ABOUT FIREFLY AEROSPACE
Firefly Aerospace is a U.S. based advanced space technology developmental organization focusing on the leading edge of space systems progression. We are committed to providing economical and convenient access to space for small payloads through the design, manufacture, and operation of reliable launch vehicles. If you are great at what you do and would like to work with people who really want to make a difference, then Firefly is the place for you.
Thermal Responsible Engineers (REs) use their world-class analytical skills and expert knowledge of aircraft or launch vehicle heat transfer and thermal environments to perform analysis and design, build and test thermal protective barriers, coatings, materials, insulation, ducting and components for launch vehicle and spacecraft systems. In this process, Thermal REs will ensure that Firefly vehicles meet customer requirements and conform to external safety standards. Thermal REs are involved throughout the engineering process and therefore require excellent interdisciplinary communication skills.
- Participates in the full design cycle of the launch vehicle, including rocket systems, subsystems, and component design and layout, cavity purges, thermal protection, insulation, analysis, and test.
- Works with other responsible engineers, analysts, and systems engineering to define required design to meet mission criteria with respect to vehicle and component level thermal environments
- Designs thermal protection systems, vent ducting, thermal management systems and insulation required to keep critical components within operational ranges.
- Develop and perform experiments on thermal hardware developed to maintain temperatures of critical systems
- Document test results and use those to improve the performance impacts and costs of thermal systems
- Maintains and reports on activity, schedule, and technical status
- Responsible for reviewing the designs of peers and mentors less experienced engineers
- Works with other responsible engineers to determine instrumentation setup for testing and creates test plans
- B.S. degree in aerospace, mechanical, physics, or related field
- 2+ years of experience in thermal system design and component development for aircraft or launch vehicles
- Ability to effectively work in a multi-discipline team and provide technical guidance and insight
- Experience with thermal control technologies, insulation techniques and material choices, environmental control, and testing procedures
- Strong ability to perform first principles analysis of thermal requirements for first order design work.
- Strong design and integration skills using 3D CAD software (Autodesk Inventor preferable)
- M.S. degree in aerospace or mechanical engineering
- 3+ years of experience in thermal engineering of launch vehicles or spacecraft during all phases of conceptual design through flight
- Experience developing or improving thermal protection and insulation materials.
- Experience developing physical tests to correlate and validate analysis
- Demonstrated experience with Thermal Desktop or ANSYS
- Ability to view launch vehicle thermal environments from a program level to define flight analysis and validation plans
- Familiarity with range authority requirements contained within SMC-S-016 and RCC-319 and deriving thermal qualification levels for testing of avionics components
To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.
Firefly Aerospace, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with Firefly is governed based on merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.