PROPULSION ENGINEER

Intuitive Machines​

Houston, TX 77058 - Full-time exempt position

Intuitive Machines is leading the return to the lunar surface with our Nova-C lander.  We proudly put forward an exceptional team that lives at the intersection of rigor and agility.  We are seeking the best, the brightest and the driven to be a part of the first commercial landing on the moon.  Join our team and you’ll be rewarded with competitive compensation, benefits, and possession of your own unique place in history.


Responsibilities may include, but not be limited to*

  • Design propulsion components and assemblies to meet specified requirements for flow, stress, safety factor, manufacturability, life, etc. 

    • Requires proficiency in compressible and incompressible fluid dynamics, combustion, heat transfer, structural design, material science, and analysis tools (CAD, FEA, etc.)

  • Analyze propulsion system performance data.

  • Produce manufacturing drawings and collaborate with manufacturing team as required. 

  • Fabricate propulsion components and assemblies using common lab tools (Hand tools, drill press, sander/grinder) per drawings and within required tolerance.

  • Act as Responsible Engineer for specific components as needed.

  • Operate propulsion system testing equipment during integrated and offline testing per procedures and with a focus on safety.

    • Includes but is not limited to high pressure plumbing, cryogenic fluids, high temperature systems.

    • Requires knowledge and experience with fluid systems, valves, regulators, pumps.

  • Create and manage operational procedures for component and system test stands.

  • Demonstrate research initiative and ability to solve problems both independently and as part of a team.

  • Follow all required safety policies and practices.

  • Develop operational models and simulations of propulsion systems.

  • Act as responsible authority for operations of test facilities and associated procedures (as assigned).

  • Apply advanced knowledge of propulsion system design, analysis principles, systems engineering, and operations.

  • Create new component/system designs and architectures for future propulsion systems as needed.

  • Be self-motivated and accountable

  • Demonstrate ability to learn new skills

  • Demonstrate research initiative and ability to solve problems both independently and as part of a team.


Required Education*
•    B.S. or M.S. in Aerospace Engineering 

Required Experience and skills*

•    Experience with CFD analysis

•    Experience with structural/thermal FEA

•    Experience with C, C++, Python, MATLAB

•   1-5 years experience with design, development, and test of propulsion systems technology

•   1-5 years experience with fluid systems design, development, and operations

•    Capable of both high quantity and high-quality output

•    Ability to work in a fast paced, hard charging, high stakes environment

•    A passion for spaceflight

*U.S. citizenship is required.

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