Dawn Aerospace



Our new class of vehicles will provide responsive, low cost hypersonic, suborbital and orbital access. We are leveraging the latest in design and manufacturing while working in a world leading regulatory framework.

Spacecraft Propulsion Engineer


Dawn Aerospace is recruiting a spacecraft propulsion engineer to join our New Zealand team. Dawn Aerospace is developing world leading in-space propulsion technology for small satellites.

In this role, you will help shape the future of space propulsion and will contribute to the success of our customers’ missions across commercial, scientific and interplanetary spacecraft.

Dawn is looking for highly-skilled team members keen to work in dynamic and challenging environments. You will be given ownership of goals from start-to-finish. You must have the ability and desire to work in a young company. If you want a smooth and routine role, this is not for you. We believe in giving you the tools you need, then getting out of your way.

Initially, this role will predominantly involve core engineering. In future, there is the opportunity for the right candidates to grow into a program, product and/or department leadership position. 

This role may require travel to our branch in the Netherlands.


  • Design, analysis, manufacture, integration and testing of propulsion system componentry.

  • Support mechanical, electrical, and fluid integration of vehicle propulsion subsystems including liquid rocket engines, propellant tanks, and pressurisation systems.

  • Develop and execute test procedures for verification and validation of systems and components, including qualification and acceptance testing.

  • System sizing, component selection and vendor management.

  • Support the commercial and management team in sizing, planning, scheduling and budgeting of spacecraft propulsion projects

Required skills and experience:

  • A degree from a top university, in aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, or similar.

  • Prior experience in design, development and testing of chemical propulsion systems.

  • Computer aided design, preferably Solidworks.

  • Finite element modelling and optimisation with tools such as ANSYS or Abaqus.

  • Computational fluid dynamics with tools such as ANSYS CFX/ Fluent.

  • Project and/or program management.

  • Proven oral and written communication skills and the ability to build strong working relationships with colleagues and engineering professionals.

  • Capable of working effectively as part of a team as well as autonomously

  • The ability to take a flexible approach and to adapt to change quickly and positively.

  • Fluent in English.

  • Effectively and appropriately balance performance, resource use, risk, cost, and schedule.


Desired skills and experience:

  • Test automation experience using LabView

  • Manufacturing and production experience

  • Experience and familiarity with space system qualification testing such as vibration, shock and thermal vacuum testing.

  • Experience with MATLab.

We are looking for candidates who can take initiative and work with minimal direction. If you are highly motivated and looking for exciting, innovative and challenging work, please submit your resume and cover letter to careers @dawnaerospace.com