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Lead Propulsion Engineer - Lox Methane Focus

Company: PDS Tech, Inc.
Location: Mojave
Posted on: April 27, 2021

Job Description:

  • Providing engineering expertise in the area of design, development, and test of methane/LOX propulsion systems.
  • Focus on the propulsion system of the future reusable suborbital VTVL flight program. Other tasks may include technology development and support of other projects.
  • Providing mentorship and guidance to less experienced technical team members - potentially up to 5 teammates
  • Accountabilities:
  • Conceptual and detailed design of LOX-Methane propulsion systems including items such as combustion chambers, injectors, pre-burners, gas generators, turbines, pumps, valves, propellant feed systems, tanks, pressurization systems
  • Design of the ground support equipment (GSE) and tooling for engine manufacturing, testing, and maintenance.
  • Design risk analysis.
  • Fluid CAD and simulation modeling, including propellant slosh and pogo oscillations.
  • Component and assembly specifications.
  • Fabrication and assembly schematics and procedures for engine and GSE.
  • Component testing procedures, including priming and water hammer analysis.
  • Provide technical guidance to fabricators and technicians
  • System manufacturing and testing.
  • Required Skills / Experience:
  • Innovative and passionate about space
  • Experience leveraging additive manufacturing in engine design.
  • Bachelor's or advanced degree in aerospace engineering, manufacturing engineering, materials engineering, mechanical engineering, or engineering physics
  • 5+ years of professional experience working with combustion devices or fluid systems
  • Experience using CAD to design parts/assemblies
  • Experience developing hardware from concept to working prototypes
  • Hands-on project experience with fluid and mechanical systems, preferably as a team or sub-team lead
  • Experience with various propulsion system cycles and their benefits and nuances
  • Experience with cryogenic and supercritical fluid behavior.
  • Experience developing a complete LOX/Methane or LOX/LH2
  • Preferred Skills/Experience:
  • Master's degree in mechanical engineering or aeronautical/astronautical engineering
  • 8+ years of professional experience in aerospace engineering
  • 5+ years experience in engine test
  • Conjugate heat transfer analysis experience with high heat flux heat exchangers
  • Analytical/scientific programming experience (Python, Matlab, Excel, etc.)
  • Hands-on fabrication skills
  • Professional Requirements: All applicants must be U.S. persons as defined in the U.S. export control laws (22 CFR --120.15) and regulations to include: U.S. citizen, national, lawful permanent resident or individual admitted to the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum.

    PDS Tech, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, age, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, or other legally protected status. Founded in 1977, PDS Tech, Inc. is one of the nation's premier specialty staffing firms with 31 offices nationwide. We offer a full range of benefits including:
    • Health insurance
    • Paid holidays
    • Weekly payroll
    • Immediate 401(k) eligibility
    • Completion Bonuses
    • Training
    • Please note availability of benefits may vary by position PDS specializes in Engineering and IT arenas including Aerospace, Defense, Electronics, Telecommunications, Automotive, and Energy just to name a few. Our reputation, track record, and years of continuous growth reflect the commitment to quality that our employees and clients experience first-hand. To find out more about PDS, please visit $$$ PDS pays for referrals! $$$

Keywords: PDS Tech, Inc., Lancaster , Lead Propulsion Engineer - Lox Methane Focus, Engineering , Mojave, California

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