Job advertisement: Aerospace Engineer – Spacecraft

A person with a computer standing next to a rocket.Are you the type of person who wants to know how things work and likes solving maths problems? Would you like to design, develop, and test drones, aircraft, spacecraft or rockets? Maybe you’ve even dreamt of going to space! Why not think about a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering?

Read the job advertisement for an aerospace engineer to get an idea of what this kind of role involves, and what employers look for in applicants.

You will find explanations for text marked with an asterisk (*) below the advertisement. Select the question to reveal the answer. You can also build on some of the skills relevant to the position by following the Learning Lab links at the bottom of the page.

Ellis Hayz Space Technologies. The space sector is hiring now. Aerospace Engineer - Spacecraft

Aerospace Engineer – Spacecraft

Ellis Hayz Space Technologies



Entry Level+*

Salary: $86,000 – $104,000 + Super

Benefits: health insurance, leave entitlements*, salary packaging*

Ellis Hayz is taking Australia ad astra (to the stars) with innovative new propulsion technologies for launch vehicles*.

Why you should join our mission:

At Ellis Hayz, the stars are the limit! Our team is working together to take humanity higher and further than ever. With us, you’ll be working in a dynamic environment where you’re continuously learning new things and developing new skills. Ellis Hayz’s culture thrives on curiosity and bold new ideas – we encourage you to think outside the box.

How you will contribute to our mission:

Below are just some of the things you’ll be doing within your role:

  • Helping to design hardware suitable for flight on a rocket motor system
  • Helping to develop and test rocket engines and other components of launch vehicles
  • Researching propulsion system optimisation
  • Analysing and interpreting data collected through testing
  • Supporting the Lead Propulsion Engineer and collaborating with colleagues in Queensland and South Australia

Minimum qualifications, skills and knowledge:

  • Recognised Bachelor’s degree in a relevant engineering discipline*
  • Capability to obtain and clear an NV Level 1 Security Clearance*
  • Good working knowledge of the propulsion industry, or a willingness to learn

Desired skills and experience:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Able to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Good working knowledge of and experience using CAD, SolidWorks*
  • Excellent time management skills and an ability to effectively prioritise and manage projects
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications
  • Strong critical-thinking and problem-solving skills
  • An interest in long-term engineering solutions to sustainability issues

We understand you might not meet all the desired criteria, but don’t let that stop you! We’re looking for dedicated workers to join our team. What are you waiting for?

Apply Now!

If you are a passionate and hard-working team player who wants to help send Australia to the stars, please apply now by submitting your resume and cover letter.

FAQ transcript


The Australian Space Agency states that by 2030 Australia aims to have grown a A$12 billion space industry employing 30,000 people.

Would you like to work in the space sector, but you’re not sure about a role as an aerospace engineer? The space industry is a workforce with a range of skills and interests.

Here is a list of some other future space careers you might like to research:

  • Astronaut A happy astronaut.
  • Avionics Technician
  • Earth Observation Scientist
  • Flight Surgeon
  • Robotics Engineer
  • Space Business Development Manager
  • Space Communicator
  • Education Outreach Officer
  • Space Lawyer
  • Space Policy Analyst
  • Space Scientist


Australian Space Agency (2019), Advancing Space: Australian Civil Space Strategy 2019-2028, Department of Industry, Science and Resources, Australian Government, accessed 21 November 2022.

Australian Space Discovery Centre (c. 2019) Pathways for a career in space, Australian Government Department of Industry, Science and Resources website, accessed 21 November 2022.

NASA (2016) Cosmic ‘Winter’ Wonderland [photograph], Wikimedia Commons website, accessed 22 November 2022.

Learn more on Learning Lab

  • Time management skills include goal setting, effectively prioritising tasks, and meeting deadlines. Check out this tutorial on SMART goals (10 minutes) and some strategies to help you stay focused and get things done. (15 minutes)
  • Being able to think and act ‘critically’ is an important and necessary skill for your academic success as well as your future employment. Learn the basics in the Introduction to critical thinking tutorial. (10 – 60 minutes)
  • Mathematics is important to all engineering disciplines. Why not explore some maths tutorials? If you’re interested in aerospace engineering, you could focus on algebra and trigonometry first, and then vectors, which are used to represent velocity and acceleration – important when you’re building a rocket!

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