Staff Propulsion Development Engineer (Engine Systems & Test)
A rocket company at the core, Relativity Space is on a mission to become the next great commercial launch company. Meeting the needs of a growing demand for space infrastructure, our rockets will revolutionize how we connect and communicate on Earth by getting satellites to space. We have developed a vertically integrated technology platform in which we leverage additive manufacturing, artificial intelligence, and autonomous robotics to 3D print rockets. Our unique approach enables rapid product iteration, allowing us to push the boundaries of what's possible today and unlock the full potential of 3D printing for tomorrow. Join us on this extraordinary journey, as we work together to transform our vision into reality.
This role is on the Engine Systems & Test Team. Our work spans simulation & software tools, system-level architecture, requirements, interfaces, component & integrated system hot-fire testing, and more. We collaborate closely with component engineers, our manufacturing team, our Stennis test team, and our Cape launch team to deliver engines that will successfully propel the Terran R rocket to orbit. We strive for continuous improvement and support the development of our technical hardware and human teammates alike.
What you’ll do:
This role may span several areas of our team depending on your skillset and the team’s needs at the time. In the test part of your role, you will serve as a Responsible Engineer for Aeon engine test articles, developing test plans, executing them with our Stennis test team, and troubleshooting technical puzzles along the way. On the systems side, you may support engine system analysis and simulation, trade studies, defining interfaces with other groups, and more. As our vehicle development program progresses, you may have the opportunity to be involved in stage test and flight campaigns. You will also take ownership of projects of your creation to increase our collective efficiency.
In order to be successful in this role, you should be capable of leading collaborative projects to completion with minimal oversight. You should also be a self-starter who is always looking for ways to improve yourself & learn more about the systems that interface with yours. Along with these high expectations comes the opportunity to have a significant influence on a fast-growing startup company and to make rapid professional gains in an environment that encourages growth and risk.
This role requires an average of 25% travel to our test & launch sites and may occasionally require shifted schedules or weekend work for critical milestones.
What you need to know:
- Strong engineering fundamentals in fluid mechanics & thermodynamics
- Clear evidence of ownership, problem-solving skills, and effective team collaboration from school or work experience
- Demonstrated drive to deliver on ambitious schedules, even and especially if unconventional & creative solutions are necessary to do so
- Bachelor’s degree in a science, engineering, technology, or mathematics field
- 8+ years relevant experience, preferably in a complex engineering system development and/or test environment
Nice to haves but not required:
- Working knowledge of fluid components such as valves and instrumentation
- Working knowledge of engine subsystems such as combustion devices and turbomachinery
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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