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MAXAR Propulsion Systems Engineer in palo alto, California

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Maxar is a global leader in integrated space technologies, delivering advanced systems for communications, exploration, data gathering, and next-generation services. We are seeking highly motivated candidates interested in the development of a wide spectrum of space solutions while working in dynamic and collaborative interdisciplinary teams.

Our Guidance, Navigation, and Control Systems organization is seeking a Propulsion Systems Engineer in Palo Alto, CA, who can apply their knowledge and experience in the development of Propulsion systems for cutting edge low Earth orbit solutions, complex geosynchronous communications satellites, and beyond Earth science missions. The ideal candidate will apply the systems engineering discipline to complex systems and is familiar with space methods, hardware components, and their practical application.

Primary Responsibilities :

  • Applies knowledge and experience of engineering concepts to solve and find propulsion systems solutions

  • Design of bipropellant, monopropellant, cold gas, and electric satellite propulsion systems

  • Perform subsystem analyses including the optimization of propellant loading, plume analyses, thruster alignments, and on-orbit performance assessment

  • Responsible for propulsion hardware performance specification including propellant/pressurant tank sizing, thruster selection and configuration, and performance characteristics, redundancy and fault management.

  • Work with power, thermal, bus electronics engineers to ensure subsystem architecture meets operational requirements

  • Define and capture subsystem test requirements and flowdown to unit level

  • Support qualification and testing of propulsion systems

Minimum Requirements:

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident

  • Requires a Bachelor's degree in Physics, Engineering, or related discipline. Courses/experience in electric and chemical propulsion systems, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, thermodynamics, and/or physics is required

  • Requires 5 years of relevant experience

  • Demonstrated team player and project management skills

MAXAR Technologies offers a generous compensation package including a competitive salary; choice of medical plan; dental, life, and disability insurance; a 401(K) plan with competitive company match; paid holidays and paid time off.

We are a vertically integrated, new space economy story, including segments across the value continuum for every moment leading up to and following launch. We lead in satellite communications (building and operating), ground infrastructure, Earth observation, advanced analytics, insights from machine learning, next-generation propulsion, space robotics, on-orbit servicing, on-orbit assembly, and protection of space assets through cybersecurity and monitoring of space systems. By integrating our leading-edge capabilities, we provide innovative, cost-effective solutions, value for customers, and thus unlock the multiplier effect of our combined businesses.

Maxar Technologies values diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.