Satellite Propulsion Engineer

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Delivering hardware to space. Positioning satellites on orbit.

We are looking for an exceptional Propulsion Engineer with a practical, can-do attitude to join our Christchurch in-space propulsion team. You will be part of a team designing world-leading green propulsion systems.

In this role, you will be responsible for the design and testing (including test setups) of propulsion systems and all associated components. You will help develop our simulation techniques and process to achieve high quality and performance designs in less time. You will see your work go from initial design, all the way to space. You will directly contribute to the successful development of new technologies, enabling the next generation of sustainable spacecraft propulsion.

Dawn’s satellite propulsion business is forecast to more than double during 2022. Based on current units in space and in production, we’re fast on track to become the number one supplier of green-chemical propulsion systems globally.

We move fast, provide exceptional customer experiences, deliver what we say we will, and love to change industry norms. Join us.


  • Design, analysis, manufacture, integration and testing of propulsion system componentry
  • Support mechanical, electrical, and fluid integration of propulsion subsystems including liquid rocket engines, propellant tanks, and ancillary systems
  • Develop and execute test procedures for verification and validation of systems and components, including qualification and acceptance testing
  • System sizing, component selection and vendor management
  • Support the commercial and management team in sizing, planning, scheduling and budgeting of spacecraft propulsion projects


  • Prior experience in design, development and testing of chemical propulsion systems
  • Computer-aided design, preferably Solidworks
  • Finite element modelling and optimisation with tools such as ANSYS or Abaqus
  • Demonstrated experience with MATLab or Python
  • Project/program management experience
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively and appropriately balance performance, resource use, risk, cost, and schedule
  • The ability to take a flexible approach and to adapt to change quickly and positively
  • Exceptional and proactive communication skills
  • A degree in aerospace, mechanical, or systems engineering (or similar)

Desired experience

  • Computational fluid dynamics with tools such as ANSYS CFX/ Fluent
  • Test automation experience using LabView
  • Manufacturing and production experience
  • Experience and familiarity with space systems qualification testing such as vibration, shock and thermal vacuum testing

Tagged as: Matlab, python, ansys, abaqus

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