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Materials and Processes Engineer - Valves and Mechanisms (Level 2 or 3)

Company: Blue Origin
Location: Huntsville
Posted on: May 24, 2023

Job Description:

Engineer Level 2 or 3Location: Huntsville AL, Los Angeles CA or Seattle WA (onsite)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. As part of a small, passionate and accomplished team of experts, you will be responsible for Materials & Processes tasks related to Valves and Mechanisms for spaceflight systems, with a focus on rocket engines. You will share in the team's impact on all aspects of material characterization, supporting design for producibility, and new material development. 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! Responsibilities:

  • Deliver direct materials and processes support to designers of valves and mechanisms in rocket engines including material down-selection, material property testing, selection and characterization of specialty engineered forms, and program decision support.
  • Provide broad materials & processes expertise related to metallic materials (e.g. forging, casting, forming, extrusion, plating, coating, brazing, anodization, passivation) and non-metallic elements (e.g. o-rings, seals, lubricants).
  • Collaborate closely with design, analysis, manufacturing, quality, and integration engineers to select effective material systems meeting design requirements.
  • Review production drawings for large complex assemblies, and creating associated qualification artifacts documenting that component designs and specifications meet requirements.
  • Interface with and audit suppliers to ensure materials and processes of sourced materials and components meet design and qualification requirements
  • Lead and coordinate internal and external Materials & Processes functional improvements
  • Identify technology gaps in materials and processes used across valves and mechanisms, implement development plans to improve technology readiness for future designs.Qualifications:
    • 2+ years directly related experience
    • Minimum B.S. in Material Science Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or related field
    • Hands on experience measuring, analyzing, developing, characterizing nickel, aluminum, steel, and copper alloys
    • Proven experience developing and executing test plans for analysis and qualification of components, materials, and processes.
    • Familiarity with standard methods for testing mechanical properties (including fatigue, fracture, creep, stress rupture) of metallic and soft materials
    • Strong written and personal computer skills.
    • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills.
    • Ability to earn trust, maintain positive and professional relationships, and contribute to a 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 asylumDesired:
      • Masters or PhD in Material Science/Engineering or related field
      • Experience as a Materials and Processes signatory authority on a flight production program.
      • Strong fundamental understanding of the behavior of materials, particularly with respect to operation at cryogenic temperatures and in high vibration environments.
      • Experience with cryogenic fluid, hydraulic and pneumatic flow systems and controls
      • Familiarity with oxygen compatibility of materials and design for oxygen compatibility
      • Familiarity with analysis, testing, and mitigation for hydrogen embrittlement
      • Hands-on laboratory experience with SEM, EDS, metallography, mechanical testing.
      • Demonstrated experience developing new aerospace processes and refining existing ones
      • Familiarity with ambient, elevated temperature, and cryogenic thermomechanical testing
      • Experience with failure analysis and forensic investigation
      • Experience with statistical analysis methods and related tools
      • Experience with statistical analysis for preparation of design allowable material properties
      • Experience with supply chain management
      • Proven experience managing technology development projects, measuring technical progress, resources, and managing budgets.
      • A record of strong personal contributions to both formal and ad hoc teamsDon't meet every single requirement? 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 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 RegulationsApplicants 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 a refugee or granted asylum.Equal Employment OpportunityBlue 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. For more information on "EEO Is the Law," please see and .Blue Origin will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Washington Fair Chance Act, Los Angeles Fair Chance in Hiring Ordinance, and other applicable laws.Affirmative Action and Disability AccommodationApplicants wishing to receive information on Blue Origin's Affirmative Action Plans, or applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in the application and/or interview process, please contact us at .BenefitsEmployee Benefits include: Medical, dental, vision, basic and supplemental life insurance, short and long-term disability and 401(k) with up to 5% company match.Paid Time Off: Provides up to 4 weeks per year, in addition to 14 holidaysDiscretionary bonus programs

Keywords: Blue Origin, Huntsville , Materials and Processes Engineer - Valves and Mechanisms (Level 2 or 3), Engineering , Huntsville, Alabama

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