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GSE & Tooling System Engineer - Advanced Development Programs

Blue Origin
United States, Florida, Merritt Island
June 19, 2022

We are a diverse team of collaborators, doers, and problem-solvers who are relentlessly committed to a culture of safety. This position will directly impact the history of space exploration and will require your commitment and detailed attention towards safe and repeatable space flight. Join us in lowering the cost of access to space and enabling Blue Origin's vision of millions of people living and working in space to benefit Earth.

As part of a diverse and hardworking team of engineers, you will contribute to the definition and development of spacecraft Tooling and Ground Support Equipment (GSE). We are looking for Tooling & GSE System Engineer of all skill levels as we expand our portfolio of space vehicles. You should be comfortable working in a fast-paced and often uncertain environment, contributing to innovative solutions, while demonstrating personal leadership, technical competence, and attention to detail. As Tooling & GSE System Engineer, you must be a strong advocate for design for manufacturing and operations and will support Tooling/GSE development of spacecrafts throughout the program lifecycle. Your work will be key to ensure critical hardware is delivered on-time.

Responsibilities will include

  • Identify critical Tooling/GSE required for the assembly, integration, and test of spacecrafts

  • Develop Tooling/GSE concepts, Concept of Operations (CONOPS) and perform initial sizing and dimensioning.

  • Collaborate with RE's (Responsible Engineers), System Engineers, and procurement Project Managers to develop, execute procurement packages.

  • Provide Schedule and Budget inputs to the program

  • Provide recommendations to Manufacturing Engineers, supporting Build & Flow development and manufacturing development needs.

  • Generate requirements and Interface Control Model for Tooling/GSE with facility and space vehicle.

  • Perform trade with vehicle level and subsystem to design for manufacturing and operation.

  • Write performance specification, fabrication specifications, acceptance & test plan, maintenance plan and Statement of Work.

  • Provide technical and interface support throughout the procurement of Tooling/GSE (Request for Proposal, Vendor selection, Design, Build, and Commissioning)


  • Passion for Blue Origin's mission: Millions of people living and working in space!

  • B.S./B.A. degree in mechanical, structural, civil, or aerospace engineering

  • Experience with Design for Manufacture/Integration principles

  • Mechanical design experience using CAD (Creo/Windchill or CATIA preferred), hand calculations and FEA (ANSYS preferred) tools.

  • Experience managing suppliers during design, procurement and build cycles of multi-million $ tooling and related components.

  • Background in development, construction, and installation of complex structural and mechanical systems (e.g. launch vehicle GSE, aerospace tooling, oil/gas, movable structures, spacecraft mechanical systems, lifting fixtures, etc).

  • Understanding of mechanical and structural systems analysis methods and failure modes.

  • Broad experience in hardware manufacturing: assembly, integration, instrumentation, cleaning, non-destructive testing, leak testing, final acceptance testing of integrated hardware, fabrication, machining, etc.

  • Experience with configuration management, requirements management processes, requirements change processes, risk management processes

  • Experience in prioritizing hardware procurement and fabrication and communicating these priorities to the team

  • Proven ability building trusting and effective working relationships that improve team performance and deliver results

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Strong organizational and analytical skills

  • Strong digital literacy (MS Office, MS Project, MS Visio, and Agile Management tools such as Jira, Confluence or Air Table)

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or national, U.S. permanent resident (current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum.


  • Familiar with ASME Y14 series specifications including ASME Y14.5 Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing (GD&T).

  • Familiarity with PLC and motion control systems

  • Familiarity with hazardous operations

  • Familiarity with pneumatic and hydraulic systems

  • Familiar with engineering organizations such as ASME, AISC, ASCE, AWS, OSHA, NFPA, NIST, ANSI, UL; and their applicable standards.

  • Experience with Build/Flow creation and driving a product from concept to completion

  • Proven record in a wide variety of hardware fabrication including but not limited to: machining, welding, assembly, bonding/adhesives, composite fab, test support, critical lifts

  • Hands on experience with building hardware

  • Experience across multiple portions of the product life cycle of spacecraft, launch-vehicle, or high-performance aircraft systems

  • Experience with Primavera (P6), DOORS, CREO, CATIA, Windchill, Jules, Coupa

  • Project Management certification (PMP/Certified Project Manager)

Export Control Regulations

Applicants for employment at Blue Origin must be a U.S. citizen or national, U.S. permanent resident (i.e. current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Blue Origin is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to attracting, retaining, and developing a highly qualified, diverse, and dedicated work force. Blue Origin hires and promotes people on the basis of their qualifications, performance, and abilities. We support the establishment and maintenance of a workplace that fosters trust, equality, and teamwork, in which all employees recognize and appreciate the diversity of individual team members. We provide all qualified applicants for employment and employees with equal opportunities for hire, promotion, and other terms and conditions of employment, regardless of their race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin/ethnicity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic factors, military/veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, and/or local law. Blue Origin will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable federal, state, and local laws. For more information on "EEO Is the Law," please see here and here.

Blue Origin will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Washington Fair Chance Act, Los Angeles Fair Chance in Hiring Ordinance, and other applicable laws.

Affirmative Action and Disability Accommodation

Applicants wishing to receive information on Blue Origin's Affirmative Action Plans, or applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in the application and/or interview process, please contact us at .


Employee Benefits include: Medical, dental, vision, basic and supplemental life insurance, short and long-term disability and 401(k) with up to 5% company match.

Paid Time Off: Provides up to 4 weeks per year, in addition to 14 holidays

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