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Senior Space Platform Thermal Engineer


This is a Full-time position in Medina, WA posted July 22, 2021.

Job Description

At Boeing, we innovate and collaborate to make the world a better place. From the seabed to outer space, you can contribute to work that matters with a company where diversity, equity and inclusion are shared values. We?re committed to fostering an environment for every teammate that?s welcoming, respectful and inclusive, with great opportunity for professional growth. Find your future with us.

Boeing Defense, Space and Security (BDS) has an opening for a Senior Thermal Engineer (Level 4) in the Puget Sound area in support of multiple Phantom Works programs. 

The Thermal Engineer has an opportunity to work with an experienced, interdisciplinary team to develop unique systems to meet challenging requirements on dynamic development programs.  The Thermal Engineer is responsible for spacecraft thermal design, modeling and analysis.  The Thermal Engineer works closely with other engineering teams and subsystem providers to create a fully integrated spacecraft design.  The position supports the development of spacecraft components to meet the thermal system requirements.  The Thermal Engineer supports the selection of materials, processes and test planning.  The position works with analysis and modeling and simulation teams to model thermal performance and integrate thermal models with other tools.  This position requires sound technical judgment to make rapid decisions in a dynamic environment, and pulls from experience to create innovative solutions to challenging requirements.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Create integrated spacecraft thermal design, working with suppliers and subsystem providers

  • Utilize thermal modeling tools to design and build spacecraft thermal model

  • Maintain and manage spacecraft thermal balance budgets

  • Support hardware developers in selection of materials, process and tests that comply with thermal design

  • Coordinate thermal interfaces between spacecraft subsystems

  • Support linking results and output of thermal models to other modeling and simulation software

Work locations will include sites that are within ~10 miles of Tukwila, WA.

This position requires an active Top Secret U.S. Security Clearance. (A U.S. Security Clearance that has been active in the past 24 months is considered active.)

Basic Qualifications (Required Skills/Experience):

  • Bachelors of Science degree in Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics or Chemistry

  • 5+ years or more thermal design and modeling

  • 1+ years of experience utilizing thermal modeling software (e.g. Thermal Desktop, IDEAS/TMG, MuSES, etc.)

Preferred Qualifications (Desired Skills/Experience):

  • Experience in space platform thermal design

  • Experience working directly with suppliers on thermal interfaces

  • Experience in develop of novel thermal designs and concepts

  • Experience exporting, analyzing, reporting and interfacing output of modeling software

  • SSBI (Single Scope Background Investigation) highly desired

Typical Education/Experience:

Education/experience typically acquired through advanced technical education from an accredited course of study in engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics or chemistry (e.g. Bachelor) and typically 9 or more years’ related work experience or an equivalent combination of technical education and experience (e.g. PhD+4 years’ related work experience, Master+7 years’ related work experience). In the USA, ABET accreditation is the preferred, although not required, accreditation standard.


This position offers relocation based on candidate eligibility.


This is a 1st shift position.


*This is a union represented position.

Drug-Free Workplace:

Boeing is a Drug Free Workplace where post offer applicants and employees are subject to testing for marijuana, cocaine, opioids, amphetamines, PCP, and alcohol when criteria is met as outlined in our policies.