Sr. Mechanical Engineer
Crew Starship Avionics
Posted on 2/16/2023
West Athens, CA, USA
- Bachelor's degree in mechanical or aerospace engineering
- 5+ years of experience with mechanical/electromechanical hardware design and analysis
- Passion for spaceflight and demonstrated experience with electro-mechanical design for high reliability applications
- Experience with CAD and FEA software packages and extremely strong first-principles engineering fundamentals
- Demonstrated expertise in design, CAD, FEA, GD&T, defining test plans, designing test setups, and executing hardware environmental qualification tests
- Broad experience with electrical components and packaging, for example with computers, displays, control panels, sensors, motors, batteries, solar, radio-frequency (RF), and harnessing components
- High level understanding of structural analysis and failure modes of complex mechanical systems
- Extensive hands-on experience with mechanism/structures design, prototyping, and precision mechanical assembly
- Demonstrated success with design-for-manufacture and design-for-cost
- Capable of writing software for test automation, data review, and design analysis, preferably in MATLAB or Python
- Well exercised project management skills and demonstrated ability to collaborate with other engineering disciplines
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Extended hours and weekend work may be required to support critical project and mission milestones
- Occasional travel may be required to Starbase, Texas
- To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here
- Act as extreme owner for electro-mechanical aspects of high reliability spacecraft electronics and avionics systems used on Crew Starship vehicles
- Design electronic packaging, vehicle mounting, and environmental protection for avionics hardware and harnessing
- Take key role in development of flight hardware, from conception through build, qualification, and ultimately flight operations
- Provide technical leadership across the organization, manage related risk and change across the program, drive new technology introduction, and provide mentoring for less senior engineers
- Perform in depth first principles analysis, finite element analysis (FEA), and hand calculations to optimize designs for flight environments
- Select mechanical components and materials, capture designs using computer-aided design (CAD) and configuration management tools, and provide formal documentation for product development milestones
- Drive system and architecture trades, product requirements, manufacturing planning, and production test for electrical designs
- Define validation approach and create development and qualification testing campaigns to exercise designs to their limits and ensure reliable flight hardware
- Act as liaison with NASA counterparts to provide technical insight, and lead creation of deliverables for Crew Starship milestones
- Act as primary point of contact with experts from other teams and departments to ensure that fielded systems perform their intended function while being efficient, manufacturable, and reliable; challenge assumptions and build strong professional relationships
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