Manufacturing Technology Research & Development Engineer

Blue Origin   •  

Kent, WA

Industry: Aerospace & Defense


5 - 7 years

Posted 42 days ago

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As part of a small, passionate and accomplished team of experts, you will be responsible for developing novel manufacturing methods and techniques to support all manufacturing efforts and equipment for our launch vehicles, in-space systems, planetary landers and crewed vehicles.

You will work with a world class team of experts in manufacturing and help expand our presence beyond low Earth orbit, developing sustainable access architectures to space and planetary surfaces. You should be comfortable working in a fast-paced and often uncertain environment, contributing to innovative solutions, while demonstrating personal leadership, technical competence, and attention to detail. This position will directly impact the history of space exploration and will require your dedicated commitment and detailed attention towards safe and repeatable spaceflight.


  • Conduct research and prototype development of novel manufacturing methods for launch, in-space, and planetary lander systems.
  • Explore and demonstrate new technologies to dramatically reduce costs
  • Assist with transition from research and development to production, including first articles
  • Develop detailed designs, procure components and materials, and conduct testing to demonstrate system performance.
  • Plan, conduct, and technically direct projects, coordinating the efforts of a small team or contractor as needed. Monitor and report on progress.
  • Support sales and business development activities, including the development of technical proposals.


  • M.S. degree or higher in Mechanical, Manufacturing, or Materials engineering, or other relevant field
  • At least 5 years industry experience in manufacturing systems
  • Demonstrated technical expertise in manufacturing methods for spacecraft, launch vehicle, planetary landers, and crewed vehicles
  • Demonstrated technical expertise in manufacturing methods including one or more of the following: composite tooling, laser cladding, additive manufacturing, advanced machining, joining, robotics, flexible structures, and pressure vessels
  • Capable of collaborating as a member of a broad interdisciplinary team across a variety of domains
  • History of developing solutions with partially defined requirements and changing criteria
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Ability to communicate technical information clearly and appropriately to at the executive leadership level and on the shop floor.
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team
  • 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.


  • Experience doing design/test of aerospace hardware for a high reliability environment.
  • A strong background in both metallic and non-metallic manufacturing processes
  • Lean Manufacturing and/or Six Sigma processes and implementation.
  • Aerospace/Launch vehicle experience.
  • Experience with safety critical systems.

Job ID 3161