Test Engineer , Thermal Protection Systems – Space Systems Development
The Space System Development (SSD) Business Unit is Blue Origin’s team dedicated to developing mission architectures, creating, and fostering new technologies into our existing offerings, building our next generation of leaders, and commercializing new platforms, such as our planned commercial space station, Orbital Reef , and other ambitious space programs that fuel Blue Origin’s growth and further its mission. Our work scope is broad and deep, forging the path toward our vision of millions of people living and working in space. We’re shaping our future in space, and we’re looking for dedicated and inspired people to join us!
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 hardworking team of diverse engineers, you will plan and execute tests for various spaceflight Thermal Protection Systems (TPS) for our launch vehicles, in-space systems, planetary landers, and crewed vehicles. You will share in the team’s impact on all aspects of TPS. You will be a hardworking and detail-oriented person who will oversee test activities from their initial conception through data analysis and reporting. You will be part of a small team of TPS test engineers who support the TPS product managers and other engineers. You should be comfortable working in a fast-paced and often uncertain environment, contributing to innovative solutions, while demonstrating personal leadership, technical competence, and attention to detail.
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’s degree with relevant internship experiences or test-focused Master’s Degree.
- Ability to travel to specialized domestic test facilities up to 25% of your time.
- Capable of collaborating as a member of a broad interdisciplinary team across a variety of domains
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Ability to communicate technical information clearly and appropriately to at the executive leadership level and on the shop floor.
- Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team
- Ability to earn trust, maintain positive and professional relationships, and strengthen our 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.
- 5+ years experience in a test-focused role
- Experience with test planning and execution of thermal protection system environmental tests.
- Aerospace/Launch vehicle experience.
- Experience with safety critical systems.
- Experience leading tests using one or more of the following methods:
- High enthalpy arc jet
- Rain erosion
- Mechanical allowable
- Thermal properties
- Hot structure subsystem tests
- Hypervelocity impact
Don’t meet every single requirement? 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 qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.
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Employee Benefits include: Medical, dental, vision, basic and supplemental life insurance, short and long-term disability and 401(k) with up to 5% company match.
Paid Time Off: Provides up to 4 weeks per year, in addition to 14 holidays
Discretionary bonus programs