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Thermal Engineer

Axiom Space

Axiom Space

Webster, TX, USA
Posted on Saturday, February 10, 2024

Thermal Engineer

EVA Power Avionics Control · Webster, Texas

OVERVIEW: Axiom Space is the commercial leader in human spaceflight and on-orbit research & manufacturing services, steered by a team of experts and guided by the vision of a thriving home in space that benefits every human, everywhere. Axiom provides unprecedented access to the International Space Station today while building and operating its successor – the world’s first international commercial space station – to improve life on Earth and foster possibilities beyond it. Our mission-driven team is seeking a bold and dynamic Thermal Engineer who is preoccupied with big questions: Where do we go from here? What are the limits of innovation and exploration? How do we continue to evolve as a species?

NASA chose Axiom Space to develop its next-generation astronaut spacesuits for the Artemis lunar missions. These new spacesuits built by Axiom Space will provide astronauts with advanced capabilities for space exploration, while providing commercially developed human systems needed to access, live, and work in microgravity as well as on and around the Moon.

SUMMARY: Our team is looking for an energetic and dynamic Thermal Engineer who will primarily be responsible for aiding Axiom’s Power Avionic and Control (AxPAC) team with the design and development of Axiom’s Space Suits. We are looking for an individual with a strong technical background in testing and analytical problem solving. The role requires strong organizational, time management, and communication skills. This role is onsite and will be based at our Gemini facility.

This position has multiple job openings (and may be filled at multiple levels).


  • Work on a collaborative team developing AxPAC hardware for low Earth orbit and beyond.
  • Perform spacesuit thermal analysis and design.
  • Document and write analysis reports.
  • Use Thermal Desktop for modeling and verification of requirements.
  • Work with engineers to provide guidance and recommendations on design.
  • Perform hand calculations to guide and validate detailed modeling.
  • Participate in team brainstorming and technical review meetings.
  • Provide input to Project Engineers to forecast scope, schedule, and risks for all assigned projects.
  • Create presentations that summarize technical design information.
  • Perform other duties as required.

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

  • Master’s degree in mechanical engineering or equivalent
  • 5-10 years’ experience in thermal analysis or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Proficient in Thermal Desktop
  • Experience with electronic component thermal analysis
  • Familiarity with active and passive component/system thermal design preferred
  • Familiarity with correlating thermal math models to test or flight data preferred
  • Familiarity performing hand or spreadsheet calculations to check thermal math model results preferred

Essential Functions

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

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.

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 attention to detail and able to follow process
  • Excellent computer skills (MS Windows & Office)
  • 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.