Sr. Propulsion Components Engineer
Turning Space into a Transportation Layer for Earth
Who We Are:
Inversion was founded in 2021 with the mission to build the first affordable, high cadence return capability for the commercial and defense space industries. With launching to space becoming cheap and frequent, comparable options for return must become available to allow for a robust economy in space. We believe in a future where returning from space is as common as launching to space. Inversion is building reentry vehicles faster and cheaper than ever before through a focus on simplicity.
This next-generation class of space vehicle will finally be able to provide high-frequency return of research, goods, supplies, and equipment that is critical for all future commercial activities and supply chains in space. With launch costs at an all-time low and dropping, now is the time to build these round-trip capabilities. Inversion has ambitious goals with strong financial backing to make this a reality.
What You’ll Do:
As Inversion’s Propulsion Components Engineer, you will be responsible for the full lifecycle of components of our bipropellant propulsion feed systems onboard our reentry vehicles. You will own a substantial aspect of the design, testing, and flight integration of the feed system components for our first reentry vehicle, Ray. Additionally, you will be responsible for parts of the architecture of our next-generation reentry vehicle, Arc’s, onboard propulsion and thermal management system. The design, creation of Inversion best-practices, and components teams will be built from the ground up how you want to see them. You'll not only help carry our vehicles over the finish line but also get your hands dirty in the actual assembly.
Our propulsion engineers are responsible for the complete lifecycle of the components and feed systems they create including design, development, analysis, testing, integration, and documentation.
- Develop designs for fluid components including valves, regulators, manifolds, sensors, and propellant conditioning systems.
- Develop and build test equipment for validating fluid component and system performance.
- Lead design reviews, run analysis, and execute tests on a wide breadth of fluid components.
- Lead internal and external fabrication and builds of fluid system hardware for both GSE and flight systems.
- Create Inversion best-practices and standards for propulsion system and component design moving forward.
- Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or a related field.
- 6+ years of experience designing, building, and operating aerospace fluid systems.
- 3+ years of professional experience designing aerospace fluid components (valves, pressure regulators, etc.)
- Experience conducting high-pressure and hazardous testing operations.
- Demonstrated experience writing and executing procedures for complex hardware operations.
- Proficiency in Design for Manufacturing (DFM) and Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing (GD&T)
- Demonstrated proficiency in fluid and mechanical first principles.
- Professional experience with NX and ANSYS Mechanical.
- Experience with testing common spacecraft propulsion components and sensors (thermocouples, resistance temperature detectors (RTDs), pressure transducers, etc.)
- Experience making systems to comply with aerospace standards for environmental testing.
- Strong understanding of complex and dual-phase fluids and compressible flows.
- To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here.
- Required to work onsite at our office headquarters in Torrance, CA.
- Position may require extended work hours and weekend work.
- Position may require standing, bending, and working directly with hardware on the floor for extended periods of time.
The California annual base salary for this role is currently $110,000-180,000. Pay Grades are determined by role, level, location, and alignment with market data. Individual pay will be determined on a case-by-case basis and may vary based on the following considerations: interviews and an assessment of several factors that are unique to each candidate, job-related skills, relevant education and experience, certifications, abilities of the candidate and internal equity.