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Turbomachinery Engineer, Hydrodynamics - SpaceX
Hawthorne, CA
Posted: Aug 13, 2022 08:38

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Turbomachinery Engineer, Hydrodynamics at SpaceX

Hawthorne, CA, United States

SpaceX was founded under the belief that a future where humanity is out exploring the stars is fundamentally more exciting than one where we are not. Today SpaceX is actively developing the technologies to make this possible, with the ultimate goal ofenabling human life on Mars.


Lead the design, development and qualification of rocket turbopump inducers for multiple applications at SpaceX, taking the designs from initial concept to flight or other operations. Being successful in this role will require a strong technical knowledge of inducers, cavitation dynamics, coupled hydrodynamic and mechanical design and a broader turbomachinery system understanding as well as the ability to work with a wider team of specialists in the various sub systems. Ensuring that inducer solutions are developed with aggressive manufacturing goals, minimum cost/weight and on an aggressive schedule is also key to success.


  • Design, build and testturbopumps for liquid fueled rocket engines and other rocket or spacecraft systems

  • Own critical turbomachinery components, as every engineer at SpaceX assumes profound responsibility for their hardware

  • Perform the hydrodynamic sizing and flowpath design and analysis work for the turbopumps and other turbomachinery for spacecraft systems

  • Ensure that detailed mechanical analysis is performed on all the turbopump components/systems, reviewed and meets the required standards for life and reliability targets

  • Work with designers to prepare accurate and correct models and drawings for turbopump assembly and components, ensure that these drawings are correct and manufacturable with the available processes (or develop process to enable them)

  • Interface with our world-class production team to ensure designs are successfully translated into flight hardware that is revolutionizing access to space

  • Work with teams developing other systems (vehicle, feedlines, valves, etc.) to ensure that the turbopump design is optimally integrated and that risks are well balanced across the system

  • Support both component and assembly testing. Be involved with defining the test configuration, the test process/execution and review the results to confirm

  • Lead the resolution of issues encountered with the turbopump during development/qualification testing

  • Support ongoing design improvements to turbopump assemblies and/or sub systems including manufacturing improvements to reduce cost and lead time of components


  • Bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline

  • 2+ years of professional experience in the design of pump flowpath components

  • Experience with commercial analysis (structural and fluids) software


  • Master's degree or higher in aeronautical/astronautical, aerospace or mechanical engineering

  • Strong understanding of pump hydrodynamic design

  • Strong understanding of turbomachinery aerodynamics, hydrodynamics and mechanical design

  • Strong understanding of thermodynamics, compressible and incompressible flow, thermochemistry mechanics and/or materials

  • Experience with secondary flow and axial thrust balance modeling

  • Hands-on experience with turbomachinery hardware build

  • Experience with turbomachinery manufacturing and design of manufacturability

  • Experience with turbomachinery testing and engine testing

  • Professional experience using Siemens NX (Unigraphics) and ANSYS

  • Understanding of engineering fundamentals and the ability to perform basic analysis

  • Great attitude in the face of extreme challenges

  • Experience at a nimble engineering organization or in a highly technical position that required a scrappy, entrepreneurial manner to accomplish tasks with tight time or budget constraints

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Ability to deliver against an aggressive schedule


  • Willingness to travel in support of launching and testing of hardware

  • Willingness to work extended hours and weekends as needed to resolve critical technical or timing issues


  • To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here ( .

SpaceX is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with SpaceX is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.

Applicants wishing to view a copy of SpaceX's Affirmative Action Plan for veterans and individuals with disabilities, or applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify the Human Resources Department at (310) 363-6000.

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