Senior Turbomachinery Design and Development Engineer

Blue Origin   •  

Kent, WA

Industry: Aerospace & Defense


11 - 15 years

Posted 36 days ago


As part of a small, passionate and accomplished team of experts, you will be responsible for the hands-on development and testing of turbomachinery for various spaceflight systems. You will share in the team’s impact on all aspects of turbomachinery and rocket engine development and operation. This position will directly impact the history of space exploration and will require your dedicated commitment and detailed attention towards safe and repeatable spaceflight.


  • Integral responsibility for the creation of power dense turbomachinery enabling payloads and humans to escape earth’s gravity. This includes participation in the entire design cycle of turbomachinery from turbopump layouts to component design of pumps, turbines, shafts, housings, bearings, and seals, to the maturation of these components and the overall system through development testing.
  • Develop innovative technologies that will unlock the gate to increased space exploration
  • Lead an mentor teammates in a highly collaborative environment
  • Develop, execute, and improve technical processes in the turbomachinery design and development cycle by formulating and implementing preventative and corrective actions
  • Develop and mature tools specific to the design and development of turbomachinery
  • Material selection and preliminary structural assessment
  • Knowledge of fluid systems, secondary flow paths, and rotordynamics
  • Detailed drawing creation of precision components and assemblies
  • Vendor selection and manufacturing support
  • Integration and testing of turbomachinery in component and engine test stands
  • Ensuring component and system performance and health through development testing and design iterations, supporting hardware builds and leading post-test data reviews.


  • Minimum of a B.S. degree in mechanical or aerospace engineering
  • 10+ years’ experience in turbomachinery component design, development, and testing
  • Ability to effectively collaborate on multi-disciplinary and cross-functional teams
  • Experience with rotating machinery component design including turbines, impellers, housings, bearings, and seals.
  • Knowledge of hydrodynamics, aerodynamics, secondary flow systems, and rotordynamics.
  • 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 with turbomachinery specific to rocket engine applications
  • Proficiency in 3D CAD programs (Creo Pro/E preferred)
  • Knowledge in the use of FEA analysis tools (ANSYS preferred)
  • Experience with cryogenic fluids and oxygen compatibility
  • Experience with castings, forgings, machined parts and other advanced manufacturing techniques
  • Experience with high speed data acquisition and instrumentation using accelerometers and proximity probes
  • Experience post-processing data to assess component health, rotordynamic performance and cavitation phenomena
  • Knowledge of NPSH testing and cavitation suppression techniques