Senior Design Engineer (Propulsion)

Company Details

Blur the line between air and space

The journey to space starts with the engines.

Ursa Major Technologies was founded to bring a new model to space access: one in which every link in an enormous value chain isn’t limited by those around it. We design rocket engines and propulsion solutions.

Ursa Major’s teams moves fast and do a lot with little. We are looking for a skilled, fast learning individual who will support our engine design efforts. This role will be part of the technical organization, responsible for clean sheet designs of a variety of propulsion hardware ranging from combustors to actuators. Candidates will be expected to have ownership from the initial concept phase to a production-ready design and may need to support multiple engine programs simultaneously.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Clean sheet design of various engine components including gimbals, actuators, pumps and combustors
  • Design modifications of existing components and prototypes to increase performance, improve manufacturability or resolve limitations
  • Collaborate with team members to write, review, and update work instructions for the assembly of engine components as well as establish appropriate acceptance and qualification tests
  • Assembly and testing of first article prototypes


  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering
  • 5+ years of relevant mechanical design experience
  • Demonstrated proficiency with computer aided design and drafting
  • Experience with geometric dimensioning and tolerancing per ASME Y14.5
  • Working knowledge of and hands-on experience with fluid, mechanical, and electrical systems
  • Strong understanding of industry standards and requirements
  • Desire to take ownership and help wherever needed on the team

Desired Experience

  • Design for metal additive manufacturing processes
  • Liquid propellant rocket engine design, test, or analysis
  • Familiarity with oxygen-rich staged combustion engine cycle
  • Experience with structural and thermal analysis using Ansys FEA software
  • 3+ years of PTC Creo or Siemens NX CAD programs and Windchill PLM software

Benefits Include

  • Unlimited PTO – Vacation, Sick, Personal, and Bereavement
  • Paid maternity/paternity/adoptive leave
  • Medical, dental and vision insurance; STD; Life and AD&D
  • Retirement Savings Plan – Traditional 401(k) and a Roth 401(k)
  • Company stock options

Tagged as: mechanical design, engines, engine components, article prototypes, aided design and drafting

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