Principal Manufacturing Engineer, COPVs @ Relativity Space - Long Beach, CA

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Principal Manufacturing Engineer, COPVs

Relativity SpaceLong Beach, CA
24 days ago

Company Overview:

A rocket company at the core, Relativity Space is on a mission to become the next great commercial launch company. Meeting the needs of a growing demand for space infrastructure, our rockets will revolutionize how we connect and communicate on Earth by getting satellites to space. We have developed a vertically integrated technology platform in which we leverage additive manufacturing, artificial intelligence, and autonomous robotics to 3D print rockets. Our unique approach enables rapid product iteration, allowing us to push the boundaries of what's possible today and unlock the full potential of 3D printing for tomorrow. Join us on this extraordinary journey, as we work together to transform our vision into reality.


The Manufacturing team at Relativity Space is currently deep in manufacturing trades and process development for Terran R, our next generation, fully re-useable rocket. This team has a wide variety of responsibilities—from determining the most efficient factory floor layout, to developing and implementing complex tooling and processes, and even interfacing with the vehicle engineering team to heavily influence the design of the rocket. Unique to Relativity, you will get to work across many teams to iterate and support Relativity's first-of-its-kind 3D printing software and robotics technology.

We are looking for an experienced Principal Manufacturing Engineer to spearhead onboarding the COPV product line for the Terran R vehicle. You will act as the subject matter expert for the entire lifecycle of the COPV, working with design engineering and supply chain to onboard world-class suppliers that can support our audacious mission. You will own the relationship between the engineering development, supply chain, and production teams in building a stellar COPV product line to support our fully reusable Terran R vehicle. The success of Relativity depends on the quality, reliability, cost, manufacturability, throughput, safety, and user experience of the products that you deliver.

What you’ll do:

  • Own the manufacturing value chain for COPVs at Relativity Space.
  • Develop process flow for the COPV lifecycle, breaking down into a logical part flow of subassembly processing stations and sub-processes.
  • Author documentation for standard handling and processing of COPVs (Damage Control Plan)
  • Partner with contract manufacturers to develop repeatable, sustained processes for rapid development that scale to full-rate production.
  • Closely collaboration with in-house component designers, manufacturing engineers, and integration engineers to stand-up a holistic processing ecosystem for COPV processing and integration onto the Terran R launch vehicle.
  • Manage projects including vendor selection, fabrication, inspection, equipment installation, and commissioning of tooling for large, CapEx projects.
  • Set, implement, and maintain schedules and budgets to ensure project completion to support launch manifest.
  • As required, travel to suppliers to do initial sourcing work, solve ongoing production issues, and implement quality procedures.

What you need to know:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in manufacturing engineering, mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering or equivalent.
  • 10+ years of work or project experience with design, build, and commissioning of tooling and fixtures for manufacturing, assembly, and test.
  • Proven experience managing external suppliers through NPI and throughput production development.
  • Experience driving failure investigation efforts, root cause analysis and implementation of corrective action(s).
  • Working Knowledge of general assembly and test procedures, including tolerance stack-up analysis, structural proof testing and pressurized leak and proof testing.
  • Expert level knowledge in manufacturing and testing COPV or equivalent composite high-pressure rated aerospace hardware.
  • Experience in strategic buildout and project management of tooling supporting production.

Nice to haves but not required:

  • Experience in a startup or agile development environment.
  • Strong expertise in design for manufacturability and design for assembly including experience taking products from prototype design to production.
  • Experience in designing production lines for high-volume, low-mix assemblies.
  • Ability to thrive in the presence of ambiguity and be able to make informed decisions to continually drive forward progress.
  • Experience with Siemens NX and Teamcenter PLM software.
  • Experience with launch vehicle systems.

Relativity Space offers competitive salary and equity, a generous vacation policy, an annual L&D stipend and more!

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

The below-range represents Relativity Space’s current good-faith pay scale for this role. Relativity Space reserves the right to modify or update this range at any time.

Compensation is only one part of our entire total rewards package. To see some of the benefits & perks we offer, please visit here:
Hiring Range:
$190,000—$249,000 USD