Senior Propulsion Manufacturing Engineer, Components

| Greater LA Area
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Company Overview:

Relativity is the first and only company to automate aerospace manufacturing by integrating intelligent robotics, software, and proprietary metal 3D printing technology. Disrupting 60 years of aerospace, Relativity offers a radically simplified supply chain, building a rocket with 100x fewer parts in less than 60 days. Our long-term goal is to upgrade humanity’s industrial base on Earth and on Mars.  

Team:

Relativity seeks a highly talented Senior Manufacturing Engineer to join a rapidly growing space startup. This role falls under the Turbomachinery & Components team.  We are responsible for designing, manufacturing, and testing turbopumps, valves, and dynamic components for the Aeon-1 and Aeon-R engines.  This position will provide outstanding contribution to the development of the Terran 1 and Terran R launch vehicles, as well as helping to build a world-class team. A high degree of autonomy and initiative is required. As Senior Manufacturing Engineer, you will own and develop the processes for building and testing the Aeon-R engine valves.  You will become the main point-of-contact between the production and engineering teams as we scale our throughput from development to production quantities over the next year.

What you’ll do:

In order to be successful in this role, you should be someone who thrives in ambiguity and is able to drive their own projects to completion. You must have the passion, tenacity and resolve to work through challenging issues unique to propulsion components.  Ideally, you are someone who has come from a fast paced, aerospace environment, having completed difficult projects while collaborating effectively with multidisciplinary groups.  More specifically, we are looking for:

  • Someone who can work with design engineers to ensure our valves meet all aspects of the intended design, with a focus towards manufacturability and integration.
  • Someone who can develop production processes and procedures for valve assembly, and recommend design adaptations to increase throughput.
  • Someone with experience testing valves in extreme environments, including cryogenic temperatures and high vibration.
  • Someone who can collaborate closely with design engineers, machine shops, and DMLS vendors to streamline manufacturing of valve components.
  • Someone who understands CNC machining and dimensional inspection and can work with stakeholders to minimize processing times of precision-machined hardware.
  • Someone with experience building strong teams and leading projects, directly and cross-functionally.

What you need to know:

  • Degree in engineering or related technical field and 3+ years of relevant experience
  • Strong knowledge of GD&T and tolerance stack-up analysis
  • Strong communication skills, and ability to write work instructions and process plans
  • Experience with flight termination system testing for propulsion valves, including shock and vibration.
  • Ability to work with and train technicians
  • Ability to apply value stream mapping to optimize a production process using both internal resources and external suppliers
  • Ability to work with external machining suppliers to get parts made quickly
  • Knowledge of machining (5-axis, 3 axis, lathe) and associated inspection techniques
  • Knowledge of valve assembly procedures, including press fits, clearance checks, structural proofing, and leak checks
  • Knowledge of powder-bed additive manufacturing

Nice to haves but not required:

  • Degree in engineering or related technical field and 5+ years of relevant experience
  • Experience leading a small team
  • Experience in a startup or agile development environment
  • Experience working in a flight development program

Relativity Space offers competitive salary and equity, a generous vacation policy, an annual L&D stipend and more! 

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

3500 East Burnett Street, Long Beach, CA 90815

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
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
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
Parking
Pet Friendly
Relocation Assistance
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Annual learning and development stipend of up to $2,000.
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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