Mechanism Design Engineer

| Greater LA Area
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Team and Role Overview

Relativity is creating the first autonomous rocket factory. Our vision is to build the future of humanity in space – starting with rockets. We have an ambitious mission, and we understand that it takes a team to achieve it. This is why we are growing and looking for team members to join us that feel just as excited and driven to accomplish something that has not been done before, together.

We are looking for a Mechanism Design Engineer to join the vehicle structures team and help us achieve our ambitious goal of launching a 3D printed rocket to space.


The Mission/Outcomes and Objectives

To support our mission of changing the way rockets are built and flown, you will be responsible for bringing critical flight mechanisms and supporting components from design concept to physical hardware ready to launch. The quality and reliability of these components is key to the success of the mission. The scope of work encompasses a full design cycle, including conceptualization, design, analysis, manufacturing and testing for our launch vehicle mechanisms for stage, fairing or payload separation or guidance.

Here are some examples of projects you could be working on:

  • Innovative conceptualization and design of components required for separation, actuation and/or fluid control needs of the launch vehicle
  • Review of static & dynamic load inputs, material properties & test as well as structural systems & subsystems requirements
  • Perform modeling and simulation tasks to validate hardware design and performance
  • Develop and support hardware test campaigns, including test integration, operation and result evaluation
  • Support in-house manufacturing process as well as out-of-house sourcing and procurement activities

Your mission will be to deliver these projects on time and budget. In order to achieve this, you will be working closely with our additive, design, test and loads & dynamics teams.


Candidate Profile

In order to be successful in this role, you should be someone who is self-motivated, thrives in ambiguity and is able to lead his or her own projects into completion. Ideally, you are someone who has come from a fast paced, aerospace environment, having completed difficult projects while collaborating effectively with other key groups.

On a weekly basis, you will be designing flight or ground components using NX/TeamCenter, performing analysis using Nastran, ANSYS and/or hand calculations, creating and releasing drawings as well as supporting fabrication and testing of components. You will also use your strong organizational skills to properly document your work and move forward your recommendation when decisions are needed.

 

Minimum Required Skills and Competencies

  • 5+ years of experience in a full cycle design engineering role and a Bachelor’s degree in related discipline
  • Experience with machine or mechanism design, analysis, fabrication, test and reliability assessment
  • Fundamental knowledge of kinematic synthesis, pneumatic/hydraulic actuation, pyrotechnics, mechatronics, and instrumentation
  • Fundamental knowledge of additive and traditional manufacturing processes, materials and surface treatments
  • Fundamental knowledge of structures strength, stability and fatigue failure mechanisms
  • Proficiency in an engineering scripting language, such as MATLAB or Python

Preferred Skills and Competencies

  • 7+ years of aerospace experience and an advance engineering degree
  • Extensive experience of NX/TeamCenter
  • Experience in multi-body dynamics analysis


This position must meet Export Control compliance requirements, therefore a United States Person as defined by 22 C.F.R.  § 120.15 is required.

 We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.


 

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Technology we use

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    • CreoDesign
    • ANSYSDesign
    • JIRAManagement

Location

Relativity is located near LAX in an industrial complex where we take up 4 buildings. We are easily accessible from the 405, near Randy's Donuts!

An Insider's view of Relativity Space

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Our office is very interesting--from the large and colorful art pieces on the walls to the large (and small) rocket parts all over. We also have screens all over that are casting live streams of our testing and manufacturing floor. You just feel like you are seeing the future of manufacturing unfold right before your eyes.

Nat

Lead Recruiter

What is your vision for the company?

We are creating an entirely re-imagined process to iterate and scale rockets quickly, eventually helping to build the future of humanity in space.

Tim

CEO and Co-Founder

What are some things you learned at the company?

I've never been at a company before that has so valued recruiting and the candidate experience in all stages of the interview process, from initial contact to even past onboarding. Everyone here respects each others' time and takes hiring very seriously. We have a high bar, but that means we've also cultivated a very talented team!

Samantha

Talent Operations Coordinator

What are Relativity Space Perks + Benefits

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Open door policy
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Unconscious bias training
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
We provide 5 tiers of coverage through Anthem--2 of which are almost completely free for employees.
Life Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Relativity Space provides equity to all full time employees, vesting over a 4 year period.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Relativity Space offers 20 days of PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
11 holidays--federal, and company wide
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Relativity Space has quarterly off sites reviews, monthly celebration dinners, and regular social events
Stocked Kitchen
A wide variety of snacks are provided
Some Meals Provided
Weekly lunches for lunch and learn, all hands, and new hire lunches are provided
Happy Hours
Bi-weekly happy hours/socials
Pet Friendly
Relocation Assistance
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Lunch and learns
Every other week, we host a lunch and learn to get learn about the exciting work other teams are doing!
Paid industry certifications
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