Senior Principal Design Engineer – Engine Components

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Blue Origin was founded with a vision to enable a future where millions of people are living and working in space to benefit Earth. In order to preserve Earth, Blue Origin believes in the need to enable humanity to expand, explore, find new energy and material resources, and move industries that stress Earth into space. Blue Origin believes it has an important role in building a road to space and lowering the cost of getting there. At Blue Origin, we’re working on this today by developing fully reusable launch vehicles and systems that are safe, reliable and affordable. Every launch vehicle is designed for human spaceflight from the beginning and able to ferry payloads to space.

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.

In this role you will be responsible for leading the design, development, and qualification of rocket engine components to meet program goals.  You will mentor other engineers and help to establish design standards and best practices for engine assembly components across all the Engines Business Unit programs.  You will provide leadership and technical guidance to the design team through phases of the product lifecycle from initial concepts and trade studies, detail design/analysis, as well as development and flight support.  You will serve as Subject Matter Expert during design reviews and failure investigations and provide technical oversight to the design community.

To be successful in this position, you will provide technical oversight on the detail design of heat exchangers, pogo suppression systems, gimbal bearings, and flexible elements including gimbal joint bellows and flex hoses.  Your expertise and guidance will directly affect engine assembly level components across multiple programs.

You will be responsible for the review and release of component detail designs, documentation of analysis, production/manufacturing support, and the integration of the component into the rocket engine assembly. As Senior Principal Engineer within the Engines Business Unit you will also participate in FMECA and develop risk mitigation plans and have demonstrated skills in mechanical design/analysis, working knowledge of aerospace materials, manufacturing processes, as well as engineering release / configuration management. You will also help to mentor early career engineers as well as assist in developing design standards and processes to be used across all engine programs.  Furthermore, you will drive research and development of cutting-edge next generation engine architecture.

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!


  • 20+ years relevant experience in rocket structural and fluid systems
  • Knowledge in the use of FEA analysis tools (ANSYS preferred)
  • Working knowledge of materials and treatments
  • Minimum of B.S. degree in engineering
  • Proficiency in 3D CAD programs (Creo preferred)
  • Knowledge in the use of FEA analysis tools (ANSYS preferred)
  • 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.


  • Detail design of heat exchangers and structure components
  • Detail design of bellows and/or flex hoses and articulating fluid components
  • Detail design of pogo suppression systems
  • Knowledge of Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams (P&ID)
  • Experience designing cryogenic propellant systems and components
  • Knowledge of flexible element manufacturing processes and inspections
  • Working knowledge of fluid components such as valves, regulators, bellows and fittings
  • Management of components through the complete product lifecycle
  • Designing for manufacturing and assembly

ITAR Requirements

To conform to U.S. Government commercial space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), 8 U.S.C. § 1324b(a)(3), applicants for employment at Blue Origin must be a U.S. citizen or national, lawfully admitted for permanent residence into the U.S. (i.e. current green card holder), or lawfully admitted as a refugee or granted asylum under 8 U.S.C. §  1157-1158.   Learn more about the ITAR here.

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. For more information on “EEO Is the Law,” please see here and here.

Affirmative Action and Disability Accommodation

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