Propulsion Analysis and Development Engineer
Posted on 3/29/2023
West Athens, CA, USA
Experience Level
Desired Skills
Autodesk CFD
  • Bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline
  • 1+ years of academic or professional experience related to structural analysis
  • Experience with Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and commercial tools
  • 1+ years of academic or professional experience related to combustion devices or rocket engine development
  • Master's degree in an engineering discipline
  • Strong fundamentals in structural mechanics, thermo-mechanical, random vibration, fatigue and fracture
  • Strong fluid flow and heat transfer fundamentals. Experience with CFD or fluent is not required, but value-added
  • Hands-on experience with rocket engines, automotive engine design, dynamic or complex static fluid systems, etc
  • Professional experience using Siemens NX (Unigraphics) and GD&T
  • Experience with manufacturing processes such as CNC mill/lathe, welding, castings, additive, etc. Proficient with the fundamentals of Design for Manufacturing/Assembly (DFMA)
  • Project experience or full professional engineering lifecycle experience (design trade, CAD design, prototyping, manufacturing, testing, qualification, production, reuse) is desired
  • Experience making risk evaluations and/or supporting root cause investigations
  • Willingness to travel on occasion in support of testing
  • Willingness to work extended hours and weekends as needed to resolve critical technical issues
  • To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here
  • Perform structural analysis on Merlin engines to required standards for structural margin, fatigue life, etc
  • Take an extremely practical, hands-on approach to model validation/verification, ensuring that model predictions are tied firmly to reality and test data, and make improvements to the engine designLead ongoing engine's ancillary parts (plumbing & secondary structures) testing, analysis and qualification
  • Support ongoing design, manufacturing and reliability improvements to the engine, and ensure the changes are properly qualified
  • Support the resolution of issues encountered with during manufacturing, testing, flight operations or engine refurbishment in a timely fashion

10,001+ employees

Designs, manufactures, & launches rockets and spacecrafts
Company Overview
SpaceX's mission is to make humanity multiplanetary. The company is working on a next generation of fully reusable launch vehicles that will be the most powerful ever built, capable of carrying humans to Mars and other destinations in the solar system.
  • Benefits and Perks - Our employees’ well-being is important to us and essential to our capacity to do extraordinary things. We offer a wide variety of programs to support the health, wellness, and financial security of our employees and their families.
Company Core Values
  • Make History - SpaceX has gained worldwide attention for a series of historic milestones. It is the only private company capable of returning a spacecraft from low-Earth orbit, and in 2012 our Dragon spacecraft became the first commercial spacecraft to deliver cargo to and from the International Space Station. And in 2020, SpaceX became the first private company to take humans there as well.
  • Reusability - SpaceX believes a fully and rapidly reusable rocket is the pivotal breakthrough needed to substantially reduce the cost of space access. The majority of the launch cost comes from building the rocket, which historically has flown only once.
  • Landing - SpaceX’s family of Falcon launch vehicles are the first and only orbital class rockets capable of reflight. Depending on the performance required for the mission, Falcon lands on one of our autonomous spaceport droneships out on the ocean or one of our landing zones near our launch pads.