Materials and Processes Engineer

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Payload Aerospace, S.L (PLD Space) - Boosting the small satellite industry. e develop launch technologies to provide commercial orbital and suborbital access services , dedicated to small payloads and small satellites.


Define, check, and improve internal normative, procedures and datasets regarding materials and related processes.



  • Definition of internal normative and procedures regarding materials and processes (e.g. surface treatments, coatings…), as well as the improvement of the existing ones.
  • Definition of quality requirements, and critical control points in the execution of processes.
  • Management of internal datasets regarding material and processes.
  • Test campaign definition and execution for materials characterization.
  • Test campaign definition and execution for processes characterization and assessment.
  • Support the Design, Manufacturing and Quality teams regarding M&P tasks.
  • Research state of the art in materials and processes, identify opportunities and propose creative approaches to complex problems.
  • Occasionally travel to other PLD Space plants or supplier locations.

Required competences

  • Materials, Aerospace or Mechanical Engineer.
  • Fluency in English is mandatory.
  • +5 years’ experience in similar position.
  • Knowledge of base materials and usual manufacturing processes for both metallic and composite materials.
  • Mechanical characterization of materials.
  • QA & QC of processes associated to materials and manufacturing processes.
  • Used to work with standards (ECSS, ISO, EN, ASTM, MIL…).
  • Used to work under pressure without neglecting safety and quality.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, along with excellent written and oral communication skills.

Valued competences

  • Knowledge on specific space sector, space vehicles and launchers, metallic pressure vessels, COPV and payload structures is high desirable.
  • Knowledge of aluminium alloys particularities as well as their thermal and mechanical treatments.
  • Knowledge of welding processes and standards/codes (AWS, BPVC, ISO/IIW, ECSS…) is high desirable.
  • Experience with some or all the following: corrosion, CUI, chemical and mechanical cleaning, etching, conversion coatings, anodizing, painting.
  • Knowledge of usual processes involved in composite manufacturing.
  • Knowledge of NDE/NDI/NDT methods.
  • Basic knowledge of CAD and FEA shall be welcomed.
  • Programming experience (Matlab/Octave, Python…) is desirable.


  • Experience developing and conducting test plans for materials characterization.
  • Experience developing reports to analyse test results from test execution.
  • Experience building M&P datasets and documents (e.g. written procedures).
  • QA & QC of processes associated to materials and manufacturing processes.
  • Experience in laboratory work.
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