Mechanical AIT Engineer

Tokyo, Japan /
R&D /
Full-time (Regular)
ispace Japan is seeking a highly motivated and talented Mechanical AIT Engineer to join its team developing lunar orbiters, landers and rovers. The ideal candidate will have broad experience in the Assembly, Integration, and Testing of of spacecraft and good technical knowledge of multiple spacecraft subsystems. This is a unique opportunity to join a truly fascinating project, the first stage of ispace’s plans to perform resource prospecting on the moon. In this position, you will join a small, international team of engineers, and you will be mainly assigned to the production and verification of our next vehicle, M2.

Candidates with demonstrated "hands-on" experience in some engineering domains and interdisciplinary experience are preferred. Teamwork is valued, and depending on the strengths of each member of the Mechanical AIT team, your responsibility might be more focused on Propulsion, Thermal or Structures subsystem.

Key Responsibilities

    • Support the planning and management of the integration and verification activities of lunar lander spacecraft, its subsystems and payloads, overseeing their correct and timely execution
    • Design procedures to guarantee safety and compliance with requirements, managing risks, schedule and costs, and incorporating lessons learnt from ispace's M1 Lander.
    • Lead execution of procedures, training and supervising technicians and interfacing closely with QA department.
    • Support definition of quality metrics and acceptance procedures and criteria
    • Work closely with design engineering teams and give feedback to simplify processes and improve quality, guiding in the field of best practices, standards, manufacturing and assembly techniques. Advise on detailed design standards and potential re-design requirements. Review specifications and design and provide judgement about quality and manufacturability 
    • Maintain spacecraft configuration during its build and testing and manage the logs of procedures execution according to planning.
    • Support continuous improvement efforts for improving the effectiveness and leanness of our operations.
    • Take responsibility for the non-conformance resolution process execution and completion of cause & corrective action efforts. Maintain a log of lessons learnt
    • Support Systems Engineering by contributing to requirements management ensuring all requirements are closed-out at the planned project landmarks
    • Provide advice on the selection, integration and calibration of spacecraft instrumentation, including test measurement instrumentation, R&D instrumentation, and flight instrumentation. Support data acquisition system integration and set-up
    • Support formulation of spacecraft test requirements, prepare testing documents (plans, specifications, procedures, reports) and review supplier test and verification activities. Manage ispace verification testing activities

Basic Qualifications

    • Bachelor or Master’s degree in Mechanical, Electrical, Aerospace Engineering or equivalent
    • 5+ years of experience in the integration and testing of complex and highly integrated systems
    • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills. Enthusiastic attitude and team player
    • Hands-on experience in the development of hardware
    • Be comfortable with an ever-changing and fast-paced environment with tight deadlines. Down-to-earth-thinker with ability to take decisions under stressful situations with limited information
    • Working level in English

Preferred Qualifications

    • Has experience with spacecraft integration and verification.
    • Working level in Japanese language is a plus.
    • Knowledge of DFMA concepts and proven experience applying them.
    • Background in design and expertise in design tools such as CAD is appreciated.