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Sr Propulsion Manufacturing Engineer, Thrust Chamber Assembly

Relativity Space

Relativity Space

Long Beach, CA, USA
Posted on Monday, June 3, 2024

Company Overview:

At Relativity Space, we have two audacious goals: to build the next great commercial launch company with Terran R and to become America's leading force in additive manufacturing innovation. Both contribute to our long-term vision of creating humanity’s industrial base on Mars, paving the way for interplanetary life to expand the possibilities of the human experience. This journey begins right here on Earth – where we design, build, and fly rockets to deliver customer payloads to orbit. Terran R, our medium-to-heavy lift reusable rocket, fulfills the growing demand for launch capacity, thanks to our iterative approach that accelerates design, testing, and development while minimizing costs. While our groundbreaking research and development in 3D printing pushes the boundaries of large-scale additive manufacturing.

Your journey with us is more than just a job – it’s an opportunity to shape the future of aerospace technology, additive manufacturing, and the human experience alongside a community of passionate, creative individuals. Join us on this extraordinary journey, as we work together to transform our vision into reality.

About the Team:

The Manufacturing team at Relativity Space is currently deep in manufacturing trades and process development for Terran R, our next generation, re-useable rocket. This team has a wide variety of responsibilities—from determining the most efficient factory floor layout, to developing and implementing complex tooling and processes, and even interfacing with the vehicle engineering team to heavily influence the design of the rocket. Unique to Relativity, you will get to work across many teams to iterate and support Relativity's first-of-its-kind 3D printing software and robotics technology. The Propulsion Manufacturing team is responsible for manufacturing, developing, and testing components and integrating them to our Aeon-R engines.

About the Role:

We are looking for a talented Propulsion Manufacturing Engineer who will contribute to the development of Aeon-R Thrust Chamber Assembly hardware and manufacturing processes for the Terran-R vehicle. A high degree of autonomy, accountability, and initiative is required. As a Propulsion Manufacturing Engineer, you will own the manufacturing trades and then develop the processes for fabricating, testing, and delivering critical Aeon-R hardware and subassemblies. With a focus on manufacturability and integration, you will serve as the primary point of contact between the manufacturing and design teams as we develop and optimize Aeon-R hardware, ensuring that as-built hardware meets all aspects of the intended design. You will project-manage a wide variety of hardware in varying states of their manufacturing lifecycle, as well as develop processes and procedures for post-processing printed parts and recommend design adaptations to improve reliability and throughput. You have the passion, tenacity, and resolve to work through challenging issues unique to 3D printed and machined components.

About You:

  • Bachelor's Degree in engineering or related technical field
  • 5+ years of direct experience working with thrust chamber assemblies or related hardware
  • Manufacturing Process Experience: Welding, Sheet Forming, Machining, Additive
  • Project Management: Leadership, Scheduling, Organization, Risk Management, & Communication
  • Strong hands-on acumen with hardware
  • Ability to effectively investigate, resolve and screen hardware non-conformances
  • Ability to drive failure investigation efforts, root cause analysis and implementation of corrective action(s)
  • Ability to work with and train technicians
  • Knowledge of general assembly and test procedures, including tolerance stack-up analysis, structural proof testing and pressurized leak checks
  • Experience with GD&T (ASME Y14.5) and industry specifications
  • Experience with Siemens NX or other CAD and analysis tools
  • Experience with Tooling design, including conceptualization, modeling and drafting, and detailed analysis
  • Experience with Vendor / Supplier Management

Nice to haves but not required:

  • Familiarity with castings and forging process technologies, as well as DFM related to these processes
  • Experience with weld engineering, including joint design, process qualification, and NDE
  • Experience working in a fast-paced, startup, high-mix manufacturing environment
  • Demonstrated track record of delivering results leading complex manufacturing development projects from conceptual development through qualification / early production

Relativity Space offers competitive salary and equity, a generous vacation policy, an annual L&D stipend and more!

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

The below-range represents Relativity Space’s current good-faith pay scale for this role. Relativity Space reserves the right to modify or update this range at any time.

Compensation is only one part of our entire total rewards package. To see some of the benefits & perks we offer, please visit here:
Hiring Range:
$130,000$166,000 USD