Propulsion Build Engineer

Los Angeles, California /
Engineering – Hardware Engineering /
ABL Space Systems was founded in 2017 by veterans of SpaceX and Morgan Stanley to develop low-cost launch vehicles for the small satellite industry. More importantly, we’re building a launch system we are truly proud of – no gimmicks or over-design, just reliable, rapidly deployable launches. We’re an ambitious team with big goals and, together, we’re determined to prove that reaching space can be simple, efficient, and routine.  

When launch day arrives, we want you by our side

As a Propulsion Build Engineer at ABL, you turn conceptual ideas into robust rocket parts that will fly to space through robust and streamlined manufacturing processes. You will be integrated with the ABL product development team, and collaborate with internal and external manufacturing and test teams to develop and build complex spaceflight propulsion systems and devices.


    • Turn CAD designs into physical, reliable, launchable spaceflight hardware
    • Develop and implement repeatable and efficient forming, machining, and welding processes
    • Advise design and analysis engineers on designing for manufacturability for prototyping and production
    • Design and develop tooling, fixtures, jigs, and test equipment
    • Run development, qualification and acceptance test campaigns
    • Set up internal and external manufacturing teams for success by developing robust procurement, build, inspection, and acceptance processes and procedures

Basic Qualifications:

    • BS in engineering or physics
    • Hands-on welding/machining/forming/assembly experience
    • Experience in taking a product through a full development cycle from concept to delivery

Preferred Skills and Experience:

    • 2+ years of product lifecycle development experience
    • Extracurricular and/or project experience, such as rocketry, FSAE, Baja SAE, car restoration, robotics, etc.
    • Design and build experience creating metallic structures using forming, machining, and welding processes

What We Look For

    • 1. Critical thinking: ABL engineers understand the "why" behind all design decisions, operational events and test outcomes.  
    • 2. Curiosity: ABL engineers aren't expected to follow a list of tasks. They're expected to think of the problems they are solving in new, unique ways that improve quality, efficiency, and economics.
    • 3. Effective communication skills: Emails, meetings, presentations, and documentation must be neat, clear, and concise.
    • 4. End-to-end ownership: Projects are delivered fully complete and ready for flight; there is no one to pick up the slack of partially complete work. 

ITAR Requirement
This position requires access to information protected under US export control laws, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations and/or the Export Administration Regulations.  As such, US person status (including US citizens, permanent residents, asylees, and refugees) is a required qualification for this position.

Equal Opportunity Employer
We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, genetics, or citizenship status (when otherwise legally authorized to work and access export-controlled data) and will not be discriminated against on the basis of such characteristics or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. We encourage applicants of all ages.