Launch Engineer - Fluids Ground Support Equipment

Firefly Aerospace

Firefly Aerospace

Customer Service
Posted on Saturday, May 20, 2023


Firefly Aerospace Inc. is an American end-to-end space transportation company committed to providing economical and convenient access to space for small payloads through the design, manufacture, and operation of reliable launch and spacecraft vehicles.

We are achieving this by supporting a work culture that empowers employees to dream big as they enable new technology innovations with game-changing efficiencies in LEO, on the Moon, and beyond. We are looking for incredibly passionate, bright innovators to join our team as we deliver game changing commercial products to space.


Firefly FGSE engineers are responsible for collaborating with other departments to design, operate and maintain launch infrastructure to meet established requirements and determine additional requirements as necessary. The launch team will be instrumental in the design and construction of a new, cutting-edge launch site, and will support launch operations from the control room. There will also be opportunities to travel to other launch sites and our headquarters as part of your duties. The ideal candidate for this position possesses proven skills operating in dynamic environments with multi-disciplinary teams, as well as a keen ability to solve technical problems.

This position requires collaboration with managers, engineers, technicians, and customers to support mission objectives and complete various process and regulatory documentation. To support our growing workforce at Cape Canaveral, this role will have opportunities for advancement to a Lead Engineer or Engineering Manager within 6-12 months of start date.


  • Design, install, and maintain launch support systems, including fluids Ground Support Equipment
  • Support launch-day console and red-team operations as required
  • Lead design reviews and operations readiness reviews
  • Plan and coordinate launch site projects with local and offsite staff
  • Troubleshoot and resolve issues and non-conformances that arise during operations, and support failure and anomaly investigations
  • Work with test site and launch site responsible engineers and technicians to optimize system designs and operations
  • Write and execute procedures to support the operation and maintenance of fluids systems
  • Support development of company processes, guidelines, and training
  • Direct the work of other Fluids and Mechanical GSE team members and support hiring efforts
  • Requires up to 25% travel to test and launch sites to support the overall program needs



  • Bachelors’ degree in mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, or related engineering discipline is preferred. Relevant experience and demonstrated technical ability without degree are also acceptable
  • 3+ years of recent experience supporting fluid and mechanical systems for aerospace ground systems, aerospace vehicle systems, or oil and gas facilities
  • Able to prioritize and execute tasks in a high pressure fast-paced environment
  • Strong background in fluids design principals, including fluid dynamics, P&ID design, and specification of components
  • Hands on mechanical experience


  • Familiarity with data acquisition and control methods, and data analysis tools
  • Strong understanding of first-principles in mechanical and structural design
  • 5+ years of recent experience supporting fluid and mechanical systems for aerospace ground systems, aerospace vehicle systems, or oil and gas facilities
  • Experience with engineering standards and best practices such as ASME, NFPA, NEC, and AFSPCMAN 91-710
  • Familiarity with Bitbucket and Atlassian products, including Confluence and Jira
  • Experience building, troubleshooting or operating complex fluid or mechanical systems
  • Able to prioritize and execute tasks in a high pressure fast-paced environment
  • Experience working with skilled technicians

Additional Requirements

  • Ability to pass Space Force background check for Cape Canaveral SFS, FL and Vandenberg SFB, CA
  • Up to 25% travel required
  • Must be comfortable stooping and bending, as well as standing for long periods of time to support test and launch day operations.
  • Ability to operate machinery such as forklifts and boom lifts a plus.
  • Must be able to work in varying climate environments, heat, cold, rain.
  • Must be able to lift and carry 30 pounds unassisted.

Firefly offers outstanding benefits for our employees, including generous health, dental and vision plans with low plan deductibles, parental leave, educational reimbursement, short term disability, and flexible PTO options.

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

Firefly Aerospace, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with Firefly is governed based on merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.