Mechanical Engineer

Santa Clara, California /
Engineers – Mechanical Engineering /
Full-time
The Mechanical Engineer will participate in the mechanical, structural, and thermal design of flight spacecraft and will follow programs through execution of assembly, integration, and test.  The ideal candidate should be accustomed to working in a fast-paced environment and quickly adapting to new challenges.

Key Responsibilities

    • Mechanical design of spacecraft components including primary structure, support structure, brackets, electronics enclosures, bulkheads, wire harness, and more.
    • Routing of plumbing lines for propellant feed system and thrusters.
    • Work with structural analysts to ensure structural integrity of the spacecraft and all components during all phases of launch.
    • Work with thermal analysts to ensure all components are maintained within acceptable temperature limits.
    • Conduct mechanical testing of systems and components including vibration testing, static load testing, and shock testing.
    • May be asked to support TVAC testing on an as-needed basis.

Required Skills and Experience

    • Demonstrated experience with detail design of mechanical hardware.
    • Experience defining requirements for mechanical systems and components.
    • Familiarity with the space environment and how it affects mechanical hardware.
    • Familiarity with material selection and material coatings for space applications.
    • General understanding of spacecraft structural loads (quasi-static loads, random vibration, shock, thermo-mechanical)
    • Ability to work independently.
    • Excellent technical communications skills.
    • Good written and verbal communications skills.

Desired Skills and Experience

    • Experience designing, manufacturing, and testing space hardware with demonstrated on-orbit success.
    • Experience running structural vibration testing.
    • Experience running TVAC tests.
    • Structural and/or thermal analysis experience.

    • Education & Work Experience
    • BS in Mechanical Engineering or Engineering Mechanics plus 3-8 years relevant experience.
This position requires access to export-controlled commodities, technical data, technology, software, and services. U.S. citizenship, U.S. legal permanent resident status, or protected person status under 8 U.S.C. Â
1324b(a)(3) is required.