions.
  • Generate, review, and approve CAD models and drawings that are consistent with internal best practices and ASME Y14.5-2009
  • Provide dispositions for discrepant hardware including supporting analysis if required.
  • Maintain proper documentation of all designs including design reviews, test plans, requirements verification, customer documentation, etc.
  • Work with the procurement team to ensure the supply chain can support anticipated production rates and adjust designs when significant supply chain risks are identified.
  • Technical mentor for less senior members of the team.
  • Author guidance on design best practices and supporting formal documentation as required.

Ursa Major stands out as a leader in the aerospace and defense industry, providing comprehensive propulsion solutions for space launch, hypersonics, and national security missions. The company's culture fosters technological advancement, positioning it at the forefront of propulsion systems. Its Colorado-based operations offer a competitive edge, with a strategic location that facilitates collaboration with key industry players.

Company Stage

Series D

Total Funding



Berthoud, Colorado



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