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Senior Rocket Engine Controls and Simulation Engineer

Company: Blue Origin
Location: kent
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

We are a diverse team of collaborators, doers, and problem-solvers relentlessly committed to a culture of safety. As part of a passionate and accomplished team of engine control system engineers, you will directly impact the future of space flight and help us make progress towards our mission of building the road to space through reusable rockets. Join us in advancing our vision of millions of people living and working in space to benefit Earth!

As part of a small, passionate and accomplished team of experts, you will set the technical bar and grow the dynamics modeling capabilities for a variety of liquid propulsion rocket engines. As a subject matter expert, you will be involved in all aspects of the planning, design, build and test activities for complex Liquid Propellant Rocket Engine control, simulation and modeling. You will be expected to mentor, both technically and professionally, less experienced team members in the rigor required analysis the transient and dynamic performance of liquid propulsion rocket engines. This position will directly impact the history of space exploration and will require your dedicated commitment and detailed attention towards safe and repeatable spaceflight.

Additional responsibilities include:

As a Senior Engine Controls and Simulation engineer, you will lead detailed engine control system design, transient analysis, engine simulation and modeling activities for new rocket engines and/or upgrades to existing rocket engines. You will contribute to engine system modeling improvements, establish processes, and define best practices for transient model development and analysis methods. You will be expected to champion efforts to improve existing analytical capabilities and tools, participate in creation of the control system dynamic analysis technology roadmap and strategy formulation in engine controls and simulation and modeling arena. You may be required to interface with internal and external customers to develop engine transient performance requirements and work on optimization of the overall engine control system models based on system performance and mission requirements, program targets and constraints. You will also have opportunity to develop simulations of rocket engine and propulsion system components such as sensors, actuation systems and valves to meet program goals.

In this role, you will be asked to support control system design optimization using engine control system and plant models that lead to overall rocket propulsion system performance requirement validation and engine operability optimization. Your responsibilities will include interfacing tasks with teams that develop engine controller, HIL and vehicle simulations to ensure that engine modeling is accurate for flight-critical analysis. You will also communicate analysis results to the internal teams as well as external customers and share/document lessons learned.

We are looking for someone to apply their technical expertise, leadership skills, and commitment to quality to positively impact safe human spaceflight. Passion for our mission and vision is required!


* Passion for Blue Origin's mission: Millions of people living and working in space! * Minimum of a B.S. degree in engineering discipline (aerospace, mechanical, chemical or physics desired) * 15+ years of experience in transient performance modeling of rocket engines * 5+ years of experience overseeing, guiding, and mentoring less experienced engineers * Subject matter expert in liquid rocket transient analysis through design, development, analysis and test lifecycle * Highly knowledgeable of liquid rocket engine system architecture * Highly specialized in thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, heat transfer and control systems * Proficient in programming and knowledge of at least one programming/scripting language (Python/MATLAB/etc.) * Excellent understanding of numerical methods * Ability to lead and work effectively in teams * Ability to be self-directed and balance several tasks at one time * Ability to communicate analysis results effectively * Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum


* M.S. in engineering discipline or higher * Familiar with entire liquid rocket engine product life cycle * Demonstrated technical expertise and excellence in simulation tools such as SIMCENTER AMESIM and SIMULINK * Knowledge of ROCETS, NPSS, GFSSP, Thermal Desktop or an equivalent system modeling software package * In depth knowledge of C/C++ and/or Python

ITAR Requirements

To conform to U.S. Government commercial space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), applicants for employment at Blue Origin must be a U.S. citizen or national, lawfully admitted for permanent residence into the U.S. (i.e. current green card holder), or lawfully admitted as a refugee or granted asylum under 8 U.S.C. 1157-1158. Learn more about the ITAR here.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Blue Origin is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to attracting, retaining, and developing a highly qualified, diverse, and dedicated work force. Blue Origin hires and promotes people on the basis of their qualifications, performance, and abilities. We support the establishment and maintenance of a workplace that fosters trust, equality, and teamwork, in which all employees recognize and appreciate the diversity of individual team members. We provide all qualified applicants for employment and employees with equal opportunities for hire, promotion, and other terms and conditions of employment, regardless of their race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin/ethnicity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic factors, military/veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, and/or local law. Blue Origin will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable federal, state, and local laws. For more information on "EEO Is the Law," please see here and here.

Affirmative Action and Disability Accommodation

Applicants wishing to view a copy of Blue Origin's Affirmative Action Plans, or applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in the application and/or interview process, please contact us at

Keywords: Blue Origin, Kent , Senior Rocket Engine Controls and Simulation Engineer, Other , kent, Washington

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