Mechanical Engineer II - Pipe Design (R37426)

Space Coast, FL, United States

Full Time

20 days ago

Job description

At Blue Origin, we envision millions of people living and working in space for the benefit of Earth. We’re working to develop reusable, safe, and low-cost space vehicles and systems within a culture of safety, collaboration, and inclusion. Join our diverse team of problem solvers as we add new chapters to the history of spaceflight!  

This role is a part of Test & Flight Operations team, providing centralized support to Business Units with the focus on design, build and maintenance of the ground systems, test and launch facilities across multiple locations.

 As part of a small, passionate and accomplished team of experts, you will perform the  detailed piping design of systems associated with space vehicle launch facilities. Typical systems support the transfer of cryogenic fluids such as liquid oxygen, liquid nitrogen, liquid hydrogen and liquid natural gas.  These piping systems are often vacuum jacketed.  This position will directly impact the history of space exploration and will require your dedicated commitment and detailed attention towards safe and repeatable spaceflight. 


We are looking for someone to apply their technical expertise, leadership skills, and commitment to quality to positively impact safe human spaceflight. Passion for our mission and vision is required!


  • Perform detailed design and create shop drawings for launch pad and test stand vacuum jacketed piping systems supporting rocket propellants and pneumatics with minimal oversight 

  • Coordinate between fluids design, CAD and fabrication teams to ensure requirements are met and that the process is efficient. 

  • Perform structural and code stress analysis of new or modified piping designs  

  • Collaborate on system safety and process hazards analysis 

  • Create and/or guide creation of models, drawings, BOMs of designs 

  • Create detailed fabrication work instructions for shop technicians, ensuring all requirements are met. 

  • Draft and review specifications and statements of work 

  • Coordinate with suppliers on costs, schedule, and technical design requirements 

  • Oversee fabrication, installation, and commissioning of new or modified systems across various Blue Origin sites. 

  • Provide input on cost, schedule and technical requirements to internal customers 

  • Up to 25% travel will be necessary 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Four year aerospace or mechanical engineering degree (or similar discipline) 

  • Understanding engineering fundamentals for mechanical design and design for manufacturability including GD&T 

  • Ability to develop processes compliant to industry quality standards 

  • Ability to perform direct/root cause analyses when non-conforming conditions are identified and implement proper corrective actions 

  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with integrated teams 

  • Experience with Solid modelling or plant modelling, design lifecycle documentation, and configuration control 

  • Experience creating fabrication and installation drawings

  • Knowledge of fluid components typical in tubing and piping systems (valves, regulators, pumps, etc) 

  • Knowledge of ASME B31.3 and  Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Section VIII  

  • Experience with fabrication, construction, testing and/or operations of piping systems 

  • Strong written, personal, and technical communication skills 

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced Engineering degree 

  • 4+ years of relevant experience 

  • Experience manufacturing fluids systems including but not limited to pipe, vacuum jacketed piping, tubes, panels, support structures 

  • Experience in design and analysis of piping systems, experience using analysis tools specific to piping (CAEPipe, Bentley AutoPipe, CEASAR,…etc) familiarity with mass spectrometry leak checks and residual gas analysis 

  • Knowledge of oxidizer system design and safe operating practices 

  • Knowledge of hydrocarbon and hydrogen rocket fuel systems and safe operating practices 

  • Knowledge of design and safe operations of fuel vent and flare destruction systems 

  • Knowledge of hydraulics systems, components, and operations 

  • Knowledge and experience in the design and operation of rocket launch acoustic suppression water systems 

  • Knowledge of the design of ground based environmental control and life support systems (ECLSS) 

  • Experience with Autocad or Autocad P&ID 

  • Knowledge of precision cleaning processes / levels and passivation of stainless steel 

  • Experience with vacuum systems and vacuum pumps 

  • Experience with structural hand calculations and analysis software tools (ANSYS, NASTRAN, etc.) 

  • Experience supporting field welding and installation teams 


Inclusivity Statement

Don’t meet all desired requirements? Studies have shown that some people are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single desired qualification. At Blue Origin, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every desired qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.


Export Control Regulations

Applicants for employment at Blue Origin must be a U.S. citizen or national, U.S. permanent resident (i.e. current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum.



Employee Benefits include: Medical, dental, vision, basic and supplemental life insurance, paid parental leave (must be employed at time of birth or adoption), short and long-term disability, 401(k) with a company match of up to 5%, and an Education Support Program available after 1 year of service.

Paid Time Off:  Up to four (4) weeks per year based on weekly scheduled hours, and up to 14 company-paid holidays for all regular employees (including part-time), fixed-term, and interns.

Discretionary bonus: Employees may be eligible for discretionary bonuses in addition to base pay. Bonuses are designed to reward individual contributions as well as allow employees to share in company results.


Equal Employment Opportunity

Blue Origin is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to attracting, retaining, and developing a highly qualified, diverse, and dedicated work force. Blue Origin hires and promotes people on the basis of their qualifications, performance, and abilities. We support the establishment and maintenance of a workplace that fosters trust, equality, and teamwork, in which all employees recognize and appreciate the diversity of individual team members. We provide all qualified applicants for employment and employees with equal opportunities for hire, promotion, and other terms and conditions of employment, regardless of their race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin/ethnicity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic factors, military/veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, and/or local law. Blue Origin will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable federal, state, and local laws, including the Washington Fair Chance Act, the California Fair Chance Act, the Los Angeles Fair Chance in Hiring Ordinance, and other applicable laws. For more information on “EEO Is the Law,” please see here and here.


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