NASA Aerospace Propulsion Engineers are experts in all aspects of propulsion systems. This is a critical position within the space program as all aerospace vehicles rely in some degree on propulsion methods to power them into space. Aerospace Propulsion Engineers design not only the systems that power the spacecraft, but also the systems that control them. Propulsion engineers design and develop liquid engines, solid motors, nuclear and electric propulsion, attitude control thrusters, and air breathing engines. The range of such propulsion systems covers large and high powered boosters to deceleration motors, all of which are mission critical capabilities that spacecraft must have to operate successfully.
Aerospace Propulsion Engineers must constantly educate themselves on new and emerging technologies. Because much of their work is cutting edge, they must be especially creative in thinking out of the box and finding solutions to complex issues and problems.
Applicants must be United States citizens. At minimum, a four-year physical science, engineering, life sciences, computer science, mathematics, or related fields from an accredited university or college is required, though a PhD is preferred. Applicants must pass a background investigation as a condition of employment.
NASA will provide some training on the job.
This position often requires a lot of traveling. Transportation expenses on behalf of the job may be covered.
Salary and Benefits
NASA benefits include sick leave, short and long term disability protection, life and travel insurance, an employee assistance program, annual leave, paid Federal holidays, and a retirement plan.
$123,556.00 – $152,000.00