Benchmark Space Systems, a leader in small satellite propulsion systems and in-space mobility services, is seeking an experienced Propulsion Design Engineer to join our growing team. Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, and at least 5 years of relevant professional experience. This role is based out of Benchmark’s Burlington, VT or Pleasanton, CA facilities however we may consider remote work for highly qualified applicants.

This position is part of a small team responsible for the mechanical design of Benchmark’s propulsion product offerings. The Propulsion Design Engineer will work with an interdisciplinary group of engineers to develop new propulsion systems from concept generation to hardware delivery, as well as work to improve existing system and component designs. The role requires a strong understanding of mechanical design and analysis principles, ability to generate production-ready prints and models, and aptitude for creative, rapid problem-solving.


  • Develop mechanical designs at both the component and system level from early concept through production
  • Work with Electrical and Software Engineers to incorporate control electronics and telemetry into mechanical designs
  • Collaborate with Analysis and Test Engineers to validate designs
  • Identify and communicate with vendors to source commercially available components and to manufacture custom designs
  • Work with Production Engineers to build and troubleshoot designs
  • Contribute to all aspects of the design process including requirements development, design reviews, component sourcing, test plan development, and design revision

Required Qualifications:

  • BS in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or a related field
  • 5+ years professional experience in a mechanical design engineering role within the space industry
  • Proficiency with CAD software (SolidWorks preferred)
  • Proficiency in basic mechanical analysis, including both hand calculations and use of simulation tools (e.g. Solidworks Simulation, ANSYS)
  • Experience generating engineering drawings and models for production
  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary team on system requirements and design development
  • Due to federal contract obligations and ITAR restrictions, must be a US citizen

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 5-10 years experience designing satellite propulsion systems
  • Experience in fluid handling systems design
  • Strong understanding of DFM principles and manufacturing methods for both traditional machining and additive manufacturing
  • Familiarity with GD&T principles and implementation
  • Experience taking complex mechanical designs from concept through production and testing
  • Experience with tubing and electrical routing
  • Familiarity designing in accordance with aerospace industry standards


  • Health insurance (100% coverage for individuals, 80% for families)
  • 401(k) with employer match
  • Flexible schedule and opportunity for remote work
  • Unlimited vacation