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Engines Test Manufacturing Engineer - BE-7



van horn, tx, usa
Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 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!

Location: Van Horn, TX

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 Test Manufacturing Engineers, you will prepare engine test hardware for various spaceflight systems. You will share in the team’s impact on all aspects of engine testing, from designing manufacturing equipment to supporting engine install and test. You will work with internal suppliers and manufacturing partners to translate engineering intent, testing requirements, drawings, and configurations into fully functional hardware on time and on budget. You will create work instructions and plans that define the build, install, and maintenance of engine hardware, and will also develop material handling and storage processes. Throughout the manufacturing process, you will also identify, develop, and deploy methods to improve quality, reduce cost, and optimize build sequence and schedules. As an integral member of the team, you will conduct DFMA and PFMEA studies to strengthen the feedback loop between design, build, and test and accelerate the pace of rocket engine development. As a member of small and agile engine test team, your successful contributions in this role will directly support the development, qualification, and flight of Blue Origin’s world-class rocket engines.

We offer competitive compensation and benefits packages, as well as housing allowance in Van Horn, TX. Additionally, we provide an opportunity to work on a rotation schedule - 8 days on, 6 days off.


  • Develop work instructions to clearly define the following manufacturing processes: hardware inspections, assembly & disassembly, maintenance, and test.

  • Define and support hardware repair and rework activities.

  • Apply engineering fundamentals and manufacturing knowledge to troubleshoot operational and build issues.

  • Manage hardware configuration and maintain pedigree throughout the entire build and test process.

  • Perform engineering drawing review and provide feedback for manufacturing and design.

  • Review, evaluate, and disposition non-conformances.

  • Perform root cause analysis when non-conformances and escapes are identified and deploy corrective actions.

  • Interface with external suppliers and manufacturing partners to ensure that hardware and equipment is manufactured, processed, packaged, and delivered properly, on time, and on budget.

  • Closely manage cost, quality, and schedule of hardware throughout the entire build and test process.

  • Develop and implement process control and review measures.

  • Design, procure, install, and integrate custom manufacturing equipment.

  • Champion tooling, ergonomics, safety, and quality, and continuous improvement affiliated with the build and test process.

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!


  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical, Manufacturing, or Aerospace Engineering (other relevant fields may apply) from an accredited university

  • At least 1 year applicable work experience for level 1

  • At least 5+ years applicable work experience for level 2

  • Solid understanding of engineering fundamentals for mechanical design and manufacturing

  • Hands on experience in hardware manufacturing (i.e. cleaning, non-destructive testing methods, tight tolerance assembly, leak testing, final acceptance testing of integrated hardware, and Manufacturing Execution Systems/Software)

  • Proven experience and successful track record of completing testing/manufacturing projects

  • Strong written, personal, technical, and software skills (CAD, Scheduling, Issue Tracking, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc)

  • Ability to communicate clearly and appropriately at all levels of the organization

  • Ability to earn trust, maintain positive and professional relationships, and contribute to a culture of inclusion

  • 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.

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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