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Posted: 10/5/2019
Job Reference #: 1442353
Keywords: engineer, modeling

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Position Location
Denver, CO

Job Description
United launch Alliance is seeking a Thermodynamics Engineer RS3 to join our team in Centennial, CO. We are looking for a proactive and experienced thermal analysis engineer to be a part of a world-class team in analyzing launch vehicle systems for the Atlas V, Delta IV, and Vulcan Rockets. The Thermodynamics Engineer RS-3 will also support the Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage (ICPS), which is an integral part of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS), as well as, the Commercial Crew program. This effort supports our mission to Save Lives, Explore the Universe, and Connect the World.

RS = Rocket Scientist

At ULA, it really is rocket science!
Are you interested in joining America's most experienced team of rocket scientists? Do you have what it takes to be a part of the most reliable rocket launch team - and soon the team to return humans to space from American soil? ULA is America's #1 space launch provider with 100% mission success on 126 consecutive launches. Our vision is to Save Lives, Explore the Universe and Connect the World.

The Thermodynamics Engineer RS3 will perform thermal analysis for the launch vehicle booster, upper stage and launch facility at both the detailed component level and at the systems level. Thermal analyses are performed for pre-launch, ascent, and on-orbit phases to verify the rocket designs will operate within prescribed temperature limitations, and to define thermal protection systems when needed. The Thermodynamics Engineer RS3 performs these analyses independently and will mentor other engineers in these type of analyses. This position requires interfacing with other technologies such as but not limited to Strength, Propulsion Analysis, Mechanical and Propulsion Design, and Avionics. The Thermodynamics Engineer RS3 develops analysis process improvements that reduce cost and risk and/or improve vehicle performance. The position requires aerospace thermal analysis experience and capabilities as well as an understanding of mechanical and propulsion engineering design concepts. The Thermodynamics Engineer RS3 develops specialized analytical tools as required to perform these functions. The position develops procedures and plans for thermal test programs when existing analytical capabilities are insufficient. This individual resolves thermal issues that arise due to operational use in the field during production and launch operations.

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External Additional Requirements
• Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical, Chemical or Aerospace Engineering with 4 to 8 years’ experience in thermal modeling and related analysis tools, designing aerospace thermal control systems, and supporting thermal testing. 
• Familiarity with spacecraft or upper stage pre-launch, ascent, and on-orbit thermal analysis and thermal design.  
• Proficient in performing thermal analyses utilizing Thermal Desktop, SINDA/FLUINT and SpaceClaim tools. 
• Ability to sanity check analysis results by performing heat transfer hand calculations and energy balances. 
• Proficient with MATLAB and Microsoft Office.

External Preferred Qualifications
• The ability to work with minimum supervision and solve complex problems independently by applying engineering principles and concepts. 
• Proactive to help drive intelligent designs, and collaborates well in a design and analysis team environment.
• Experience with CAD systems and software development is also desirable. 
• Ability to learn thermal analysis software tools quickly is necessary. 
• 8+ years of direct aerospace spacecraft or upper stage thermal analysis experience will set you apart from other candidates.
• Familiarity with spacecraft and/or launch vehicle structure (both cryogenic and non-cryogenic), avionics hardware, pressurization systems, feedline systems, propellant systems (both cryogenic and non-cryogenic) is desirable.

Functional Job Description
Safety to Self and Others: Must be able to perform all assigned tasks in a safe manner. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be exposed to repetitive motion injuries due to keyboarding or to cuts and bruises due to typical office accidents.

Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use computer and office equipment and to use hands to type, manipulate, handle, and feel; reach with hands and arms; talk; and hear. The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, and sit. The employee is occasionally required to climb, balance, bend, stoop, kneel, or crouch. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close –vision and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment: The noise level in the work environment is typical of most office environments with telephones, personal interruptions, and background noises.

Mental Functions: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate verbally and in writing and use interpersonal skills. The employee is regularly required to prioritize, multitask, analyze, interpret, coordinate, compile, evaluate, synthesize, compute, problem solve, concentrate, and think critically. The employee is occasionally required to copy, instruct, and negotiate.

Judgment and Decision-Making: Work is regularly assigned by self, supervisor, and departmental staff. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to exercise prudent judgment, decision making, and analytical skills to determine manner and operational steps necessary to properly handle inquiries and perform daily tasks within professional standards. Decision making is guided by ULA policies and procedures.

All tasks described in the job description must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. The duties and responsibilities listed are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of fundamental job duties and responsibilities does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment for the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Security Clearance / International Traffic In Arms Regulations (ITAR) This position requires use of information which is subject to the International Traffic In Arms Regulations (ITAR). Therefore, all applicants must be U.S. Persons as defined in ITAR 120.15 (e.g., U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident (Green Card holder) or protected individual. Also see 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(20) and 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3) for additional information.)

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