Principal Rocket Propulsion/Launch Vehicle Engineer - Military veterans preferred

ManTech (


  full-time   employee

El Segundo
United States

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ManTech’s Air Force and Space Division is recruiting highly talented candidates to support a contract that provides “cradle to grave” support to the United States Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) Launch Systems Enterprise Directorate’s – National Security Space Launch (NSSL).

We assist the Air Force by supporting a multitude of areas, including Systems Engineering & Integration, Acquisition & Program Management Support, Mission Integration Management, System Safety & Environmental Engineering, Systems Security & Information Assurance, Launch Schedule and Risk Management, Certification of New Entrant Launch Vehicles.  

ManTech is seeking a talented and skilled Rocket Propulsion/Launch Vehicle Engineer for our El Segundo, CA office or remotely located near Kent, WA, in support of Air Force Launch Programs. In this role you will be assisting in all aspects of Government investment and acquisition processes, contract business support, and technical propulsion system and launch system analysis for developing and acquiring new/modified rocket propulsion systems and new/modified launch vehicles.

General responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Perform and analyze engineering and technical management information for the Air Force to gain insight into and assess the design, development, manufacturing, launch, sustainment, and modification of new/modified rocket propulsion systems and new/modified launch systems and subsystems.
  • Provide rocket propulsion engineering expertise for each of the new/modified rocket propulsion systems and/or launch systems and subsystems and launch facilities being developed in association with the National Security Space Launch (NSSL) (formerly Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV)) Phase 2 acquisition.
  • Assist developing new/modified rocket propulsion and launch systems development investment and acquisition strategies and Requests for Proposals (RFPs), including Statement of Objectives, requirements, instructions to offerors, evaluation criteria, and model contract provisions.
  • Acquire and maintain cognizance of new/modified rocket propulsion and launch subsystems and component-level risks and issues. Track the status of new/modified rocket propulsion system and launch systems/subsystems and component-level risk mitigation activities and report on the status of mitigation activities to the Government.
  • Evaluate Rocket Propulsion and Launch System Contractors methods, processes, and techniques in accordance with established Government/Contractor shared investment arrangements and recommend improvements to subsystem/component design, performance, reliability/maintainability, and supportability.
  • Analyze Air Force requirements to determine whether existing and/or new/modified NSSL program-related infrastructure (e.g., Launch Vehicle contractor, Government, and commercial) is capable of meeting NSSL Phase 2 and beyond launch needs. Recommend changes to existing and/or new/modified rocket propulsion and launch systems that could take advantage of identified and existing Government or Commercial infrastructures and meet Government launch requirements. Analyze existing and/or new/modified launch infrastructure for supportability issues to include parts obsolescence, corrosion control, facility refresh/refurbishment, and other support issues.


  • The candidate must have, at minimum, Bachelor of Science from an ABET accredited college with an emphasis in one or more of the following engineering disciplines: propulsion, structures, engines, avionics, and software; preferably in connection with launch vehicle or satellite systems, or a related field.
  • In addition, the candidate should have a minimum of ten (10) years industry experience in the specific engineering discipline with B.S. Degree. Higher education (MS, PhD) can be substituted for minimum years of experience requirements. Technical experience and training (i.e., military technical training, vocational training, and unique experience) may be substituted for degree requirements.
  • Position requires, at a minimum, a Secret or the ability to obtain a Secret Clearance within 6 months of established start date.
  • This position requires demonstrated initiative, sound judgment, and effective decision-making. Applicant will also be able to demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills, ability to work with others in a team setting, and proficiency with MS Office products to include Project, Power Point, Excel and collaborative software products such as MS SharePoint.
  • Occasional travel (10%) to CONUS locations is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Additional training in contract/federal acquisition law preferred.
  • Background in government acquisition and/or government contracting strongly desired.


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