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Propulsion Development Engineer - Solid Rocket Motors

Ursa Major Technologies

Ursa Major Technologies

Berthoud, CO, USA
Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2023

The journey to space starts with the engines.

Ursa Major was founded to bring a new model to space access: one in which every link in an enormous value chain isn’t limited by those around it. We design rocket engines and propulsion solutions.
Our products and technologies require an extraordinary team. A team that will mold tomorrow’s technologies while deploying today’s best. We are an intrinsically motivated team that has a passion for solving problems and empowering each other every day to develop our skills, knowing that there is always room for growth.
The Propulsion Development Team is primarily responsible for the design, execution, and documentation of development and qualification campaigns for Ursa Major’s propulsion systems. This involves test design, data analysis, failure investigation, and risk mitigation for whole propulsion systems as well as development support for programs earlier in their life cycle. Success on this team requires an understanding of mechanical and fluid systems, strong critical thinking skills, attention to detail, organization, and effective communication across discipline groups. This role will primarily focus on work related to solid rocket motors but will also require the need to support other development projects (including liquid propulsion work) as needed.
Primary Responsibilities
  • Evaluate and implement key advancements related to solid rocket motor design, fabrication, and operation
  • Design, execute, and document system-level development campaigns
  • Design tests and perform data analysis
  • Own system failure investigations

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or other applicable discipline
  • 1-2 years of practical rocket propulsion experience
  • Knowledge of rocket propulsion fundamentals
  • Programming competency in Python and/or MATLAB
  • Ability to work creatively and autonomously on projects without much guidance
  • Collaborative teamwork is also crucial for success as you will be working with a multitude of different teams on your projects

Desired Experience

  • 3-4 years of practical rocket propulsion experience (e.g., professional experience, university design team, personal project)
  • Experience handling and testing energetic materials
  • Experience with ablative material composition, design, and testing
  • Experience with CAD modeling (NX preferred)
  • Experience with chemical kinetics solvers (CEA, CLWire, ProPEP)
  • Experience with FEA/CFD software packages (ANSYS preferred)
  • Hands-on hardware experience with fluid/mechanical systems, including design and safety review

Benefits Include:

  • Unlimited PTO - Vacation, Sick, Personal, and Bereavement
  • Paid parental and Adoptive Leave
  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Tax Advantage Accounts (HSA/FSA)
  • Employer Paid Short and Long Term Disability, Basic Life, AD&D
  • Additional Benefit Options Including Voluntary Life, Emergency Medical Transport and Pet Insurance
  • EAP Program
  • Retirement Savings Plan - Traditional 401(k) and a Roth 401(k)
  • Company stock options

Colorado law requires us to tell you the base compensation range of this role, which is $80,000 - $130,000, determined by your education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities. What we can’t quantify for you are the exciting challenges, supportive team, and amazing culture we enjoy. Click here for more information about our awesome benefits.

Classification: Full-time Exempt.

NOTE: Research suggests that women and BIPOC individuals may self-select out of opportunities if they don't meet 100% of the job requirements. We encourage anyone who believes they have the skills and the drive necessary to succeed here to apply for this role.
We’re an equal-opportunity employer. You will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status.
No outside recruiters, please.