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Mechanical Design Engineer Mechanisms 4

United Launch Alliance

United Launch Alliance

Denver, CO, USA
Posted on Monday, November 20, 2023

Mechanical Design Engineer Mechanisms 4


Denver, CO

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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

In this role, job responsibilities will include:

  • Lead a team of engineers to develop novel mechanism for the Reuse program.
  • Ensure all designs satisfy overall launch vehicle and sub-system requirements.
  • Able to perform system integration and perform system-level trade studies to optimize designs for manufacturing, producibility, and performance.
  • Able to work test anomalies to identify the root cause that leads to effective resolution and corrective actions.
  • Develops design improvements that reduce cost and risk and/or improves performance and/or reliability

Your Background: What education and experience you'll need

Requires a bachelor’s degree and 6-10 years of experience.

Your Background: What skills you'll need

  • A Bachelor's degree in engineering or related technical field from an accredited college or university is required. 
  • Strong background and experience designing, testing, and qualifying space mechanisms per AIAA S-114, Moving Mechanical Assemblies for Launch and Space Vehicles.
  • Proficient at performing complex, multidimensional tolerance analyses.
  • Rigorous understanding of GD&T application and interpretation per ASME Y14.5.
  • 3D modeling and drawing experience.
  • Previous experience as a mechanism component or subsystem CRE, or equivalent.
  • Previous experience with requirements development, writing, and verification.
  • Extensive experience with mechanical systems.
  • Work experience on projects in which integration between different engineering disciplines and functions (e.g. structural, electrical, test, analysis, production and launch operations).
  • Strong background and experience with aerospace development programs.
  • Strong self-initiative.
  • Attention to detail with the ability to work in a fast-paced development environment.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  •  Able to identify key barriers/core problems and apply problem-solving skills in order to deal creatively with complex situations.
  •  Schedule development and management.
  •  Ability to communicate and present complex, technical information.

Relocation Available


Summary Salary Range (Colorado Only)

$118,021 - $184,421

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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