Propulsion Engineer II - Launch Vehicle Engine Integration and Flight Operations (R40667)

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Seattle, WA, United States


Full Time

19 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!  

We are a diverse team of collaborators, doers, and problem-solvers who are relentlessly committed to a culture of safety. This position will directly impact the history of space exploration and will require your commitment and detailed attention towards safe and repeatable space flight. Join us in lowering the cost of access to space and enabling Blue Origin’s vision of millions of people living and working in space to benefit Earth.

In this position you will work directly with a small team, Engines Flight Support.  EFS is a service center that supports our customer as they integrate, fly, and reuse Blue Origin’s engines.  It will be your responsibility to support senior engineers and advise our customers, both internal and external, as they integrate our engines into the flight vehicle, verify the installation, and certify the installation for flight. Leading up to day-of-launch you will be part of a team that reports engine status at Mission and Flight Readiness Reviews and help to write, review, and execute launch procedures. You will provide engineering support in launch/mission control during flight, analyze flight data, participate in engine subsystem data reviews, and provide feedback on flight data results to the customer base, designers, and component owners for implementation into future engine upgrades. In the scope of this role you will be expected to complete the certification process to sit on flight console representing the BE-3PM Engine. There is an expectation that after certification you will continue to support the team for at least a year beyond your certification date. To support post-flight engine refurbishment activities, you will assess hardware health and evaluate engine readiness for flight.

As part of this role, you will also support development of the specification that are used for engine integration into the flight vehicles, development of flight level ConOps, and be a general voice for the Engines group at the launch site.

If required, you will also support anomaly investigations, and assist functional managers in interviewing and hiring new talent. This position will directly impact the history of space exploration and will require your dedication, commitment, and detailed attention towards safe and repeatable spaceflight.

Aside from direct launch and flight support, you will serve as Engines point of contact for the vehicle customer, lead problem solving efforts, and assist in dispositioning non-conformances including on-site supervision of off-nominal field maintenance when required. As subject matter expert in launch vehicle and flight operations you will help establish standards to streamline the engine integration and checkout process to minimize schedule impacts and identify, communicate, and mitigate risks.

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!


  • Minimum of a B.S. degree in aerospace/mechanical engineering or physics
  • At least 2+ years experience in propulsion development, test, or launch/flight operations.
  • Strong understanding and ability to apply engineering fundamentals including thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and structures
  • Experience with propulsion launch vehicle or engine test operations, from engine integration through mission operations
  • Experience in test or flight data analysis
  • Experience with instrumentation such as pressure transducers, thermocouples, and accelerometers
  • Knowledge of cryogenic propellants (liquid hydrogen, liquefied natural gas and liquid oxygen)
  • Knowledge of engine components such as pumps, valves, regulators, actuators and other high pressure and cryogenic fluid system components
  • Ability to identify and handle risks in a complex dynamic system
  • Knowledge of system engineering practices
  • Desire to work in a collaborative, fast paced, and multifaceted environment
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Willingness to travel to support flight and test activities
  • Ability to earn trust, maintain positive and professional relationships, and strengthen our culture of inclusion
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or national, U.S. permanent resident (current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum.


  • Advanced degree in aerospace/mechanical engineering or physics
  • Experience with liquid rocket engine testing
Compensation range for on site WA applicants is
$89,820$125,748 USD

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.



Benefits include:  Medical, dental, vision, basic and supplemental life insurance, paid parental leave, short and long-term disability, 401(k) with a company match of up to 5%, and an Education Support Program.

Paid Time Off:  Up to four (4) weeks per year based on weekly scheduled hours, and up to 14 company-paid holidays.

Discretionary bonus: Bonuses are designed to reward individual contributions as well as allow employees to share in company results.

Eligibility for benefits varies by role type, please check with your recruiter for a comprehensive list of the benefits available for this role.


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.


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