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Propulsion Engineer - Senior, Turbomachinery



Seattle, WA, USA
Posted on Sunday, June 9, 2024

At Blue Origin, we envision millions of people living and working in space for the benefit of Earth. We’re working to develop reusable, safe, and low-cost space vehicles and systems within a culture of safety, collaboration, and inclusion. Join our diverse team of problem solvers as we add new chapters to the history of spaceflight!

Engines: This role is part of the Blue Origin Engines business unit, where our focus is the design, development, manufacturing, and testing of engines and propulsion systems. Built for multiple uses, our family of engines is powering the next generation of rockets for commercial, civil, national security, and human spaceflight.

As part of a hardworking team of diverse specialists, technicians, and engineers, you will be responsible for the hands-on design, development and testing of turbomachinery for various spaceflight systems. You will share in the team’s impact on all aspects of turbomachinery and rocket engine development and operation. This includes the opportunity to own turbomachinery hardware throughout the entire product lifecycle, taking a quick and efficient approach to designing and refining our turbomachinery systems to improve capability and reliability for our launch vehicles and expanding human access to space.

You will need a proven track record of delivery, a solid understanding of mechanical design fundamentals, self-motivation, and a strong desire to design, build, test and learn about rocket engine turbopump components on a fast paced and growing team. Are you up to the challenge? We are looking for someone to apply their leadership, technical knowledge, and commitment to quality to positively impact safe human spaceflight. Passion for our mission is required!

Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum of a B.S. degree in mechanical or aerospace engineering

  • 8+ years proven track record of turbomachinery component design, development and/or test support

  • Strong knowledge of hardware fabrication and quality control

  • Proficiency in data analysis and post-processing to assess component health

  • Fundamental knowledge of turbomachinery component design and manufacturing

  • Solid understanding of mechanical design principles, including proficiency in GD&T

  • 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.

Preferred Qualifications

  • M.S. or Ph.D. degree in mechanical or aerospace engineering

  • Experience with quality management systems supporting aerospace and propulsion-related hardware

  • Experience transitioning products from development to production

  • Experience with product production, qualification testing and flight operations

  • Ability to effectively lead multi-functional teams

  • Experience with turbomachinery specific to rocket engine applications

  • Experience with cryogenic fluids and oxygen compatibility

  • Hands on experience supporting a manufacturing shop floor, assembly area, or test facility

  • Demonstrated leadership of anomaly investigations and/or root cause investigations

  • Fundamental understanding of rocket turbopump architecture and fluid dynamics

Compensation range for on site WA applicants is $136,467-$191,053

Other site ranges may differ

Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the requisition is closed.

Inclusivity Statement

Don’t meet all desired requirements? 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 desired 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 Regulations

Applicants 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 U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum.


Benefits include: Medical, dental, vision, basic and supplemental life insurance, paid parental leave, short and long-term disability, 401(k) with a company match of up to 5%, and an Education Support Program.

Paid Time Off: Up to four (4) weeks per year based on weekly scheduled hours, and up to 14 company-paid holidays.

Discretionary bonus: Bonuses are designed to reward individual contributions as well as allow employees to share in company results.

Eligibility for benefits varies by role type, please check with your recruiter for a comprehensive list of the benefits available for this role.

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, including the Washington Fair Chance Act, the California Fair Chance Act, the Los Angeles Fair Chance in Hiring Ordinance, and other applicable laws. For more information on “EEO Is the Law,” please see here.

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