Senior Mechanical Engineer - Spacecraft Design

3+ months agoRedmond, WA


Project Kuiper is an initiative to launch a constellation of Low Earth Orbit satellites that will provide low-latency, high-speed broadband connectivity to unserved and underserved communities around the world.

We're looking for an outstanding Senior Structural/Mechanical Engineer with a background in space vehicle designs and complex electro-mechanical systems integration. The ideal candidate has experience making major optimization trades for satellite bus architectures including integration with payload subsystems. This is a hands-on role for a highly collaborative individual that combines superb technical and analytical capabilities to convert analytic trade studies to a qualified physical vehicle, while optimizing for high volume production and meeting cross discipline requirements. The candidate will design, analyze, and test satellite primary and secondary structures while ensuring all requirements are met.

- Mechanical design and layout trades contributing to overall system architecture configuration selection, requiring extensive knowledge and experience in understanding, collaborating and trading complex inputs from multiple other disciplines Electrical, RF, Thermal, Dynamics, Mechanisms, Materials, Manufacturing, Assembly, and Test.
- Generate detailed designs with CAD assemblies/components and drawings as deliverables.
- Conduct static, dynamic and modal structural analysis via finite element methods as needed to support design work.
- Deliver an efficient structural design capable of high volume production throughput (DFMA)
- Documentation and presentation of materials for technical design reviews
- Design and support test campaigns, both development and qualification/acceptance, for space hardware

Export Control Requirement:
Due to applicable export control laws and regulations, candidates must be a U.S. citizen or national, U.S. permanent resident (i.e., current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum.


- Bachelor's degree in Structural or Mechanical Engineering or related discipline, or equivalent experience.
- 7+ years of experience with hands-on CAD design of complex highly constrained systems for optimum spacecraft configuration.
- 4+ years Experience in Finite Element Analysis of primary and secondary structures.
- 4+ years Experience with structural materials and processes including metals, composites, bonded and bolted joints.
- 4+ years Experience with narrowing down the vehicle trade space with subsystems requirements and ICD definition.
- 4+ years Experience with at least one common spacecraft subsystems: Power Systems (Solar Arrays, Batteries), Electric propulsion system integration, Secondary structures, Avionics assemblies, harnessing, ADCS elements and placement implications, Payload subsystems integration, Deployables, Release mechanisms, Moving mechanical assemblies, Thermal control systems and sizing (materials, finishes, MLI, HPAs, radiators), LV Interfaces.
- 3+ years Experience with LEO space environments and mitigations.


- Advance degree (Master's or PhD) in structural or mechanical engineering or related discipline
- CAD for example, Siemens NX
- FEA capability Ansys / FEMAP (or equivalent)
- 3+ years of experience and knowledge/skill in automotive, industrial equipment or materials handling technologies, or other automated volume production systems.
- Highly experienced in issue tracking applications (JIRA, TRAC)

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Job ID: Amazon-1469643