Turbomachinery Engineer
Posted on 3/15/2023

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.
West Athens, CA, USA
Experience Level
  • Bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline
  • 1+ years of professional experience in the design of turbomachinery or other turbomachinery experience (internship experience qualifies)
  • Master's degree or higher in aerospace or mechanical engineering
  • Strong understanding of pump hydrodynamic design and fundamentals of turbomachinery
  • Strong understanding of turbomachinery mechanical design
  • Strong understanding of thermodynamics, compressible and incompressible flow, thermochemistry mechanics and/or materials
  • Experience with turbomachinery manufacturing and design of manufacturability
  • Experience with secondary flow and axial thrust balance modeling
  • Hands-on experience with turbomachinery hardware build
  • Experience with turbomachinery testing and engine testing
  • Professional experience using Siemens NX (Unigraphics) or other CAD packages
  • Experience with Ansys (CFX, Mechanical, Thermal)
  • Understanding of engineering fundamentals and the ability to develop first principles based models and quick estimates
  • Great attitude in the face of extreme challenges
  • Experience at a nimble engineering organization or in a highly technical position that required a scrappy, entrepreneurial manner to accomplish tasks with tight time or budget constraints
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to deliver against an aggressive schedule
  • Willingness to travel in support of launching and testing of hardware
  • Willingness to work extended hours and weekends as needed to resolve critical technical or timing 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
  • Design, build and test turbopumps for liquid fueled rocket engines and other rocket or spacecraft systems
  • Own critical turbomachinery components and be responsible for every aspect of the turbomachinery design, demonstrate ownership and work in close collaboration with manufacturing and assembling
  • Perform the hydrodynamic sizing and flowpath design and analysis work for impellers and diffusers for the raptor engine and other turbomachinery for spacecraft systems
  • Ensure that detailed mechanical analysis is performed on all the turbopump components/systems. Review drawings and make sure that selected designs meet the required standards for life and reliability targets
  • Devise accurate and correct models, develop new methodologies and first principles-based tools to determine turbopump performance and operability. Push the boundary of the state of the art of turbomachinery designs by exploring innovative concepts
  • Interface with our world-class production team to ensure designs are successfully translated into flight hardware that is revolutionizing access to space
  • Work with teams developing other systems (vehicle, feedlines, valves, etc.) to ensure that the turbopump design is optimally integrated and that risks are well balanced across the system
  • Own secondary flow analysis and design, ensure that current and future hardware meets performance targets
  • Support both component and assembly testing. Be involved with defining the test configuration, the test process/execution and review the results to confirm
  • Lead the resolution of issues encountered with the turbopump during development/qualification testing
  • Support ongoing design improvements to turbopump assemblies and/or sub systems including manufacturing improvements to reduce cost and lead time of components