Feb 2019: We have an opening for an intern! Get hands-on experience in this groundbreaking new technology.

Job Posting Title: Propulsion Engineer Intern

Job Location: Cocoa, FL

Travel Percentage: 0%

Hours: Flexible, from 5 – 20 hours/week during the spring semester.  Follow-on summer internships will be available.

Required Security Clearance: None (ITAR Eligible)

Job Description:

You will be part of a team of driven and enthusiastic engineers working to prototype, design, develop, and test innovative new hybrid rocket engines for our Intrepid-1 small launch vehicle. During this internship, you will also be working on RCI’s Hybrid Motor Baseline sounding rocket which will be launched later in the year.

You should be comfortable working in a fast-paced and often uncertain environment, contributing to innovative solutions, while demonstrating personal leadership, technical competence, and attention to detail. A willingness to branch outside your comfort zone is essential… we’re a small fast-paced company and everyone pitches in when needed. This is an opportunity to get in near the ground floor of an expanding space launch startup and have a direct impact on the development and production of a completely new space launch vehicle.

This is an unpaid internship.  However, interns will receive RCI stock based on total hours worked.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities: (Duties and responsibilities which occupy a major portion of time and importance in the job. Incumbent(s) perform one or more of the following duties.)

  • Work in teams and individually in the research, prototype development, and testing (analytical and experimental) of hybrid rocket engines.
  • Assist in the design, assembly, test, and flight of a sounding rocket to flight test RCI’s hybrid rocket engines.
  • Support hybrid rocket engine component and assembly design.
  • Execute techniques, procedures, and criteria required for detailed testing of hybrid rocket engine designs.
  • Analyze component and engine test data and support subsequent data reviews.
  • Assist in detailed analysis of hybrid rocket engine systems and individual components and provide recommendations for correction or improvement.
  • Support configuration design studies and development of prototype systems.
  • Perform other duties as required.

Minimum Education and Experience: Current student pursuing a BSci or higher in Aerospace Engineering or another relevant engineering discipline.  Entry-level position.

Required Skills and Education:

  • Knowledge of the rocket engine design cycle including trade studies, design and analysis, production, assembly, test support and data review.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with data analysis and data processing
  • Ability to read and interpret engineering standards and technical requirements and apply configuration management procedures.
  • Ability to communicate technical information effectively.
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (current Green Card holder) or be granted status as a “protected person” under 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3).

Preferred Skills and Education:

  • Strong technical fundamentals in propulsion, fluids, thermodynamics, and combustion analysis
  • Working knowledge of hybrid rocket engine design and function.
  • Familiar with SolidWorks FLOW or similar CFD software.
  • Familiar with MATLAB or similar software.
  • Familiar with LabView or similar software.

Rocket Crafters is an equal opportunity employer. Interested applicants should submit their resume in confidence, together with a short cover letter, to Eric Witcher, V.P. Administration, eric.witcher@rocketcrafters.com.


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