Thermal/Fluids Engineer


DESCRIPTION:  As part of a small team, you’ll be involved in many aspects of developing space and launch vehicles. This position is analysis intensive, and primarily supports the development and verification of vehicle concepts, thermal/fluid models and design reference missions.  You'll need significant depth in systems engineering processes, thermal/fluids analysis, and breadth in many other engineering analysis disciplines (aerodynamics, sensors, data reduction, test, etc.) supporting spacecraft and launch vehicle development.

  • Requirements analysis and traceability, functional analysis
  • Configuration development, detailed design, trade studies and verification activities
  • Systems analysis, CFD simulations
  • Technical performance monitoring
  • Development and maintenance of system analysis documentation and databooks
  • Participation in gated reviews
  • Support of test activity (several roles)
  • Gaining proficiency on the systems engineering methodology, tools and tailoring of processes required to complete assigned systems engineering tasks
  • Support other lead engineers as required and agreed upon with team management
  • Trade studies relating to selection of material and subsystem hardware


  • B.S. degree in mechanical or aerospace engineering
  • 5+ years of experience in fluids or thermodynamics
  • Extensive system analysis experience (5+ years) preferably on aerospace systems
  • Knowledge of current systems engineering tools and methodologies
  • Some experience with one or more of the following specialties: systems engineering, systems architecture, configuration design, flight mechanics, orbital mechanics, FMECA, hazard analysis, operations analysis, cost estimation, mass properties estimation, subsystems (propulsion, structures, mechanisms, avionics, thermal/fluid systems, ECLSS/human accommodations)
  • Knowledge of relevant engineering standards
  • Ability to work effectively in teams
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien

  • Experience solving a variety of complex problems using a combination of analysis and hands-on laboratory testing
  • Launch, and spacecraft  and launch vehicle experience
  • Ability working with one or more fluid or thermal modelling tools (e.g., ANSYS Workbench, ANSYS Classic, SINDA/FLUINT, TMG, CFD++, Fluent CFD, SPF, Thermal Desktop, Trasys, MINIVER)
  • Proficiency with CAD applications, such as Creo
  • Proficiency in one or more programming languages (e.g., C/C++, FORTRAN, Matlab).
  • Able to apply heuristic and functional decomposition techniques to scope the design and development of new architectures
  • Experience leading system and program level trade studies to balance programmatic and technical goals