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Senior Materials & Process Engineer, Non - Metallics

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Long Beach, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, September 7, 2023

Company Overview:

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.


At Relativity, we re-imagine the way rockets are built and flown. The Materials and Processes Engineering Team plays a crucial role in this mission by evaluating and improving the materials that make our rockets. We are searching for a Materials Engineer, Non-Metallics who will serve as the technical lead for the entire Terran-R launch vehicle ecosystem.

What you’ll do:

  • Serve as the non-metallics technical lead for the entire materials and processes engineering team
  • Research, trade, and select conventional and novel non-metallic materials and processes for various structural, thermal, corrosion, and electrical applications
  • Identify qualification envelopes, form test plans, and execute characterization campaigns
  • Develop, implement, and maintain technical specifications and engineering standards
  • Drive statistically-driven experimental design and process improvement campaigns
  • Interface with:
    • Materials engineering staff to identify, define, and fill technology gaps
    • Chief technical engineers to support TPS material development campaigns
    • Laboratory staff to characterize materials and processes
    • Designers to support materials selection, allowables development, and analysis
    • Manufacturing engineering to improve processes, troubleshoot issues and facilitate operations
    • Quality assurance to drive specification compliance and process audits
    • Product engineering to lead failure analyses and root cause and corrective action campaigns
    • Leadership to elevate risks and overcome roadblocks

What you need to know:

  • Bachelor’s degree in materials science or engineering, or related field
  • 5+ years of experience relevant to the competencies listed below
  • A strong commitment to accountability, collaboration, and execution
  • A desire to establish and foster strong interdisciplinary relationships across the company
  • An authentic, introspective, and inclusive mindset towards technical, interpersonal, and team growth and development

Nice to haves but not required:

  • Experience with the following non-metallic materials and processes:
    • Epoxy, urethane, and silicone adhesives and sealants
    • Corks, foams, ceramics, and related thermal protection materials
    • Primers, paints, and coatings for corrosion, thermal, and electrical applications
    • Potting, staking, and conformal coats
    • Elastomeric gaskets and seals
    • Polymer-based material systems for non-structural applications
    • Dry film lubricants and greases
  • Understanding of cryogenic and high temperature non-metallic material behavior
  • Experience with non-metallic testing standards and procedures
  • Familiarity with contamination control and outgassing principles
  • Expertise in statistical experimental design and process control

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.

The below-range represents Relativity Space’s current good-faith pay scale for this role. Relativity Space reserves the right to modify or update this range at any time.

Compensation is only one part of our entire total rewards package. To see some of the benefits & perks we offer, please visit here:
Hiring Range:
$127,000$163,000 USD