Propulsion Design Engineer, Feed Systems

Parque Industrial de Elche (Poligono Industrial), Spain

About PLD:

Founded in 2011, PLD Space is a high-tech engineering, manufacturing and service-driven company, with deep track record and expertise in space launch technologies.

We are a trusted global championing industry leader disrupting the pathway to space access. We are on a mission to reach new heights by making space more accessible, supporting missions that will make us smarter, safer and wealthier.

Our purpose is to propel new futures, to enable progress from space and enrich peoples’ lives on Earth, by moving new economies, people and world forward.


As a Propulsion Design Engineer (Feed) at PLD Space, your mission is to design and develop cutting-edge feed systems for our launch vehicles and spacecraft. Your role is pivotal in ensuring the performance, reliability, and efficiency of the feed, contributing to the success of our space missions.


  • Participate in system design and architecture of liquid rocket propulsion subsystem. Tasks include concept design, detail design and creation of 2D drawings, as well as design support to production and assembly. 
  • Design of main feed components. 
  • Design of support structures and additional subsystems elements. 
  • Conduct trade studies and evaluations of propulsion system configurations and technologies to support decision-making processes. 
  • Liaise with other engineering departments (Structures, M&P, Quality, etc.). 
  • Optimisation of design solutions and completion of assigned tasks “on time, on quality, on cost" via continuous improvement processes.  
  • Definition of materials and selection of standard parts in accordance with programme requirements.  
  • Creation of BOMs for production and assembly installation. 
  • Collaborate with suppliers and vendors for the procurement of propulsion system components, ensuring adherence to quality standards and technical specifications. 
  • Support manufacturing and assembly processes, providing technical guidance and resolving any design-related issues that arise during production. 
  • Contribute to the continuous improvement of propulsion system design methodologies, tools, and processes. 
  • Generate documentation, including user guides, guidelines and user manuals for internal customers use. 
  • Generate documentation for formal program development reviews.

Necessary Requirements

  • Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering Bachelor’s degree or demonstrable relevant experience in lieu thereof. 
  • > 3 years of relevant technical experience. 
  • Experience in design and routing of fluid systems. 
  • Experience in the application of DFM (Design for Manufacture). 
  • High degree of CAD competence and PDM tools.

Desired Requirements

  • Attention to detail and a commitment to producing high-quality design documentation, models, and drawings. 
  • Effective communication and collaboration skills to work within cross-functional teams and communicate design concepts and requirements. 
  • Strong organizational and time management skills to meet project deadlines and milestones. 
  • Ability to work independently and take ownership of propulsion system design tasks. 
  • Fluent written and oral communication both in Spanish and English. 

Desired Competencies

  • Previous experience in Aerospace Industry. 
  • Knowledge of the main manufacturing technologies and their capabilities. 
  • Experience in the design cryogenic systems. 
  • Experience in the use of 3D CAD systems: CATIA and/or Siemens NX. 
  • Experience in the use of PDM systems: Teamcenter, VPM, EPD, Optegra, Enovia, etc.


Health & Wellness: We want you to be happy and healthy in body and mind.  We encourage you to have regular physiotherapy sessions at our facilities so that you can continue with your physical activities. We offer partial coverage of your medical scheme covering you, your spouse or partner, and your children. 


Boost your creativity: Focus. Energy. Yummy snacks and those fizzy waters you love. It takes a lot to be creative all day, but we’ve got you covered. Eat local, sustainable, delectable fare at our cafes, and plunder our pantries for fresh fruit and other goodies whenever you need a boost. 


Engineering by doing: We encourage hands-on learning and foster internal mobility and team collaboration, with one-third of positions filled by current employees and one in five people promoted each year. 


Find balance: PLD Space offers 23 days of annual leave, 6 global wellbeing days, and public holidays. We prioritize worklife balance with flexible schedules, empowering teams to manage their own hours. We work hard here, so we encourage taking breaks to recharge, ensuring a healthy work environment. 


Never stop learning: At PLD Space, education and professional development is a priority. We offer extensive learning opportunities, from conferences and webinars to higher education programs and technical certifications. We encourage hands-on learning and foster internal mobility and team collaboration, with one-third of positions filled by current employees and one in five people promoted each year. 

Focus on your financial future: Flexible remuneration plan lets you allocate part of your salary to everyday expenses like lunch, nursery school or public transport, which are exempt from Personal Income Tax (IRPF) when paid through this system. 


We have four critical beliefs that guide the way PLD Space is shaping the future of space launch technologies. 

  • Teamwork. 
  • Hard work. 
  • Dynamism. 
  • Commitment. 
  • Keep it simple. 

Become part of our movement, enabling you to make change happen in your career and, above all, your life.