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Propulsion Design Engineer 3

United Launch Alliance

United Launch Alliance

Decatur, AL, USA
Posted on Sunday, September 10, 2023

Propulsion Design Engineer 3


Decatur, AL

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At ULA, success comes through the efforts of a strong, united team.

Thanks for your interest in United Launch Alliance, the world’s most experienced and reliable space launch company!

Successfully launching more than 150 consecutive missions doesn’t just happen. It’s credit to the commitment of our 2,500 team members and the systems and processes we use to pull them together.

As a ULA employee, you’ll have the opportunity to grow in your career while working in a team-oriented culture that combines technology, innovation, ingenuity and a commitment to the extraordinary.

Together, our unshakable unity yields stronger solutions and better results as we carry out our mission to save lives, explore the universe, and connect the world.

Our team is excited to meet you!

Your Role: What you'll be doing

This position is located at the ULA rocket manufacturing, final assembly, and test facility in Decatur Alabama. This position will primarily interface remotely with the ULA Denver Engineering team, in addition to the local ULA Production and Launch Site teams.

  • Major responsibilities will include:
    • Generation of engineering drawings or changes including assembly and testing requirements
    • Interfacing with component supplier engineering teams for the design, integration, and testing of component
    • Causal analysis of anomalies that provides effective resolution and mitigations for future issues
    • Review the as-built product (hardware and associated software) and product test data to certify that the final product configuration and performance meet requirements and are ready for test and/or flight.
    • Develop design improvements that reduce cost and risk and/or improve vehicle performance.
    • Perform system integration and perform system-level trade studies to optimize designs for manufacturing, reproducibility, and performance
    • Integration between the ULA production and engineering team to resolve technical anomalies and improve manufacturing
  • This engineering function will have opportunities for travel to support supplier or ULA operations at other sites for product evaluation anomaly resolution, and to develop strong relationships outside and within ULA.
    • Travel times and frequency may vary based on need, but on average travel will be 2-4 trips annually with the duration of travel being less than (1) work week per trip.

Your Background: What education and experience you'll need

Requires a bachelor’s degree and 4 - 8 years of experience.

Your Background: What skills you'll need

  • A bachelors degree in engineering or related technical field from an accredited college or university is required.
  • Experience in technical leadership with a small to medium-sized team (4-10 individuals) which demonstrated successful collaboration
  • The ability to be a force multiplier through the effective teaching and mentoring of others
  • Demonstrated proficiency with propulsion and structural design with Siemens NX and Teamcenter or similar CAD tools (e.g. Solidworks)
  • Manufacturing and machining (including GD&T) experience

Relocation Available


Summary Salary Range (Colorado Only)

$100,776 - $157,435

Please note that the salary information shown above is a general guideline only. Salaries are based upon a candidate’s experience and qualifications, as well as internal equity, market and business considerations. Employees may be eligible for a discretionary annual bonus in addition to base pay.

About ULA: What makes us different

Because we understand launch success comes through the collective efforts of a team, we seek the best to join us. We value ethics, ingenuity, diversity and professional development for employees at all levels.

We offer our employees competitive pay and benefits including:

  • 401(k) match plus an additional employer contribution
  • Discretionary annual incentive bonus for eligible employees.
  • Generous paid time off
  • Flexible work environments
Additionally, most salaried ULA team members work a “9/80 schedule,” meaning they enjoy every other Friday off.

Benefits and work schedules may vary for union-represented hourly positions and are described in the applicable collective bargaining agreement.

Security Clearance / International Traffic In Arms Regulations (ITAR). This position requires use of information which is subject to the International Traffic In Arms Regulations (ITAR). Therefore, all applicants must be U.S. Persons as defined in ITAR 120.15 (e.g., U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident (Green Card holder) or protected individual. Also see 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(20) and 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3) for additional information).

ULA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other categories protected by law.

ULA is a participant in the federal E-Verify Program. Posters in PDF format pertaining to this program can be accessed by clicking on the links identified below. E-Verify Participation poster (English | Spanish ) and Right to Work poster ( English | Spanish ).

Interested in growing in your career with ULA?

Apply today. We look forward to learning more about you!

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