Sr. Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Engineer

Berthoud, Colorado
The journey to space starts with the engines. 

Ursa Major was founded to bring a new model to space access: one in which every link in an enormous value chain isn’t limited by those around it. We design rocket engines and propulsion solutions.  

Our products and technologies require an extraordinary team. A team who will mold tomorrow’s technologies while deploying today’s best. We are comprised of intrinsically motivated individuals who have a passion for solving problems and empower each other every day to develop our skills, knowing that there is always room for growth.

As the Senior Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Engineer, you will be responsible for advanced ceramics and composites material selection, development, and qualification for advanced rocket engine programs at Ursa Major. This role will report directly to the head of the Advanced Materials and Manufacturing group at Ursa Major.
Colorado law requires us to tell you the base compensation range of this role, which is $100,000 - $150,000, determined by your education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities. What we can’t quantify for you are the exciting challenges, supportive team, and amazing culture we enjoy. Click here for more information about our awesome benefits.


We’re an equal opportunity employer. You will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

No outside recruiters please.


As a U.S. government contractor, Ursa Major is subject to President Biden’s September 9, 2021 Executive Order on Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors requiring federal contractors to be fully vaccinated from COVID-19. As such, Ursa Major requires employees to either show proof of vaccination or demonstrate an exemption for medical or religious reasons by December 8, 2021. Per the executive order, “fully vaccinated” means two weeks after a final dose of a one- or two-dose COVID-19 vaccine approved for regular or emergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or World Health Organization.
  • Responsible for overseeing and guiding material selection and process development of advanced high temperature composites and ceramics.
  • Responsible for selection, development, and qualification of vendors for manufacturing advanced composites.
  • Collaborate with other engineers, vendors, industry subject matter experts, and technicians to solve technical challenges related to part design, manufacturing, and qualification.
  • Serve as a subject matter expert on non-metallic materials and coatings.  
  • Assists with material related failure investigations on production and development related engine programs as needed. 
Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in Materials, Chemical or Aerospace Engineering.
  • 5+ years working with composites and non-metallic materials manufacturing.
  • Materials testing and validation testing for composite structures.
Preferred Skills and Experience
  • Master’s degree in materials, chemical, or aerospace engineering.
  • 3+ years of experience with ceramic matrix composite manufacturing systems and processes.
  • Familiarity with non-destructive evaluation techniques and interpretation of results (Ultrasonic, CT, shearography, etc.).
  • Knowledge of facture control approaches for composite structures.
  • Experience writing work instructions and procedures for aerospace hardware.
  • Experience transitioning processes from R&D to production on a compressed timeline.
  • Experience with coatings and/or paints in aerospace applications.
  • Experience working with tailoring Aerospace standards for launch vehicles (NASA-STD-5009, 5019, 6001, 6016. SMC-S-011, etc.)
Benefits Include
  • Unlimited PTO - Vacation, Sick, Personal, and Bereavement
  • Paid maternity/paternity/adoptive leave
  • Medical, dental and vision insurance; STD; Life and AD&D
  • Retirement Savings Plan - Traditional 401(k) and a Roth 401(k)
  • Company stock options

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