SpaceX was founded under the belief that a future where humanity is out exploring the stars is fundamentally more exciting than one where we are not. Today SpaceX is actively developing the technologies to make this possible, with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars.

TURBOMACHINERY DEVELOPMENT ENGINEER

Oversee all aspects of turbopump design, development, and qualification and production support. In this role, you will utilize your strong technical knowledge of the turbomachinery and the full engine system, as well as your ability to work with a wider team of specialists in the various sub systems of the pump. Ensure that turbopumps are developed with aggressive manufacturing goals, minimum cost/weight, and on an aggressive schedule.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Design, build, test and support turbopumps for SpaceX’s line of liquid fueled rocket engines
  • Support the production and flight operations for ensuring it is successful in all aspects or take ownership of one of the critical sub systems
  • Review and/or update detailed mechanical analysis on all the turbopump components/systems, and confirm that they meet the required standards for life and reliability targets
  • Work with other engineers to ensure rotordynamics/bearings and other mechanical elements (seals etc.) are correctly defined and implemented or perform analysis as needed
  • Work with designers to support accurate and correct models and drawings for turbopump assembly and components, and ensure that these drawings are correct and able to be manufactured with the available processes (or develop process to enable them)
  • Ensure that detailed layouts and stack-ups are up to date and ensure all the correct build clearances and fits are set such that the turbopump can be assembled and run correctly
  • Work with manufacturing engineers to ensure turbo pump and key sub-assemblies are manufactured correctly and efficiently
  • Work with teams developing other systems on the engine (combustion devices, valves, etc.) to ensure that the turbo pump design is optimally integrated and that risks are minimized across the engine
  • Support both component and assembly testing of the turbopump
  • Help define the test configuration, test process/execution, and review the results
  • Lead the resolution of issues encountered with the turbopump during testing or flight operations
  • Support ongoing design improvements to turb

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline
  • 2+ years of academic or professional experience related to turbomachinery or rocket engine developmen

PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Master’s degree in an engineering discipline
  • Background in turbomachinery design (aero/hydro, CFD, stress analysis, HCF, LCF)
  • Hands-on experience with turbomachinery hardware build
  • Experience with turbomachinery manufacturing and design of manufacturability
  • Experience with turbomachinery testing and engine testing
  • Understanding of thermodynamics, compressible and incompressible flow, thermochemistry mechanics and/or materials
  • Professional experience using Siemens NX (Unigraphics) and ANSYS, Fluent or other comparable CFD package also desirable
  • Understanding of engineering fundamentals and the ability to perform basic analysis
  • Great attitude in the face of extreme challenges
  • Experience at a nimble engineering organization or in a highly technical position that required a scrappy, entrepreneurial manner to accomplish tasks with tight time or budget constraints
  • Demonstrated track record of excellent academic and professional achievement
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to deliver against an aggressive schedules

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Willingness to travel in support of launching and testing of hardware
  • Willingness to work extended hours and weekends as needed to resolve critical technical or timing issues

ITAR REQUIREMENTS:

  • To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here.  

SpaceX is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with SpaceX is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.

Applicants wishing to view a copy of SpaceX’s Affirmative Action Plan for veterans and individuals with disabilities, or applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify the Human Resources Department at (310) 363-6000.

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