Rocket Engine Developer Hiring for Additive Manufacturing Jobs at YBI

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Ursa Major Technologies, a Colorado-based designer of rocket engines and propulsion solutions for the aerospace industry, looks to fill two additive manufacturing positions at its space in the Youngstown Business Incubator.

Links to the job opportunities were posted on the LinkedIn pages of the YBI and its entrepreneur in residence, Jim Cossler. The full-time positions are an Additive Manufacturing Development Engineer and Additive Manufacturing Technician.

The development engineer will be responsible for “laser powder bed fusion processes in support of development engine programs,” according to the job description. The candidate will oversee development lab buildout, parameter and process development, and part production and qualification. Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in materials, mechanical or aerospace engineering, and at least two years experience in laser powder bed fusion production and/or development.

The technician will be responsible for operation of laser powder bed fusion machines and related equipment. “You will establish and maintain standard operating procedures, uphold a high standard of continuous improvement, and be the hands-on expert for additive manufacturing at Ursa Major,” according to the job description.”

Minimum qualifications for the technician job include at least two years experience in manufacturing, strong hands-on experience with advanced manufacturing equipment and working knowledge of laser powder bed fusion.

“Congratulations to CEO and Founder Joe Laurienti and the entire Ursa Major team on the amazing company you have built,” Cossler wrote in his post. “We are thrilled to be working with you.”

Before founding Ursa Major, Laurienti worked as a propulsion engineer for Blue Origin and SpaceX.

The company declined to comment on details of the project at YBI.

According to a report by Space News in May, Ursa Major manufactures liquid engines for small rockets and looks to move into the medium-vehicle market. While the company has secured some commercial deals, none of its engines have flown to space yet, Space News reported.

Ursa Major currently makes two engines. The Hadley – named after George Hadley in “The Veldt” by Ray Bradbury – is a 5,000-pound thrust liquid oxygen and kerosene engine designed for small launchers.

The Ripley, named after Sigourney Weaver’s character in the “Alien” film series, is a 50,000-pound thrust liquid oxygen and kerosene engine that is currently in development, according to the company’s website.

Both engines are reusable and designed for low-Earth and geostationary orbit, while the Hadley can also be used for in-space and hypersonics.

An announcement is pending on a third engine that, according to the website, would use cryogenic and storable propellants.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.