Propulsion Manufacturing Engineer

Company Details

Building Humanity's Multi-Planetary Future.

Company Overview:

Relativity Space is creating the first autonomous rocket factory. Our vision is to build the future of humanity in space – starting with rockets. We have an ambitious mission, and we understand that it takes a village to achieve that.


Relativity is seeking a talented Manufacturing Engineer to join a rapidly growing space startup. This role is on the Propulsion Integration team. We are responsible for manufacturing and testing engine subassemblies and integrating the Aeon-1 and Aeon-R engines. This position will contribute to the scaling and optimization of Aeon-1 assembly and factory testing, as well as the development of Aeon-R hardware and manufacturing processes for the Terran-R vehicle. A high degree of autonomy and initiative is required.

As a Propulsion Manufacturing Engineer, you will own and develop the processes for building, testing, and integrating Aeon-1 primary structural components. You will serve as the main point of contact between the production and engineering teams as we scale our Aeon-1 throughput from development to production quantities over the next year. You will also use this experience to pioneer the development of related subsystems on the Aeon-R engine.

What you’ll do:

In order to be successful in this role, you should be someone who is organized, thrives in the presence of ambiguity, and is able to drive their own projects to completion.

You must have the passion, tenacity, and resolve to work through challenging issues unique to 3D printed and machined components.

Ideally, you are familiar with a fast-paced, aerospace environment, having worked hands-on with hardware while collaborating effectively with multidisciplinary groups.

Someone who can work with design engineers to ensure as-built hardware meet all aspects of the intended design, with a focus on manufacturability and integration.

Someone who can develop production processes and procedures for post-processing of 3D printed parts and recommend design adaptations to improve reliability and throughput.

Someone who can collaborate closely with design engineers, machine shops, and vendors to support and streamline the manufacturing of components.

Someone who understands CNC machining and dimensional inspection and can work with stakeholders to minimize processing times of precision-machined hardware.

Someone with experience building strong teams and leading projects, directly and cross-functionally.

What you need to know:

  • Degree in engineering or related technical field and 2+ years of relevant experience
  • Strong communication skills, and ability to write detailed work instructions and process plans
  • Strong hands-on acumen with hardware
  • Ability to effectively investigate, resolve and screen hardware nonconformances
  • Ability to drive failure investigation efforts, root cause analysis, and implementation of corrective action(s)
  • Ability to work with and train technicians
  • Ability to work with vendors to get parts made quickly and reliably
  • Knowledge of machining (5-axis, 3 axis, lathe) and associated precision inspection techniques
  • Knowledge of general assembly and test procedures, including tolerance stack-up analysis, structural proof testing, and pressurized leak checks
  • Knowledge of powder-bed additive manufacturing
  • Knowledge of GD&T

Nice to have but not required:

  • Experience leading a small team
  • Experience in a startup or agile development environment
  • Experience working in a flight development program

Relativity Space offers a competitive salary and equity, a generous vacation policy, an annual L&D stipend, and more!

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.


Tagged as: gd&t, machining, precision inspection, powder-bed additive manufacturing

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