• 08/7/24
  • Ref: 860377

Propulsion Design Engineer (Combustion)


  • Location Icon Denmark, Copenhagen
  • Work Type Icon Permanent / Full Time

Job Description

Propulsion Design Engineer (Combustion)
KDC is looking for Propulsion Design Engineer, in particular, those with experience in thrust chambers, gas generators, igniters & thrusters for rocketry applications. 

Your role will primarily focus on the preliminary and detailed mechanical design of our clients propulsion systems, working with analysis to iterate and improve their designs, you will have ownership of your products end to end, designing, inspecting, testing and iterating to get to optimised, flight-ready hardware.
What you’ll do
  • Design, development and AIT activities on launch vehicle propulsion systems, e.g. main stage propulsion, turbo-machinery, ignition systems and RCS implementations. 
  • Support component and integrated level testing including definition of test plans, test procedures, data analysis, and reporting
  • Propulsion systems physical modelling, hereunder CAD and CFD modelling in close collaboration with senior engineers. 
  • Supplier liaison and Quality Assurance work on produced propulsion system components/parts including additively manufactured parts. 
  • Assembly and operational procedures development supporting of propulsion systems AIT in collaboration with propulsion systems technicians. 
  • Design and test documentation preparation and participation in design reviews. 
What you’ll need
  • Minimum of a Bachelors degree in aerospace or mechanical engineering or a related field
  • 3+ years of industry experience in propulsion development or related field
  • Proven aptitude for core engineering disciplines such as thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, heat transfer, structural analysis, etc.
  • Experienced in full development process from requirements, detailed design, manufacture, assembly, and testing
  • Liquid or hybrid rocket engine propulsion design and development experience
  • Experience with rocket engine or turbomachinery qualification testing, operations of ground support equipment, and test data analysis
  • Experience with detailed mechanical design in SolidWorks, CATIA or similar CAD tool. 
  • Strong proven knowledge of manufacturing techniques commonly applied in rocket propulsion technology, specific emphasis on additive manufacturing desired.
  • Experienced in GD&T, Design for Manufacture (DFM), Design for Assembly (DFA), and Hand Calculations.
  • MS Office tools, full proficiency expected
  • Strong communication skills in both written and spoken English.
  • Masters degree in aerospace or mechanical engineering or a related field
  • Designs for cryogenic fluids, including liquid oxygen
  • Turbo-machinery design and operations preferable
  • Orbex is manufacturing hardware, it would be extremely beneficial for you to have practical, hands-on experience testing and validating your designs against specific criteria rather than purely conceptual design.
  • Experience with programming tools such as Matlab, Python, etc.
  • Experienced with typical rocket engine performance modeling tools (eg. CEA, RPA, EcosimPro, etc.) would be beneficial but not essential. 
  • Experience with numerical simulation tools (e.g. ANSYS Mechanical, Fluent, Abaqus, OpenFOAM) 
  • Experience using ERP or PLM software
This role is based in Copenhagen. You will be spending time at the factory and their nearby rocket engine testing site, with occasional travel to their main factory, test and launch sites in Scotland.


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