Operation & Test Benches Design Engineer

Operation & Test Benches Design Engineer

The Exploration Company

Turin, Italy

We are seeking a talented Operation & Test Benches Design Engineer to join our propulsion systems division. As a key member of our engineering team, you will be responsible for coordinating the activity related to all ground facilities necessary to develop, qualify and operated an High Thrust cryogenic re-usable rocket engines.

Key Responsibilities

As the Operation & Test Benches Design Engineer, your responsibilities will include:

  • Lead the design and development for cryogenic ground operation facilities and test benches for reusable rocket engine testing, qualification and production operation (pass-off test).
  • Specify and integrate cryogenic fluid handling systems, including pumps, valves, and plumbing, to support rocket engine testing.
  • Conduct detailed engineering analyses to ensure safety, reliability, and efficiency of cryogenic systems under operational conditions.
  • Collaborate with multidisciplinary teams to integrate ground operation facilities and test benches into overall launch site infrastructure.
  • Consider environmental impact factors in the selection of location for ground operation facilities, minimizing ecological disruption and optimizing resource utilization.
  • Work closely with propulsion engineers to understand engine requirements and translate them into test bench specifications.
  • Utilize CAD software (e.g., SolidWorks, CATIA) to create detailed designs and engineering drawings for ground support equipment.
  • Select appropriate materials and components for cryogenic applications, considering performance and compatibility with propellants.
  • Coordinate with vendors and suppliers to procure equipment and components for ground operation facilities.
  • Develop and execute test plans, including setup, instrumentation, data acquisition, and safety protocols.
  • Ensure compliance with technical specifications, industry standards, and regulatory requirements.
  • Support operations and maintenance of ground support equipment during rocket engine testing campaigns.

What we would love to see from you

In the role of Operation & Test Benches Design Engineer ideally, you will have the following:

  • Master’s degree or higher in Aerospace Engineering, or related field; advanced degree (Masters or PhD) preferred.
  • Proven experience (3+ years) in cryogenic system design and development, with a focus on ground support equipment and test bench for rocket propulsion.
  • Strong understanding of fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, and materials science related to cryogenic applications.
  • Experience with cryogenic fluid handling systems, including pumps, valves, and instrumentation.
  • Knowledge of safety protocols and best practices for handling cryogenic fluids and operating test facilities.
  • Experience using CAD to design parts/assemblies is an asset.
  • Fluent in English. Italian is an asset.

Skills and Behaviours:

  • Ability to work equally well unsupervised or as part of a team.
  • Strong organising and prioritisation of tasks.
  • Positive and flexible attitude to get the job done.
  • Ability to communicate at all levels of the business.

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