• Rocket Engine Valve Manufacturing Engineer

    Job Locations US-WA-Kent
    Blue Engines
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  • Overview

    As part of a small, passionate, and accomplished team of experts, you will be responsible for manufacturing efforts throughout all stages of the product lifecycle pertaining to the development and production of Engine Valves. As a Manufacturing Engineer, you will translate engineering intent, drawings, and configurations into fully functional valve hardware ready for test, qualification, and flight. Throughout the manufacturing process, you will also identify, develop, and deploy methods to improve quality, reduce cost, and optimize valve build sequences and schedules. As an integral member of the team, you will conduct DFMA and PFMEA studies to strengthen the feedback loop between design, build, and test to accelerate the pace of rocket engine development. This position will directly impact the history of space exploration and will require your dedicated commitment and detailed attention towards safe and repeatable human spaceflight.


    • Identify, develop, and deploy new valve manufacturing methods (or refine existing) to improve quality, reduce cost, and optimize build schedule
    • Translate engineering intent, drawings, and configurations into fully functional pneumatic and hydraulic valve hardware
    • Develop manufacturing work instructions to clearly define the following manufacturing process: receiving inspection, assembly, test (hydraulic, pneumatic, and cryo), integration, and refurbishment
    • Closely manage cost, quality, build sequence, and schedule of valve hardware throughout the entire manufacturing process
    • Define how to prepare hardware for test, qualification, and flight
    • Conduct DFMA and PFMEA studies to strengthen the feedback loop between design, build, and test
    • Perform engineering drawing review and provide final approval for valve manufacturing
    • Develop process control measures and evaluation through statistical analysis
    • Define and support repair and rework activities
    • Design, procure, install, and integrate custom manufacturing equipment
    • Interface with external suppliers and manufacturing partners to ensure that hardware and equipment is manufactured, processed, packaged, and delivered properly, on time, and on budget
    • Perform capacity analysis and evaluate staffing requirements
    • Perform root cause analyses when non-conformances and escapes are identified and deploy corrective actions
    • Manage hardware configuration and maintain pedigree throughout the entire build and test process


    • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical, Manufacturing, or Aerospace Engineering (other relevant fields may apply) from an accredited university (Master of Science preferred)
    • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or higher (on 4.0 scale)
    • 2 to 8 years of direct manufacturing and manufacturing engineering experience (after graduation)
    • Mastery of engineering fundamentals for mechanical design and manufacturing
    • Experience in hardware manufacturing and product assembly (relevant industries include: aerospace, medical devices, oil and gas operations, electrical equipment, or automotive)
    • Strong aptitude for mechanical system design and hands-on fabrication experience
    • Strong written, personal, technical, and software skills (CAD, Scheduling, Issue Tracking, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc)
    • Ability to communicate clearly and appropriately at all levels of the organization
    • Must be a U.S. citizen or national, U.S. permanent resident (current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum


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