Propulsion Engineer

Santa Clara, California /
Engineers – Propulsion Engineer /
Momentus is providing in-space transportation services by building spacecraft that carry satellites and hosted payloads between orbits in space. Our spacecraft are propelled by a new type of electric propulsion system (microwave electrothermal) which uses water as a propellant. Momentus is the first to demonstrate this type of thruster in space.

We seek a hands-on Propulsion Engineer who will aid the development of propulsion systems at Momentus. This engineer may have a strong mechanical, thermal or fluid background, or preferably have experience with propulsion systems or spacecraft design.

Key Responsibilities

    • Aid the development of propulsion components and systems (mechanical design, materials & manufacturing methods, etc.) from initial concept to assembly, integration, and test
    • Participate in engineering reviews of propulsion components and systems
    • Define and execute test plans for acceptance, qualification, and endurance testing of propulsion systems and components
    • Participate in the qualification, integration, and testing efforts of propulsion systems and components
    • Assist in the definition and documentation of assembly and manufacturing processes
    • Work with other engineers to drive components and subsystems to flight maturity

Desired Skills And Experience

    • BS in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or the equivalent
    • Very hands-on desire to be involved with design, test, and assembly
    • 2-5 years of experience with engineering design and test, preferably with in-space propulsion systems
    • Good understanding of fluid mechanics, compressible flow
    • Nice to have good understanding of RF power, especially microwave waveguide components and vacuum tubes
    • A strong background in CAD (Solidworks preferred), thermal solvers (thermal desktop, Ansys), or test/automation software (Labview, python, etc.)
Salary and option compensation is commensurate with experience and training. This is a full-time position in Santa Clara, California. This position requires access to export-controlled commodities, technical data, technology, software, and services. U.S. citizenship, U.S. legal permanent resident status, or protected person status under 8 U.S.C. Â1324b(a)(3) is required.