Propulsion Technician – Space Plane

Company Details

Dawn Aerospace was founded to redefine near-space transportation. Redefine how we deliver assets to space, position satellites on orbit, and return things down to Earth to enable the vibrant and circular space economy of the future. To do this, we build scalable, accessible, and sustainable spaceflight technologies – technologies that are sustainable for not just the foreseeable future, but the unforeseeable future.

Description

Dawn Aerospace is recruiting a propulsion technician to join our spaceplane development team in Christchurch, New Zealand. This is a fantastic opportunity to contribute to an exciting, fast-growing company in the aerospace industry and develop world-leading technology. In this role you will primarily be responsible for sourcing and manufacturing components for the main propulsion system of the Mk-II spaceplane.

Your experience and good engineering judgement will be valuable contributors to design discussions and trade-offs. Your knowledge in sourcing and manufacturing will be of great value in bringing Dawn’s young and dynamic propulsion team to the next level. You’ll get the unique opportunity to work on both suborbital and orbital vehicles.

What you will do:

  • Manufacture, integrate and test of propulsion system componentry.
  • Rapidly trouble shoot issues found during manufacturing to come to a timely solution.
  • Read and interpret technical drawings, and follow detailed work instructions
  • Source time critical components and make sure that they are delivered on-time.
  • Lead the technical communication to suppliers for production activities.
  • Support mechanical integration of propulsion subsystems including liquid rocket engines, propellant tanks, and ancillary systems.
  • Use various mechanical tools without instruction including, but not limited to:
    • Using a Lathe.
    • Tig/Mig welding.
    • 3-axis CNC machine.
  • Supplier liaison for components and parts.

Requirements

What you have is…

  • Experience with Solidworks or similar CAD tool, specifically CAM experience.
  • Knowledge of mechanical systems, fluid systems, fittings, pipes etc.
  • The ability to work independently or as part of a team, meet aggressive schedules.
  • Hands on background with manufacturing and integrating mechanical components.
  • MS Office tools, full proficiency expected.
  • Strong communication skills in both written and spoken English.

It would be great if you also had…

  • Experience with writing assembly manuals.
  • Experience in design for additive manufacturing / 3D printing.
  • Experience with testing of mechanical systems.

About Dawn Aerospace

Dawn Aerospace was founded to redefine near-space transportation. Redefine how we deliver assets to space, position satellites on orbit, and return things down to Earth to enable the vibrant and circular space economy of the future. To do this, we build scalable, accessible, and sustainable spaceflight technologies – technologies that are sustainable for not just the foreseeable future, but the unforeseeable future.

The company has achieved a series of significant milestones in the past 12 months, including launching 27 propulsion units to space from Europe, the USA, and Russia, and completing the successful first flights of the suborbital spaceplane, the Dawn Mk-II Aurora. Dawn was named Hi-Tech Startup Company of the Year (2020) and won the Supreme Award for medium/large business at the Westpac Champion Business Awards 2021.

Current customers include the likes of D-Orbit, the Indonesian Space Agency, and a large number of yet-to-name constellations. 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.

About you

You must have the ability and desire to work in a young company. If you want a smooth and routine role, this is not for you. We believe in giving you the tools you need, then getting out of your way.

Initially, this role will predominantly involve core engineering. In future, there is the opportunity for the right candidate to grow into a programme, product and/or department leadership position.

We are looking for candidates who can take initiative and work with minimal direction.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment with Dawn is decided based on merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any other manner.

Dawn Aerospace is an Accredited Employer with Immigration New Zealand.

Important! If you think you have what it takes but are unsure that you check every box, we still want to hear from you.

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