Senior Propulsion Development Engineer at Vector
Huntington Beach, CA, US

With nearly two decades of sub-orbital launch experience and technology development, VECTOR needs your help in taking the next steps to push space boundaries.  


Job Summary

Innovation in space occurs when people have the freedom to imagine and to do. We are looking for other thought leaders in their fields of expertise who also believe in our vision and can work beside us to make this dream a reality. The Sr. Propulsion Development Engineer will be responsible for leading design and analysis of the engine assembly and its components to develop and verify design objectives and qualification envelopes. This role is for a dynamic, self-starting individual with great attention to detail.


This is a full-time position located at our facility in Huntington Beach, CA, with periodic travel to our Arizona Test Site (ATS) near Tucson, AZ.


A typical day might include the following:

As a Sr. Propulsion Development Engineer at Vector, you will leverage your knowledge, experience, and creativity to develop novel solutions at the cutting edge of space technology. The responsibilities of this position will be design and analysis intensive, primarily working on and leading the development of Vector’s LP-1 or LP-2 Engines.



  • Design of cryogenic liquid rocket engines including pressure fed injectors, chamber-nozzle integration, valve integration, and overall engine assembly
  • Integration of rocket engines in vehicles and test facilities
  • Lead development of detailed analytical engine models and anchoring of models to engine and stage test data to guide design and operational decisions
  • Lead trade studies, detailed design tasks and material analysis/selection for engine chamber, assemblies, injectors and other engine components
  • Lead the detailed 3D CAD and 2D drawings as part of a compete Technical Data Package
  • Serve as conductor of engine static fire tests and console operator during stage-level testing
  • Management of engine assembly components through the complete product lifecycle
  • Support the definition of engine development roadmaps, with consideration to performance, cost and schedule risks
  • Contribute to interdisciplinary projects to assess impacts of changes in engine designs and associated performance across other vehicle systems
  • Lead and mentor junior design staff in deployment of design best practices
  • VECTOR strongly believes in the power of the individual and seeks people who share our passion for innovating, building and flying


This job might be for you if you have these:

  • B.S./M.S. in Aerospace/Mechanical Engineering or equivalent is required
  • 5+ Years of directly relevant experience in the development of cryogenic liquid-propellant rocket engines
  • 5+ years of experience in the use of 3D CAD tools (NX preferred)
  • Experience with one or more structural or thermal modeling tools is required (e.g., ANSYS Workbench, ANSYS Classic, NASTRAN, Thermal Desktop, etc).
  • Willing to travel [ 10%] to Tucson, AZ facility to support test campaigns and support program reviews is likely.
  • Willing to travel 10% to Tucson, AZ facility to support engine development
  • Ability and willingness to thrive in a fast-paced, rapidly changing work environment
  • Must be available to work extended hours and weekends as needed

It would be impressive if you also have these:

  • Master’s Degree in a relevant field and/or certifications or similar within aerospace, aviation or automotive is preferred.
  • Experience modeling cryogenic fluids
  • Experience with 3D printed components, pressurized structures / injectors, valves, and/or lightweight aerospace structures
  • Knowledge of MATLAB, Python, C/C++
  • Knowledge in the use of 3D CAD tools (e.g. NX, Solidworks, etc.)
  • Experience using GD&T and ASME Y14.5M-1994 drafting standards
  • BIG vision to reshape the multi-billion launch market
  • Ability to work as a member of a cross-functional team
  • Ability to add something unique and positive to our team


Personal Requirements

Do you have an entrepreneurial spirit and desire to be part of an innovative team that designs, builds and flies rockets? Put your skills to work and see if you have what it takes to become a part of the new frontier of rocket science. Explore new frontiers with VECTOR.


ITAR Requirements
To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by ITAR (22 CFR §120.15) or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here.

VECTOR is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Each individual has the right to work in a professional environment that promotes equal employment opportunity and prohibits discriminatory practices, including harassment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.