Propulsion - Test Development Engineer

Permanent employee, Full-time · Bordeaux

Your mission
For the design of our spacecraft, we are looking for a Test Development Engineer to contribute to the development of the cryogenic propulsion systems. You will be in charge of the development and operation of a test facility for components, engines at The Exploration Company's premises. In parallel, You will also lead the preparation and the testing of our components outside of the company in coordination with the test bench partner(s).
You will be part of the Propulsion System Team and will report to the Propulsion System Lead. You will work in close cooperation with the Engine Technical Authority and the Chief Engineer for the definition of V&V objectives for subsystems and system demonstrations.

You have the following responsibilities:
  • Focal point for all discussion with external test bench partners
  • Define the in-house test facility functions, capabilities, interfaces and requirements with the Propulsion System Team
  • Supervise the construction, commissioning, and initial operations of these facilities
  • Coordinate safety and environmental aspect with authorities
  • Perform fundamental fluid flow, heat transfer and structural analysis to contribute to the design and development of the new propulsion test facility
  • Perform data analyses and prepare data reviews and performance reports to evaluate propulsion test facility performance
  • Write test plans, test procedures, maintenance plan and maintain configuration management system
  • Provide support to define, coordinate and control the functional and physical interfaces between the propulsion system and the launch vehicle
  • To effectively communicate and provide recommendations through the analysis, preparation, and presentation of technical data
  • To write technical documentation and participate to reviews of designed systems

You will perform your duties principally at the Company's premises in Bordeaux. You may be required to travel from time to time to our company’s premises in Munich in the course of your duties.

Your profile
Qualifications / Skills
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical, Aeronautical / Aerospace or Physics Engineering
  • Minimum 3-5 years of experience in rocket propulsion system or subsystem testing activities or aerospace-related propulsion testing activities
  • Good knowledge of existing test facilities in Europe 
  • Experience in safely operating complex fluid systems, including high pressure gas, cryogenic fluids, flammables, and hydraulics
  • Experience in environmental constraints (including acoustic) for testing site of propulsive system
  • Experience in test and integration procedures of cryogenic aerospace propulsion systems or pressurized system
  • Good understanding of test procedures, industry standards, and best-practices
  • Experience in RAMS analysis (FMECA, ZA, ..)
  • Good knowledge of common fluid and structural components and instrumentation
  • Knowledge of thermodynamic principles as applied to cryogenics and high-pressure systems, to ensure test facilities can provide physical parameters required for system or component
  • Experience using CAD to design parts/assemblies is an asset
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong analysis and problem-solving skills
  • Space enthusiast: ready to change the European space industry
  • Fluent in French is more than welcome as regular meeting with external partners and public services is expected
  • Fluent in English. German is an asset

Skills and Behaviours
  • Ability to work equally well unsupervised or as part of a team
  • Strong organizing and prioritization of tasks
  • Ability to safely and efficiently conduct fast-paced hazardous operations on a small ops team
  • Ability to observe anomalous conditions in real-time, investigate, and quickly resolve to enable a rapid testing pace.
  • Positive and flexible attitude to get the job done
  • Ability to communicate at all levels of the business
  • Demonstrates behaviours consistent with The Exploration Company’s core values of Commitment, Innovation, Trust, Quality and Teamwork
Why us?
At The Exploration Company, we democratise space exploration i.e., we make it affordable, available and open.

Our team is driven by competence, impact and efficiency. We are doers, team players and problem solvers. We take decisions fast. While keeping always the system in mind, each of us thrives to deliver full speed and take exceptional care of his/her area of responsibility. We are transparent about risks and obstacles, so that we can cooperate to overcome them.

Our culture is driven by technology, learning by doing and passion.

We have a lot of fun, and we refuel our energy in the meaning of our mission.
About us
The Exploration Company develops, produces and operates Nyx, a modular and reusable orbital vehicle that can eventually be refuelled in orbit, and which carries cargo - and potentially humans in the longer run.

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