Propulsion Operations 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 role is to ensure that engineering practices at Ursa are held to the highest standard, are well understood, discretely measured and clearly followed. This role will work with the engineering team, program management team, and manufacturing team to ensure that best practices related to engineering process, documentation, and thoroughness are followed by the general team, and to continue to optimize the transfer and communication of information throughout the team. As Ursa continues to grow, it is tantamount that engineers at Ursa can perform at their optimum across large teams and are not hampered by poor communication, documentation, or inefficient process – this role is to ensure this is the case.
Colorado law requires us to tell you the base compensation range of this role, which is $80,000 - $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.
  • Ownership of all process documentation throughout the engineering team, including but not limited to: part release, design reviews, qualification documentation, engineering change notices, etc.
  • Optimization of engineering processes to ensure that quality and efficiency are maximized when communicating engineering designs & decisions through the entire part release process.
  • Development of processes in adherence with customer requests or industry standards including AS9100.
  • Ownership of best practices / lessons learned library, continuing development via research or active work toward engineering standards.
  • Work with customer team to assist with audits related to engineering standards such as ASME, AAE, SMC, NASA, etc.
  • Ownership of engineering standards library.
  • Development and deployment of engineering training programs across team, for example:  GD&T, safety, software, design, development, test, etc.
  • Administrative duties for Wrike, our project management software. Creation and management of teams, spaces, request forms, organization, etc.
  • Potential to run a small (1-3) team of direct reports focused on engineering administrative duties such as CAD management.
  • Measure engineering team performance weekly via KPI’s and report those with team actions to the executive team.
Experience / Requirements
  • 4+ years' experience within hardware-focused, aerospace organizations.
  • Experience working with hand tools. (Machining experience preferred.) 
  • 2+ years’ experience working with engineering design or test/development teams, including direct hardware ownership.
  • Small to medium-sized team management.
  • Familiarity with industry standard specifications such as ASME, AAE, NASA, SMC, etc.
  • Experience operating in ISO 9001 or AS9100 certified organizations.
  • Experience creating, following-up, completing and closing-out tasks.
  • Experience in very small or a startup business.
Benefits Include
  • Unlimited PTO - Vacation, Sick, Personal, and Bereavement
  • Paid maternity/paternity/adoptive leave
  • Medical, dental and vision insurance; LTD & STD; Life and AD&D
  • Retirement Savings Plan - Traditional 401(k) and a Roth 401(k)
  • Company stock options

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