Mechanical Operations Engineer II

Job Description

All Orbits, All Planets – Join us on our journey

Gilmour Space is the leading Australian rocket company, pioneering next-generation hybrid propulsion technologies for small satellite launch vehicles.

As part of the Launch Vehicle Operations team, you will be responsible for the final testing and integration of launch vehicle stages and the execution of launch operations at our orbital launch site in Bowen, Queensland. You will also be responsible for the conduct of propulsion tests on liquid bi-propellant engines, hybrid rocket engines, electric pump feed systems, and all associated sub-systems. In this role you will collaborate closely with engineering and technical teams to develop and execute test plans, deliver upgrades and maintenance to propulsion test stands, and implement improvements to enhance the reliability and performance of various launch vehicle systems.

Why you should join our mission:

You will be joining a team that is working together to achieve the unimaginable for human access to space. You will be encouraged to reach your highest potential through continuous learning and embracing change. This role also offers:

  • Unique opportunity to join a rocket company based on the Bowen, Australia
  • Experience the buzz of working and contributing towards a rocket launch- Join the team now to be onboard in time for our launch date
  • Work in a passionate, vibrant and welcoming team that’s driven by its culture that emphasizes safety and conducts initiatives such as team BBQs
  • Expand your skills and knowledge into the innovative aerospace industry

How you will contribute to our mission in getting Australia to space:

The below is designed to give you an idea of the role you will play. There will be many more exciting and innovative things to do.

  • Complete integration activities of components, sub systems, and payloads on orbital and sub-orbital class launch vehicles.
  • Operate Ground Support Equipment and Ground Launch Systems during high level system testing.
  • Operation of and direction to teams operating test stands and infrastructure to efficiently, effectively and safely execute rocket engine and sub-system testing.
  • Develop and execute maintenance plans for test infrastructure, stands, and associated systems.
  • Prepare and conduct testing and test reviews in accordance with policies, plans and procedures.
  • Troubleshoot test systems and articles and perform root cause analysis
  • Assist/Lead research, development, qualification and acceptance tests of launch vehicle sub-systems.
  • Undertake explosive simulations and analysis for risk assessment and safety case development.
  • Develop and review procedures and checklist for executing testing and integration operations and maintenance.
  • Develop and review procedures for manufacturing and maintaining test components, assets and infrastructure
  • Other duties as requested by Management

Mandatory Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in an Engineering discipline
  • 5+ years of experience in propulsion, mechanical, fluid system design and analysis in a professional setting (excluding internships)
  • 1+ year experience with CAD designing parts and assemblies, or
  • 3+ years hands-on hardware experience performing fabrication, assembly, integration and testing of pressurised components and structures.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications
  • Ability to work well in an integrated team including daily interactions with technicians, engineers, and managers
  • Ability to rapidly change roles/responsibilities while working in a high-paced, challenging work environment

Desired Qualifications, Skills and Experience

We recognise you may not meet all of the below, but don’t let that deter you. We are always looking for hard workers to join our team, so what are you waiting for? Let’s send Australia to space!

  • 3+ years experience of professional experience in rocket propulsion or launch vehicle operations
  • 1+ year experience with at least one commercial FEA or Multiphysics simulation package
  • Knowledge of standards concerning the design of high-pressure fluid systems

How to Apply:

If you are a proactive team player with a passion to get Australia to space and a desire to succeed, please apply now by clicking the apply button and including your resume and cover letter or head to our website: CAREER | Gilmour Space Technologies | Rocket launch provider ( 

Gilmour Space Technologies is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all team members. We strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples for all positions.