Mechanical Engineer

| New Orleans, LA
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Company Overview:

Our mission is to change people’s conception of the way rockets are built and flown. Learn more here!

Team:

Relativity seeks a highly talented Mechanical Engineer (formal title will be "Propulsion Test Engineer") to join a rapidly growing space startup. This position will help build the core of our propulsion capability via the development and operation of a world-class test facility for components, engines, and integrated launch vehicle stages at Relativity’s Stennis, MS location. A high degree of autonomy and leadership is required. The Propulsion Test Engineer may focus on design, operations, or both.

The Stennis team at Relativity Space is responsible for designing, building, and operating world-class test stands to support the Terran 1 stages, engines, and propulsion components. As part of this team, you will help build and operate massive outdoor test stands at the historic Stennis Space Center on the Gulf Coast, the largest rocket engine test complex in the country. Unique to this location, you will have the opportunity to get hands-on the fully integrated engine and stage assemblies, push the hardware to the limits, and witness rocket engines firing up close and personal! This team is critical to the launch success of Terran 1, among many other firsts!

What you’ll do:

 [Design focus]

  • Design advanced propulsion test stands, including 3D modeling, fluids and structural analysis, fabrication drawings, fluids P&IDs, and instrumentation lists.
  • Supervise the construction, commissioning, and initial operations of these facilities.
  • Solve a wide range of technical challenges, across broad ranges of timeframe, complexity, cost, and long-term impact.
  • Support operations on and perform related improvements to existing test stands.
  • Potentially travel to production, test, and launch locations.

[Operations focus]

  • Create, modify, and optimize test sequences, procedures, and data review processes.
  • Lead testing operations under high intensity conditions, with attention to detail, to achieve test objectives.
  • Directly control and receive telemetry from the test stand and test articles through GUIs and an integrated software suite for control, automation, and data visualization.
  • Help develop new propulsion designs based on real test data.
  • Potentially travel to and from production, test, and launch locations.

What you need to know:

In order to be successful in this role, you should be someone who thrives in ambiguity and is able to amplify a growing technical and test operations focused team with a track record of success. Ideally, you are someone who has come from a fast paced, highly technical environment, having completed difficult projects while collaborating effectively with other key groups, particularly from a remote site.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, or a related field.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced and intense startup environment.
  • Experience with 3D Computer-Aided Design (CAD).
  • Ability to develop and review complex fluid P&IDs.
  • Basic knowledge of common fluid & structural components and instrumentation, such as valves, regulators, hydraulic actuators, pressure transducers, thermocouples, flow meters, accelerometers, strain gauges, load cells.
  • Ownership of projects from beginning to end, with minimal oversight.
  • Hands-on experience, particularly with common power tools, air tools, metalworking, welding, plumbing, hydraulics, manufacturing equipment, etc.

Nice to haves but not required:

[Design Focus]

  • Ownership of a propulsion or structural test related project including design, analysis, construction, and commissioning.
  • Experience designing, fabricating, and operating complex fluid systems.
  • Proficiency in 3D modeling and drafting, including GD&T.
  • Experience with FEA or CFD.
  • Knowledge of manufacturing processes, material selection, inspection, precision measurement, and non-destructive testing.
  • Demonstrated safe use of machine tools such as a mill or lathe.
  • Experience operating or working near mobile equipment such as forklifts and cranes.
  • Experience leading a diverse team of engineers and technicians.

[Operations Focus]

  • Experience safely operating complex fluid systems, including high pressure gas, cryogenic fluids, flammables, and hydraulics.
  • Familiarity with rocket engine injectors, chambers, nozzles, valves, pumps, and other components.
  • Familiarity with data/control systems, specifically programmable logic controllers, data acquisition hardware, and control software.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to safely and efficiently conduct fast-paced hazardous operations on a small ops team
  • Ability to observe anomalous conditions in real-time, investigate, and quickly resolve to enable a rapid testing pace.
  • Experience leading a diverse team of engineers and technicians.

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.

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

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An Insider's view of Relativity Space

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Our office is very interesting--from the large and colorful art pieces on the walls to the large (and small) rocket parts all over. We also have screens all over that are casting live streams of our testing and manufacturing floor. You just feel like you are seeing the future of manufacturing unfold right before your eyes.

Nat

Lead Recruiter

What is your vision for the company?

We are creating an entirely re-imagined process to iterate and scale rockets quickly, eventually helping to build the future of humanity in space.

Tim

CEO and Co-Founder

What are some things you learned at the company?

I've never been at a company before that has so valued recruiting and the candidate experience in all stages of the interview process, from initial contact to even past onboarding. Everyone here respects each others' time and takes hiring very seriously. We have a high bar, but that means we've also cultivated a very talented team!

Samantha

Talent Operations Coordinator

What are Relativity Space Perks + Benefits

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Open door policy
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
We provide 5 tiers of coverage through Anthem--2 of which are almost completely free for employees.
Life Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Relativity Space provides equity to all full time employees, vesting over a 4 year period.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Relativity Space offers 20 days of PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Relativity Space has quarterly off sites reviews, monthly celebration dinners, and regular social events
Stocked Kitchen
A wide variety of snacks are provided
Some Meals Provided
Weekly lunches for lunch and learn, all hands, and new hire lunches are provided
Happy Hours
Bi-weekly happy hours/socials
Parking
Pet Friendly
Relocation Assistance
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Annual learning and development stipend of up to $2,000.
Lunch and learns
Every other week, we host a lunch and learn to get learn about the exciting work other teams are doing!
Paid industry certifications
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