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Propulsion Engineer, Staff

Axiom Space

Axiom Space

Webster, TX, USA
Posted on Saturday, January 27, 2024

Axiom Space is building for beyond, guided by the vision of a thriving home in space that benefits every human, everywhere. The leading provider of human spaceflight services and developer of human-rated space infrastructure, Axiom Space operates end-to-end missions to the International Space Station today while developing its successor, Axiom Station – a permanent commercial destination in low-Earth orbit that will sustain human growth off the planet and bring untold benefits back home.

Axiom Space fosters a diverse environment inclusive of all perspectives. We are the pioneers of commercial space, leading the transformation of low-Earth orbit into a global space marketplace. Our mission-driven team is seeking a bold and dynamic Staff Propulsion Engineer who is fueled by problem-solving, continuously curious, and driven to understand our world, science/technology, and life itself, for the benefit of all on Earth and beyond.

This role is posted for multiple positions and full time onsite in Houston, Texas.


  • Lead propulsion and program development activities from definition to execution
  • Develop designs, specifications and configurations for propulsion systems to meet requirements
  • Use modeling, analysis, and simulation tools to estimate system performance and ensure compliance
  • Lead and participate in design and gate reviews with suppliers and customers
  • Manage and interface with external vendors on cost, schedule, design, manufacturing, verification activities
  • Lead and coordinate planning for verification tests and analyses
  • Organize and evaluate tests, encompassing safety, technical, and risk evaluations and preparedness.
  • Oversee integration of propulsion hardware with testing facilities and equipment
  • Execute and support test activities for propulsion systems, including components such as thrusters, valves, instrumentation, etc.
  • Other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Engineering, Computer Science, or Physics required
  • 7-12 years of experience working on propulsion systems
  • Experience in the design, analysis, testing, certification and operation of space rated propulsion systems and components
  • 3D modeling software knowledge, SolidWorks is preferred
  • Analysis software knowledge, such as ANSYS, Easy5, Fluent, GFSSP, TDK preferred
  • Experience in development and qualification testing programs
  • Experience with MATLAB, LabVIEW, Python, or other data acquisition and reduction software
  • Able to work effectively in an Agile / Scrum environment
  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple project scopes and schedules
  • Knowledge of relevant aerospace design and test, and additive standards, such as SMC-S-016, NASA-STD-5009, AIAA-S-080, NASA-STD-5017, and NASA-STD-6030
  • Knowledge of various additive and subtractive machining and joining techniques for metals

Essential Functions

Work Environment: Generally, an office environment, but can involve inside or outside work depending on the task.


  • Must be able to complete a U.S. government background investigation.
  • Management has the prerogative to select at any level for which the position is advertised.
  • Proof of U.S. Citizenship or US Permanent Residency is a requirement for this position.
  • Candidates applying for Engineering positions are required to have an engineering degree from an ABET accredited program. For more information on included programs, please visit Home - ABET

Physical Requirements

  • Work may involve sitting or standing for extended periods (90% of the time). May require lifting and carrying up to 25 lbs. (5% of the time).
  • Equipment and Machines
  • Standard office equipment (PC, telephone, printer, etc.).


  • Excellent interpersonal skill
  • Excellent communication skill, verbal and written
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Result oriented personality with a creative approach to problem solving
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Self-motivated

Competencies: To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Ethics - Treats people with respect; keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; works with integrity and principles; upholds organizational values
  • Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving situations; uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics
  • Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; supports organization's goals and values; benefits organization through outside activities; supports affirmative action and respects diversity
  • Communications - Expresses ideas and thoughts verbally; expresses ideas and thoughts in written form; exhibits good listening and comprehension; keeps others adequately informed; selects and uses appropriate communication methods
  • Cost Consciousness - Works within approved budget; develops and implements cost saving measures; contributes to profits and revenue; conserves organizational resources
  • Teamwork - Eager and able to work in a collaborative and cross-disciplinary fashion in a fast-paced, dynamic, and deadline-oriented environment

Axiom Space is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Axiom Space does not discriminate on the basis of race, regional color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.