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Rotating Machinery Engineer



United Kingdom
Posted on Wednesday, July 26, 2023

ZeroAvia is a leader in zero-emission aviation, flying the world’s largest hydrogen-electric aircraft since September 2020. Our focus is the design and commercialization of hydrogen-powered aviation solutions to address a variety of markets, initially targeting short-haul, sub-regional commercial flights up to 500 miles. To date, ZeroAvia has secured the UK CAA and FAA experimental permit to fly for its 6 seat aircraft powered by hydrogen-electric powertrain, passed significant flight tests, and is on track for commercial deliveries by 2023. Its achievements to date were rewarded by the UK prime minister by inviting ZeroAvia as a member to the UK Jet Zero Council.

ZeroAvia’s powertrain development focuses on tightly integrating H2 Fuel Cell power systems and storage, along with electric drivetrain components, to deliver a unified solution that is both environmentally friendly and economically superior to traditional aircraft drivetrain solutions.

Hydrogen Infrastructure oversees the safe, reliable, and affordable delivery of low or zero-carbon-intensity hydrogen we need power our planes. Creating strategic airport partnerships, their unique expertise in power markets enables them to mitigate intermittency and ensure the seamless integration of hydrogen into our operations.Join us at Cotswold Airport, home to some of our aircraft and the workplace of many ZeroAvians. Located just outside the historic market town of Cirencester, you’ll experience a workspace built by engineers for engineers. This is a high-velocity and fast-paced environment with good links to the M4 and M5, so it’s fitting that it’s also our UK Head Office.

Main responsibilities

  • Complete ownership of rotating machinery in powertrain including shafts, bearings, gearboxes, propellor hubs, intake compressors and final integration into existing airframe
  • Work with design team to create 3D CAD models of complex parts and assemblies
  • Perform simulation and analysis of powertrain rotating elements such as shafts, bearing, gearboxes, propellor hubs and other power transmission systems.
  • Apply knowledge of materials, finishes, welding, and other manufacturing processes
  • Prepare production drawings conforming to all applicable regulatory standards
  • Participate in design reviews
  • Work closely with engineers and manufacturing personnel to insure that all aspects of the design are understood
  • Serve as liaison with operations during fabrication of parts to insure that all design issues are resolved and drawings are updated
  • Perform tolerance analysis on mating parts to insure proper fit. Apply knowledge of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing to designs
  • Provide expertise in CAD and Simulation software for specific problem solving on a project
  • Daily availability to include evenings and weekends when necessary to reach goals/deadlines

Experience and qualifications

Education: Bachelor's degree in an appropriate discipline and five years of related technical experience as engineering designer or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Proficiency in NX CAD System and/or Solidworks or equivalent CAD system
  • Experience with NX FEM and/or Solidworks Simulation or equivalent simulation system
  • Experience in the creation of complex aerospace 3D CAD and mechanical engineering drawings
  • Commensurate depth of related Aerospace Industry experience
  • Have the ability to assimilate technology and technical details quickly and communicate the requirements clearly to ZeroAvia colleagues and customers alike.
  • Excellent level of spoken and written English (additional languages a plus).
  • Ability to work on own initiative as well as part of a small team.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, as well as good written and oral communication skills.

Diversity and inclusion

ZeroAvia is an equal opportunity employer and as a young company in the aviation industry, we value diversity and need people of different backgrounds that bring a plethora of skills, perspectives, and mindsets to the table that can spur originality, imagination, and creativity. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, colour, national origin, sex, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability status.