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Principal Propulsion Engineer - Valves and Mechanisms

Company: Blue Origin
Location: Huntsville
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

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 diverse and hardworking team of engineers, you will design and develop valves and mechanisms (main propellant cryogenic valves; hot gas turbine bypass valves; ancillary pneumatic valves for propellants, pneumatics, and hydraulics; TVC actuators; and related hardware) for various rocket engines and spaceflight systems. You will be responsible for a valve's complete product life-cycle from initial requirements through flight qualification including design, manufacturing, test support, performing test data reviews, processing non-conforming hardware and writing technical reports. You will need to have a background in fluid mechanics, heat transfer and structural mechanics to be successful. This position will report directly to a valves and mechanisms manager within the Engines business unit.

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 engineering discipline (mechanical, mechatronics, aerospace, or physics desired) * Domain professional in the design and development of valves with previous experience producing fluid control hardware * Strong proficiency in data analysis and data processing * Strong technical fundamentals in machine design, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and structural analysis * Solid understanding of hardware fabrication, integration processes and quality control * Computer aided design (CAD) experience * Familiarity with Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) * 8+ years of industry experience in a related field * 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.


* M.S. in engineering discipline or higher * Experience with Creo (Pro/E) Wildfire 5 or greater, Windchill 10 * Familiarity with analytical packages ANSYS, COMSOL, Fluent, CFX, Thermal Desktop * Strong knowledge of entire development life cycle for valves - from design, development, qualification, acceptance and production * Experience collaborating with electrical engineers and software engineers in the development of hardware for closed loop control systems

ITAR Requirements

To conform to U.S. Government commercial space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), applicants for employment at Blue Origin must be a U.S. citizen or national, lawfully admitted for permanent residence into the U.S. (i.e. current green card holder), or lawfully admitted as a refugee or granted asylum under 8 U.S.C. 1157-1158. Learn more about the ITAR here.

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. For more information on "EEO Is the Law," please see here and here.

Affirmative Action and Disability Accommodation

Applicants wishing to view a copy of 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

Keywords: Blue Origin, Huntsville , Principal Propulsion Engineer - Valves and Mechanisms, Other , Huntsville, Alabama

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