Senior Stage Propulsion Engineer at Relativity Space
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.
Our Vehicle team is growing, and we are seeking a highly talented Senior Stage Propulsion Engineer to help achieve our ambitious goal of launching a 3D printed rocket. The successful candidate will demonstrate deep expertise in flight fluid systems design and has experience with on-orbit propellant management systems. This position is ideal for aerospace engineers looking to make a broad impact in a small, high-performance team.
The Mission/Outcomes and Objectives
As a member of the vehicle fluid systems engineering team at Relativity, you will have a hand in all aspects of the design, development, build, and operation of fluid systems on the Terran 1 launch vehicle.
Projects and responsibilities would include:
- Work with a small engineering team to take launch vehicle fluids systems from conceptual design to physical build, owning all intermediate phases of this process: schematic development, thermal/fluid/structural analysis, CAD tube routing / component layout, subsystem testing, and launch.
- Rapid design iteration on tube routing and component layout; collaboration with design engineers to resolve mechanical interferences; quick adaptation to changes in vehicle architecture
- Hold design reviews with interdisciplinary engineering teams
- Lead fluid system testing through requirements definition, test design, and data analysis.
In order to be successful in this role, you should be someone who is excited about participating in the entire design cycle of launch vehicle fluid systems. You are expected to perform the engineering that informs fluid system architectural decisions, as well as transition on-paper design concepts to detailed CAD models with build and verification plans. You should be someone who thrives in ambiguity and is eager to take on difficult engineering challenges.
Minimum Required Skills and Competencies
- An undergraduate engineering degree in mechanical, aerospace, or equivalent and 4+ years industry experience.
- Proficiency in 3D CAD programs (NX) and GD&T.
- Ability to understand and contribute to the development of fluid system schematics (PNIDs).
- Solid understanding of fluid system components (fittings, seals, valves, regulators, etc.) and system testing.
- Familiarity with materials, fabrication methods, and quality control standards relevant to the aerospace industry.
- Experience with cryogenic systems, high pressure systems designed for rocket boost and on-orbit phases.
Preferred Skills and Competencies
- Experience with fluid mechanics and thermodynamics analysis.
- Hands-on experience in the design, integration, test, and operation of space vehicles.
- Experience designing and analyzing on-orbit propellant management systems.
- Experience interacting with vendors and machine shops.
- Project planning, scheduling, and cost estimation.
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.