Material Engineer

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.


PLD Space is seeking a highly skilled and experienced Material Engineer experienced in metals to join our dynamic team. 

The ideal candidate will have a strong background in non-destructive testing (NDT), with expertise in tomography and ultrasonic testing. This role involves the application of metallurgical engineering principles to design, develop, and improve our metal parts and products, with particular focus on the engine components. 

The candidate will be responsible for analysing and testing metals to determine their physical and chemical properties, as well as ensuring the quality and integrity of materials through advanced NDT techniques. Recruitment



  • Perform detailed materials characterization to understand microstructure, composition, and properties. 
  • Develop and apply NDT methods, with a focus on tomography and ultrasonic testing, for material inspection. 
  • Interpret test results and provide comprehensive reports on findings. 
  • Collaborate with the production team to improve material selection and processing. 
  • Lead failure analysis investigations and propose corrective actions. 
  • Ensure compliance with industry standards and environmental regulations. 
  • Conduct material selection and advise on metallurgical properties and performance. 
  • Develop and optimize metal treatment processes. 
  • Stay updated with the latest industry trends, technologies, and NDT techniques. 

Necessary Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering, Materials Science, or related field. 
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in metallurgy, with a focus on NDT. 
  • Proficiency in tomography and ultrasonic testing techniques. 
  • Solid understanding of materials science principles and metallurgical processes. 
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills. 
  • Excellent communication and report writing abilities. 
  • Familiarity with industry standards and safety regulations. 
  • Strong communication and teamwork abilities. 
  • Fluent written and oral communication both in Spanish and English. 
  • Experience with non-ferrous metals, in particular Copper and Nickel.

Desired Requirements

  • Advanced degree (master’s or PhD) in Metallurgical Engineering or related field. 
  • Certifications in NDT methods, especially in tomography and ultrasonic testing. 
  • Experience with CAD software and materials simulation tools. 
  • Previous experience in Aerospace Industry. 
  • Familiar with the main manufacturing technologies and capabilities 
  • Knowledge of the most common corrosion prevention rules and surface protection. 
  • Knowledge of the most common cryogenic (LOX) cleaning procedures. 
  • Knowledge of Cryogenic (LOX) manipulation. 
  • Familiar with Aerospace standard parts and typical light materials, metallic and non-metallic. 
  • An occasional need to travel with the role will be required. 
  • Self-motivated and able to work under pressure to meet deadlines, dealing with situations that are constrained by time and managing different tasks at once. 
  • Able to work autonomously with little supervision. 


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.