Propulsion Design Engineer 3

Company Details

ULA is harnessing the potential of space for humanity. We are dreamers inspired by possibilities not yet imagined, believers driven to broaden horizons, and doers combining technology, innovation, expertise, ingenuity and a commitment to the extraordinary.

At ULA, success comes through the efforts of a strong, united team.

Thanks for your interest in United Launch Alliance, the world’s most experienced and reliable space launch company!

Successfully launching more than 130 consecutive missions doesn’t just happen. It’s credit to the commitment of our 2,500 team members and the systems and processes we use to pull them together.

As a ULA employee, you’ll have the opportunity to grow in your career while working in a team-oriented culture that combines technology, innovation, ingenuity and a commitment to the extraordinary.

Together, our unshakable unity yields stronger solutions and better results as we carry out our mission to save lives, explore the universe, and connect the world.

Our team is excited to meet you!

Your Role: What you’ll be doing

  • This engineering function provides engineering design, systems integration, subcontract management, project management, product technical support and anomaly resolution for the Propulsion fluids systems (cryogenic, non-cryogenic, hydraulics and pneumatics) design.
  • This function develops sub-system and component designs and requirements to satisfy overall propulsion systems requirements.
  • The position requires mechanical design capability as well as understanding dynamic, structural and fluids analysis concepts.  Must have the capability to perform system integration and perform system level trade studies to optimize designs for manufacturing, produce-ability and performance.
  • Some elements of the rocket propulsion system are produced by contracted suppliers (e.g. valves, engines, feed lines, umbilical disconnects).  In these cases, the RS3 engineer often works with these suppliers of propulsion hardware in their development and manufacture.
  • When anomalies occur, provides causal analysis that leads to effective resolution and corrective actions that prevent recurrence.
  • Review the as-built product (hardware and associated software) and product test data to certify that the final product configuration and performance meets requirements and is ready for test and/or flight.
  • Develops design improvements that reduce cost and risk and/or improve vehicle performance.

Your Background: What education and experience you’ll need

Requires a bachelor’s degree and 4 – 8 years of experience.

Your Background: What skills you’ll need

  • Bachelor’s Degree in engineering, physics, mathematics, computer science, chemistry, material science, or other scientific/technical discipline associated with and necessary for the job assignment from an accredited university.
  • Familiarity with fluids and thermodynamics design and analysis.
  • Familiarity with structural design and dynamics analysis.
  • Seasoned professional contributor with prior responsibility for an advanced area of work.
  • Work experience on projects in which integration between different engineering disciplines occurred (e.g. structural, electrical, test, analysis).
  • Experience in serving in a lead role where general guidance and training of less experienced professional and/or support personnel was needed.
  • Identifies key barriers/core problems and applies problem solving skills in order to deal creatively with complex situations.
  • Troubleshoots and resolves complex problems.

Relocation Available


About ULA: What makes us different

Because we understand launch success comes through the collective efforts of a team, we seek the best to join us. We value ethics, ingenuity, diversity and professional development for employees at all levels.

We offer our employees competitive pay and benefits including:

  • 401(k) match plus an additional employer contribution
  • Bonus potential
  • Generous paid time off
  • Flexible work environments

Additionally, most salaried ULA team members work a “9/80 schedule,” meaning they enjoy every other Friday off.

Benefits and work schedules may vary for union-represented hourly positions and are described in the applicable collective bargaining agreement.

Security Clearance / International Traffic In Arms Regulations (ITAR). This position requires use of information which is subject to the International Traffic In Arms Regulations (ITAR). Therefore, all applicants must be U.S. Persons as defined in ITAR 120.15 (e.g., U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident (Green Card holder) or protected individual. Also see 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(20) and 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3) for additional information).

ULA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other categories protected by law.

ULA is a participant in the federal E-Verify Program. Posters in PDF format pertaining to this program can be accessed by clicking on the links identified below. E-Verify Participation poster (English | Spanish ) and Right to Work poster ( English | Spanish ).

Interested in growing in your career with ULA?

Apply today. We look forward to learning more about you!

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