Staff Propulsion Design Engineer

Lafayette, 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.

Ursa Major’s teams moves fast and do a lot with little. We are looking for a skilled, fast learning individual who will support our engine design efforts. This role will be part of the technical organization, responsible for clean sheet designs of a variety of propulsion hardware ranging from combustors to actuators. Candidates will be expected to have ownership from the initial concept phase to a production-ready design and may need to support multiple engine programs simultaneously.

As a Staff Design Engineer, you will help lead and grow the Design Engineering team and be a critical element to the success of Ursa Major Technologies. You will leverage your experience to help drive innovative solutions for some of rocketry's most complex problem statements.
Colorado law requires us to tell you the base compensation range of this role, which is $115,000 - $200,000, 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.
Primary Responsibilities
  • Provide technical guidance and mentoring to design associates to advance their proficiency.
  • Cradle-to-grave design support, from preliminary through detailed design, development, validation, certification, manufacturing, and operational service of various engine components including gimbals, actuators, pumps and combustors.
  • Engage the team in the resolution of technical problems within program schedule milestones.
  • Design modifications of existing components and prototypes to increase performance, improve manufacturability or resolve limitations.
  • Collaborate with team members to write, review, and update work instructions for the assembly of engine components as well as establish appropriate acceptance and qualification tests.
  • Communicate with team leadership and management on status and risks to program schedule and metrics.
  • 15+ years of relevant mechanical design experience.
  • B.S. in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering (or other related technical subject area).
  • Demonstrated proficiency with computer aided design and drafting.
  • Experience with geometric dimensioning and tolerancing per ASME Y14.5.
  • Demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity in all its forms as well as contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment.
  • Ability to earn trust and maintain positive and professional relationships.
Desired Experience
  • M.S. or PhD in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering (or related technical discipline).
  • Design for metal additive manufacturing processes.
  • Liquid propellant rocket engine design, test, or analysis.
  • Familiarity with oxygen-rich staged combustion engine cycle.
  • Working level knowledge of PTC Creo or Siemens NX CAD programs and Windchill PLM software.
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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