Senior 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.

The purpose of this hands-on, technical role is to establish an owner for every piece of hardware and for all processes required to build and provide rocket engines to our customers. You will use engineering documentation, established manufacturing processes, technical experience, tools / tooling, and, most importantly, relationships to provide high-quality hardware to our customers exactly when they need it. Your primary focus will be on build engineering / build management to support our technicians and together with our engineers and program managers.

It is crucial that all Manufacturing team members, especially Manufacturing Engineers, attain a base-level of hardware build experience. Initial responsibilities will include supporting team members’ efforts to receive, inspect, stock, kit, assemble/disassemble, test, and bring hardware to customers. You will improve work instructions and basic processes, use Epicor ERP, and find solutions to tough challenges. Long-term responsibilities will be expected once a sufficient level of knowledge is gained. You will report to the VP of Manufacturing.
Colorado law requires us to tell you the base compensation range of this role, which is $75,000 - $125,000, 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.
Job Responsibilities
  • Directly support all propulsion technician needs.
  • Work with technicians and responsible engineers to author and maintain work instructions, manufacturing BOMs (mBOM), and manufacturing processes.
  • Transform work instructions from ‘minimum viable product’ to through ‘flight-level’ quality.
  • Improve build sequences for subassemblies, turbopump / engine assemblies and ATPs.
  • Play an essential role in eBOM-to-mBOM iteration and learning cycles.
  • Be responsible and accountable for physical configuration of all subassemblies and engines.
  • Manage, update, and communicate all mBOMs.
  • Work with design, development, configuration, and test/dev to understand changes to the engineering BOM (eBOM) and effects on product quality.
  • Identify, tracking, communicating, and mitigating technical and assembly risks.
  • Develop tools to support assembly, proofs, flows, and ATPs.
  • Oversee daily, Build Ops standup meetings to provide status and manage roadblocks and risks.
  • Assure product quality by managing, ensuring adherence to, and improving shop floor processes.
  • Consult and work with our Advanced Manufacturing & Materials team to create or improve standard operating procedures such as cleaning and brazing.
  • Create training programs for and educating technicians and engineers.
  • Work with design engineering to promote ‘design for manufacturability’ with focus on assembly.
  • Scale the assembly process to support both development and flight engine throughput.
  • 7+ years' experience within hardware-focused, aerospace organizations.
  • Experience working with hand tools. (Machining experience preferred.) 
  • Desire to serve technicians, improve shop floor processes and provide high-quality hardware.
  • In-depth experience within or beside quality assurance organizations.
  • Experience operating in ISO 9001 or AS9100 certified organizations.
  • Experience following-up, completing and closing-out tasks.
  • Willing to pitch in to help teammates (Everyone helps everyone here!)
  • Experience in a very small or a startup businesses.
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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