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Propulsion Engineer

Propulsion Engineer

We are currently seeking propulsion engineers for multiple positions at Aurora Flight Sciences to join the Power & Propulsion Group at our Research and Development Center in Cambridge, MA. The group supports propulsion-related aspects of the development of advanced aircraft ranging from small unmanned aerial systems to large commercial transports, and conducts research on novel power and propulsion system concepts. The successful candidate will support ongoing programs concerned with the design of highly integrated air vehicle propulsion systems. Typical candidates will have an engineering degree from an accredited university and experience in the aerospace or power industry.

Specific Responsibilities:

Define power and propulsion system requirements for advanced aircraft concepts

Support aerodynamic, mechanical, thermal, or electric analysis, design, and test of integrated product components

Communicate information about power and propulsion system design, requirements, and performance between the design team, management, customer, subcontractors, and vendors

Present analytical and experimental data, and recommendations based on findings

Work as part of an interdisciplinary team to develop, propose, and execute research programs on novel aerospace propulsion and power systems

Minimum Requirements 

  • BS in aerospace, mechanical, or electrical engineering or related field from an accredited university
  • 5+ years of industry experience in one or more of the following areas
    • Gas turbines and turbomachinery
    • Propulsion-airframe integration, inlet and nozzle design
    • Distributed power system integration
    • Propeller aerodynamic and mechanical design
  • Strong English written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated success in a highly collaborative environment
  • Ability to support multiple activities with competing priorities and deadlines
  • Must be willing to relocate to Boston area and work onsite
  • Must be a US Citizen or Legal US Permanent Resident

Highly Desired Qualifications 

  • MS or PhD in aerospace, mechanical, or electrical engineering or related field from an accredited university or equivalent industry experience
  • Engine or electric system thermal management
  • Electric systems: batteries, power electronics, electric machines, hybrid gen sets and drive trains


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What’s the vibe like in the office?

I look forward to coming into work every day, because the office is abuzz with excitement and innovation. Everyone is working on new things and pushing the boundaries of aerospace. The hallway chatter ranges from topics in advanced aerodynamics to when the next rock-climbing meet-up will be. I imagine this is how NASA felt during the space race.


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Aurora is committed to solving challenging technical problems across the aerospace industry. Our team is focused on providing core functions that enable certifiable autonomy in practice, from autonomous threat detection/mitigation to planning, estimation, and control of optionally piloted aircraft in unstructured environments.


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What makes someone successful on your team?

To be successful one has to be an optimist and take initiative. We are working on projects that have not been done before so every new idea or approach needs to be welcomed with creativity and an open mind. Learning is endless here, but it is up to the individual to ask questions and take ownership of their work.

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How do you empower your team to be more creative?

At Aurora creativity is a necessity. Most of our projects are at the cutting edge of what’s possible and require solving one or more engineering problems that have never before been solved before. It’s in our DNA and we encourage this from Day 1.


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How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

This is where you get to work with the smartest people, across every discipline, on a multitude of trailblazing products. This is where your voice will always be heard. This is where you will be encouraged to try everything. This is where you want to be.


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