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PDS Tech Inc Hypergolic Propulsion Engineer in Mojave, California

We are looking for someone who has experience with designing/building a spacecraft hypergolic propulsion system, preferably bi-porop. Ideally, we would like to find someone who has significant experience and can help guide the propulsion team through the nuances of range safety and spacecraft pitfalls.

The scope of the position includes:

  • Providing engineering expertise in the area of design, development, and test of spacecraft hypergolic propulsion systems

  • Working on the XL-1 lunar lander for the 2022 south pole mission. Other projects may include technology development and testing programs in support of the lunar mission

  • Providing mentorship and guidance to less experienced technical team members

Duties & Responsibilities covering one or multiple areas:

  • Fluid Systems

  • Development of fluid component specifications and sourcing of hardware for bi-propelant hypergolic propulsion systems

  • Pressurization & propellant system design

  • Fluid schematics and CAD

  • Fabrication drawings and procedures

  • Component testing procedures

  • Propellant slosh/bladder modeling

  • Priming and water hammer analysis

  • Ground Support Equipment

  • Lander flatsat fluid system design

  • Ground support equipment for lander

  • Responsible for the procurement and fabrication of test stand equipment

  • Develop fabrication procedures and instructions

  • Provide technical guidance to fabricators and other technicians

Required Skills / Experience:

  • Innovative and open to helping create a Cislunar economy - passionate about space

  • Experience with bi-propellant hypergolic propulsion systems for spacecraft

Desired Skills/Experience:

  • Understands what is needed for high-quality spaceflight systems - and also what is not needed

  • Experience with range safety

  • Hypergolic engine in space engine design experience

  • Hypergolic engine vacuum test experience

  • Radiation cooled thrust chamber design and manufacturing

  • Fluid system analysis

  • Experience in the life cycle of spacecraft development: design, build, and test.

  • 6+ years experience in aerospace engineering

  • 3+ years in propulsion design and/or test for spacecraft or rockets

  • Experience with startups or new space companies

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in a technical field

  • Excellent communications skills

  • Strong work ethic and intrinsic motivation

  • Hands-on fabrication experience

  • Must be able to adapt and thrive in a dynamic highly technical environment

  • Will have a large impact on many programs, especially the lunar mission

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, age, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, or other legally protected status.