1 Jun 2019

CIVILIAN Propulsion Design Engineer

Sierra Nevada Corporation – Posted by RHCAG5Madison, Wisconsin, United States

Job Description

SNC is currently seeking exceptional candidates who wish to be a part of the commercial space revolution. Our fun, fast-paced and collaborative team designs, builds, and flies the Dream Chaser Cargo System, an ambitious flagship program to create our Nation’s only commercially reusable space plane. With your help, we will conduct many safe and successful missions over the next decade to deliver critical cargo to and from the International Space Station. These flights for NASA will enable us to build an unprecedented commercial space transportation network around the Dream Chaser, which provides affordable, cutting-edge orbital capability and return to Earth services onto runways around the globe. The future of space transportation is now.

The Propulsion Designer owns the development of Propulsion related hardware through the product life cycle such as drawing generation and release, parts procurement, assembly, integration and test to support the Dream Chaser Propulsion system development. This individual must have a strong working knowledge in fluid system design (pneumatic and liquid systems), experience in subsystem layout, interface control documentation and requirements definition. The ideal candidate will be experienced in the design and development of propulsion subsystems, analysis in support of design, and vehicle level integration.


Assist in design and development of space-related hardware and overall vehicle layout
Implement propulsion subsystem design of the various propulsion subsystems required by the Dream Chaser vehicle into the integrated system

Understand, plan, and execute technical activities in accordance with SNC policies, procedures, and work instructions and specific Customer requirements

Read and interpret blueprints, technical drawings and schematics

Originate specifications, control documents, verification and validation plans, procedures, reports, or other documentation in support of design and development activities

Work with other Engineers to implement operating procedures, resolve system issues and provide technical information

Prepare material for, and conduct, periodic design reviews

Ensure conformance of products with Engineering design and performance specifications

Execute engineering design and development activities consistent with Customer quality, cost, and schedule requirements

Conduct research that test and analyze the feasibility, design, operation and performance of equipment, components and systems

Estimate costs and submit bids for Engineering


Punctuality to work each day and prepared to work scheduled work hours

Other duties as assigned


Responsible for thoughtful adherence to all SNC Policies, Procedures, and Compliance regulations (internal and external)

Responsible for timely execution of all personnel-related activities such as Time Sheet completion, Performance Evaluations, Salary Reviews, Succession Planning, etc.

Responsible for leadership oversight and for ensuring Department/Team training


Ability to travel occasionally required

Minimum physical requirements to perform all duties and responsibilities, as defined by management

SNC job descriptions are meant as summarization’s only. They do not necessarily reflect all duties and responsibilities of a position.


Requires a BS in Related Field.

At least 6 years of experience in the aerospace industry with greater than that desired.

Experience in NX or other related CAD systems is required
Strong written and verbal communication skills are a must

Ability to rapidly work with minimal supervision on projects involving both small and large engineering teams

Previous experience and skills in project definition, simulation, implementation, lab integration and test

Must be able to work in a highly collaborative, fast paced environment with emphasizes in rapid prototyping and fielding of capabilities


To conform to U.S. Government export regulations, applicant 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.

How to Apply

If you would like to apply, please follow the hyperlink below to the Sierra Nevada Corporation web site to view the job posting and apply. For additional questions, feel free to contact Ron Hollins at [email protected]

Job Categories: Mechanical Engineering. Job Types: CIVILIAN. Job expires in 13 days.

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