Senior Combustion Devices Design Engineer

| Greater LA Area
Team and Role Overview: 
Relativity seeks a highly talented Senior Combustion Devices Design Engineer to join a rapidly growing space startup. This position will provide outstanding technical leadership in the development of the Aeon 1 propulsion system injector, thrust chamber assembly, and ignition system for the Terran 1 vehicle, as well as helping build a world-class propulsion team. A high degree of autonomy and leadership is required.
This position is based in Los Angeles but requires travel to our Mississippi test site as needed.
The Mission/Outcomes and Objectives:
Our mission is to re imagine the way rockets are built and flown--as a Senior Combustion Devices Design Engineer, you will have complete ownership over the design and development of the main combustion elements. This includes the injector, ignitor, main combustion chamber, and nozzle--taking all of these parts from current concepts to certification. Additionally, you will be developing test plans, supporting testing, and analyzing test data to verify performance and system requirements.
Your main outcome is to have a complete design, development, and qualification of our first flight's main combustion components--with automated data analysis support to reduce engine test turnaround. Over time, you will also identify, develop, and implement cos reduction and automation opportunities for following design improvements.
Responsibilities:
•Design, build, and test advanced rocket engines and propulsion systems.
• Support propulsion system design through all phases from preliminary design and analysis to detailed design, integration, test, and qualification.
• Develop test programs and processes, analyze data and test results, and troubleshoot propulsion hardware and performance.
• Work with manufacturing engineers to develop, evaluate, and improve manufacturing methods using knowledge of product design, materials and parts, assembly methods, and quality control standards.

Minimum Required Skills and Competencies

  • An undergraduate or graduate degree (BS/MS/PhD) in aerospace/mechanical engineering or related field and 5+ years of experience developing propulsion systems and components.
  • Experience with propulsion design, testing, integration, and qualification.
  • Strong understanding of launch vehicle propulsion systems and components.
  • Knowledge of Injector and Regeneratively Cooled Combustion Chamber design, analysis, and test.
  • ProE/CREO experience or equivalent with an understanding and application of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) per ASME Y14.5-1994.
  • Experience managing subcontractors, suppliers, and vendors.

Preferred Skills and Competencies:

  • Experience leading small teams in complex engineering projects.
  • Experience with powder bed additive manufacturing and automation techniques.
  • Familiarity with industry-standard propulsion design and analysis codes.
  • Experience developing propulsion system design and analysis codes.
  • 10+ years experience developing liquid rocket engines.

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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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 are some social events your company does?

Every month, we celebrate our new hires (we even fly in new hires from other offices!) by going out to the Yardhouse for dinner. It's great to share a meal and get to know each other outside of the office!

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
Friends outside of work
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
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
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Relativity Space offers 20 days of PTO
Paid Holidays
11 holidays--federal, and company wide
Paid Sick Days
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
Parking
Assigned spots in the lot specifically for Relativity Employees!
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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