- Bachelor of Science
- Bachelor's degree
- Laboratory experience
Benchmark Space Systems, a leader in small satellite propulsion systems and in-space mobility services, is seeking a Propulsion Development Engineer to help us define the new space ecosystem. Applicants should be comfortable working on a small team supporting multiple fast-paced projects. As part of the Engineering Department, this candidate would work closely with program management, mechanical design, electrical and systems engineers throughout the full product life cycle to deliver customized propellent tanks. This job posting is for our Burlington, VT or Pleasanton, CA facilities, however we may consider remote work for highly qualified candidates that are willing to travel ~25% time.
This position will hold full responsibility for liquid propellent tank development including defining requirements, mechanical design, analysis, and testing. In this role you would be the subject matter expert of all pressure vessels developed for active commercial contracts. You may also occasionally work with the Technology Department on R&D to develop new capabilities. This candidate would also work closely with external suppliers and the Benchmark procurement and management teams to ensure program success.
Act as propellent tank responsible engineer on multiple programs/projects.
Work under the direction of Team Leads, Program Management, and the Chief Engineer to develop pressure vessels for new customer configurations.
Fully plan and execute custom component development and acceptance/qualification testing.
Support procurement group by performing initial sourcing, quoting and supplier communications.
Support creation of Plumbing & Instrumentation Diagrams (P&ID) and calculation of pressure budgets and maximum expected operating pressures.
BS degree in Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering or other relevant STEM fields.
Minimum 5 years of professional experience working with propulsion/fluid systems.
Must have demonstrated expertise in liquid propellent tank development.
Experience working with fluoropolymer bladders/diaphragms.
Familiarity with green propellants such as high-test hydrogen peroxide (HTP).
Proficiency with CAD software (SolidWorks, Creo, etc.)
Experience reading and working with P&IDs.
Capable of solving complex problems with little to no supervision.
10+ years of professional experience working with liquid propulsion systems.
Development experience with propellent management devices (PMD).
Experience working with common propulsion/fluid system components including but not limited to valves, regulators, pressure transducers, pumps, and tanks.
Hands on/lab experience with fluid systems.
Experience with lower thrust (1-500 N) in-space propulsion systems.
Basic knowledge of satellite subsystems and operations.
Previous startup or small company experience.