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Thermal Analysis Engineer

El Segundo, CA

As a Thermal Analysis Engineer you will develop thermal models and implement thermal management solutions while working closely with a fast-paced, agile team that strives to make a high-performance spacecraft from a clean sheet design.


  • Develop and maintain thermal models of spacecraft, systems, and components
  • Determine appropriate physical properties and boundary conditions
  • Analyze test data to determine model accuracy and improve model fidelity
  • Collaborate with design engineers to implement effective thermal management strategies
  • Communicate with suppliers to determine thermal properties/requirements of components
  • Document thermal analyses and designs

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in mechanical or aerospace engineering
  • 3+ years of experience in thermal design
  • Proficiency in CAD software with ability to learn new tools
  • Capable of performing structural and thermal analysis in support of design
  • Extensive understanding of different mechanisms of heat transfer
  • In order to be successful in this role, you should be someone who thrives in ambiguity and is able to lead their own projects into completion
  • Demonstrated experience working collaboratively across teams
  • Ability to communicate technical challenges, explain rationale and/or resolve concerns

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Graduate work in numerical methods or heat transfer
  • Creative solutions to complex problems
  • Experience with successful thermal management strategies
  • Experience with Star CCM+ or ANSYS Fluent
  • Prior experience with spacecraft design
  • Experience working on a launch vehicle or satellite development effort
  • Experience in a startup or agile development environment

Additional Requirements:

  • Flexible schedule and willing to travel as needed
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