Propulsion Systems Engineer

  • SSL
  • California, USA
  • Aug 13, 2019
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  • Applies knowledge and experience of engineering concepts to solve and find propulsion systems solutions
  • Design of bipropellant, monopropellant, cold gas, and electric satellite propulsion systems
  • Perform subsystem analyses including the optimization of propellant loading, plume analyses, thruster alignments, and on-orbit performance assessment
  • Responsible for propulsion hardware performance specification including propellant/pressurant tank sizing, thruster selection and configuration, and performance characteristics, redundancy and fault management.
  • Work with power, thermal, bus electronics engineers to ensure subsystem architecture meets operational requirements
  • Define and capture subsystem test requirements and flowdown to unit level
  • Support qualification and testing of propulsion systems
  • Experience with propulsion system operations - orbit raising, in-orbit testing, on-orbit operations or anomaly recoveries - a plus
  • Experience in satellite refueling systems - a plus
  • Demonstrated team player and project management skills 

Minimum Skills and Years of Experience Required to Perform the Above: 

  • Courses/experience in electric propulsion systems, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, thermodynamics, physics
  • Minimum of five years of systems engineering related working experience.
  • With MS or PhD minimum of three to five years-related working experience required.   

Minimum Education or Equivalency:

  • BS degree in Engineering, Physics, or related field.  MS or higher preferred.

Experience level of the applicant we want

Some work experience, Graduate