Propulsion and mechanical systems engineer

Engineering - Richmond, CA

Natilus is seeking a propulsion and mechanical systems engineer to join the engineering team. The propulsion and mechanical systems engineer will be responsible for integrating two P&W PT6A engines into the airframe. The engineer will design, build, and test prototype experimental aircraft in a fast-paced research and development environment, and with significant vertical responsibility. The work will span preliminary design, part and assembly design, system design, manufacturing support, and flight test engineering support. Typically this work requires the integration of all engine systems into the aircraft.

Natilus is building a large 18,000lb unmanned aerial vehicle powered by twin turbo props. It is a blended wing body with the sole purpose of carrying cargo. It will be the first of its kind and the first BWB put into production.


·        Work in a small engineering team environment supporting the integration of a P&W PT6A turboprop engine into a clean sheet aircraft design

·        Perform preliminary and detail design of fuel systems, fire suppression systems, and mechanical control systems

·        Select and manage third party vendors and suppliers

·        Work with other engineers during the development, build and test of designed systems

Minimum Requirements

·        4 year degree in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering

·        2-5 years of professional experience developing mechanical systems

·        Experience with current CAD packages

Preferred Experience

·        Previous experience with integration of turboprop engines into aircraft

·        Previous experience working on aircraft development programs from initial design through flight test

·        Excellent communication skills

·        Rapid prototyping or aircraft home building experience

·        Pilot’s license and/or A&P license

Additional Requirements

·        Must be willing to travel up to 10% of the time

Natilus Inc hires solely based on qualifications, merit and competence. Natilus Inc is an equal opportunity employer. Natilus Inc does not hire on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status. 


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