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Principal Aerospace Engineer

Seattle, WA 98199

Posted: 07/12/2022 Employment Type: Direct Hire Industry: Other Area(s) Job Number: 25868

Job Description

Position Title: Principal Aerospace Engineer
Position Description: Protingent has a Direct Hire opportunity for a Principal Aerospace Engineer with our client located in Seattle, WA

  • Develop concepts and designs of nuclear thermal propulsion, fission surface power, and radioisotope heat source hardware
  • Develop components and systems from the definition of system requirements, through design and development, manufacturing, test, verification and validation, and flight operations
  • Proactively mentor junior engineers to encourage growth and ensure performance
  • Define and enforce mechanical engineering processes across programs
  • Analyze the performance of complex nuclear systems, creating models that tie together subsystems, each with their own requirements and performance characteristics, to understand dependencies and system performance
  • Analyze the thermo-structural performance of components to assess the impacts of thermal loading, vibration, pressure, and other loads
  • Create manufacturable design drawings and component specifications
  • Provide mechanical expertise during planning and concept stages to concepts and proposals
  • Develop test plans, design test infrastructure, and execute tests during development test campaigns
  • Communicate with parts manufacturers and/or coordinate purchase of off-the-shelf hardware
  • Document design decisions and write technical reports
  • Provide engineering perspective to program management activities, estimate resource utilization and needs, and help build a program plan to manage the product development


  • B.S. or M.S. in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering or equivalent
  • 10 or more years of experience, primarily within the aerospace engineering field
  • Commitment to an inclusive and collaborative team environment
  • Passion for advancing the commercial space industry and human spaceflight through technology development and nurturing the next generation of engineers
  • Demonstrated ability to be self-motivated by proactively identifying, prioritizing, and executing tasks in a fast-moving environment
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate technical information to high-level stakeholders and customers
  • Experience designing safety-critical components in nuclear, aerospace, medical, or other highly regulated, high-consequence applications
  • Experience in full life-cycle development (concept through verification) of mechanical system hardware within a complex system or product, with a strong preference for nuclear, power (electrical), or aerospace systems.
  • Experience defining and executing system test campaigns, including data reduction and analysis
  • Proficiency in assembly and component design in CAD (preferably NX)
  • Proficiency in GD&T (Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing)
  • Proficiency in FEA/FEM for static, dynamic, and/or thermal analysis of mechanical systems (preferably in Simcenter 3D)
  • Experience in hands-on hardware design, analysis, prototyping, fabrication, and assembly


About Protingent: Protingent is a niche provider of top Engineering and IT talent to Software, Electronics, Medical Device, Telecom and Aerospace companies nationwide. Protingent exists to make a positive impact and contribution to the lives of others as well as our community by providing relevant, rewarding and exciting work opportunities for our candidates.


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