Sr. Ground Mechanical Engineer
Updated on 5/26/2023
El Segundo, CA, USA
Experience Level
Desired Skills
  • Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical, Aerospace, Civil or similar field
  • Minimum 5 years of experience working in space, aerospace, or equivalent professional environments with direct hands-on experience developing complex mechanical systems
  • Experience in structural design, detailed analysis, build and integration of large, welded structures compliant to AWS D1.1 or equivalent
  • Knowledge of mechanical system design, including components, such as valves, regulators, hydraulic actuators, pressure transducers
  • Experience developing and reviewing complex fluid P&IDs
  • Experience working across engineering groups to define requirements and implement solutions
  • Experience with NX or other CAD system
  • M.S. from an accredited university in engineering or science
  • Experience working with high-pressure systems
  • Ability to size fluid components based on flow, pressure, and thermal requirements
  • Experience with Teamcenter or other PLM system
  • Solid understanding of industry standards such as: AFSPCMAN 91-710, NASA-STD-5005
  • Experience working with cryogenic fluid systems
  • Experience routing fluid and electrical systems in complex assemblies
  • Critical thinking: ABL engineers understand the “why” behind all design decisions, operational events and test outcomes
  • Ability to deal with ambiguity: ABL engineers must be comfortable defining their own pathway to an objective
  • End-to-end ownership
  • Ability to sit or stand for extended periods of time
  • Ability to use a computer to complete assignments
  • Ability to communicate with individuals and groups in person, by phone and telepresence
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee will typically work in an office environment
  • Must be able to stoop, bend, crawl, and able to maneuver in tight spaces
  • Physically able to handle items weighing up to 25lbs (unassisted)
  • Take full ownership for designing ground mechanical systems, which are critical in launch operations from clean sheet design, through commissioning
  • Responsible for all aspects of assigned mechanical project/product lifecycle: gathering and generating requirements, conceptual design, material and vendor selection, analysis (hand calculations and FEA), CAD/drawing generation, manufacturing, testing, and system commissioning
  • Develop sizing loads for ground mechanical systems, and complete analysis to show structural capability against ABL, Test Site and Range requirements
  • Develop hydraulic and pneumatic systems to support mechanical ground operations that comply with ABL, Test Site and Range requirements. Work with fluids and electrical engineers to ensure clean cross functional design
  • Develop test plans for ground mechanical systems, and lead qualification/ATP testing to verify capability against design requirements. Inclusive of planning, analysis, documentation, and execution of test campaigns
  • Create and present internal technical documentation that clearly conveys design intent, structural capability, and adherence to standards, requirements, and specifications
  • Prepare and effectively deliver technical regulatory documentation to support launch site deployments, system level checkout operations, and flight license approval
  • Lead the development of internal standard manufacturing/integration processes (welding, fabrication, inspection, etc.) that comply with ABL, Test Site and Range requirements and deliver quality ground mechanical systems
  • Manage the project's schedule, compliance with internal and external requirements, budget, milestones, and track status
  • Mentor other engineers and technicians on the team
  • Interface with technicians to coordinate builds, logistics, support, and requirements
  • Ability to travel 25-30%
ABL Space Systems

201-500 employees

Rockets for small satellite launches
Company Overview
ABL Space Systems was founded in 2017 by veterans of SpaceX and Morgan Stanley to develop low-cost launch vehicles for the small satellite industry. More importantly, they're building a launch system they are truly proud of – no gimmicks or over-design, just reliable, rapidly deployable launches.