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Mechanical Design Engineer (Starlink Satellites)

Swarm Technologies

Swarm Technologies

Design
Redmond, WA, USA
Posted on Friday, April 5, 2024

SpaceX was founded under the belief that a future where humanity is out exploring the stars is fundamentally more exciting than one where we are not. Today SpaceX is actively developing the technologies to make this possible, with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars.

MECHANICAL DESIGN ENGINEER (STARLINK SATELLITES)

At SpaceX we’re leveraging our experience in building rockets and spacecraft to deploy Starlink, the world’s most advanced broadband internet system. Starlink is the world’s largest satellite constellation and is providing fast, reliable internet to 2M+ users worldwide. We design, build, test, and operate all parts of the system – thousands of satellites, consumer antennae that allow users to connect within minutes of unboxing, and the software that brings it all together. We’ve only begun to scratch the surface of Starlink’s potential global impact and are looking for best-in-class engineers to help maximize Starlink’s utility for communities and businesses around the globe.

The Bus Structures and Mechanisms team owns vehicle architecture and vehicle design for current and future satellites. As a Starlink Mechanical Engineer in our group, you will own blank-slate design, qualification, test design, production success, and on-orbit success of flight hardware. This role demands strong technical, design, analysis skills, and the drive to get your work over the finish line.

Specific subgroups we’re hiring for include:

  • Bus Structures: design, analyze, and qualify efficient satellite primary structures
  • Bus Avionics: trade and develop satellite layouts; design, analyze, and qualify mounting to support key PCBAs; harness design
  • Bus Mechanisms: design electromechanical systems for attitude control, antennae pointing, and deployable structures

With an unmatched satellite launch cadence and fast (<1 year) product development cycles, this role will challenge to design mass-manufacturable, space capable hardware with the reward of flying hardware you designed and watching it operate in space. Come define what the next generation of Starlink satellites look like with us!

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Own hardware from conceptual design through high volume production and on-orbit operation for the Starlink constellation
  • Develop design criteria, collaborate on requirements, and drive system-level optimization
  • Rapidly iterate on designs and analysis to inform high level systems trades and steer overall product direction
  • Drive holistic DFM to create elegant designs with a focus on piece part and process count reductions, error proofing at every step of fabrication and integration, and consistent performance and production metrics
  • Establish an efficient product lifecycle starting in the supply chain all the way through final integration that balances cost, complexity, and quality; work closely with partner teams to design and realize an efficient in-house production line
  • Perform environmental and performance testing on hardware to validate analysis and demonstrate compliance to design criteria
  • Own product delivery timeline through conception, design, assembly, and launch
  • Demonstrate extreme ownership of product outcomes at every stage of development and production

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor's degree in an engineering or science discipline
  • Experience with CAD and/or FEA software packages
  • Direct experience with mechanical design, analysis, or testing (internship, project team experience, or lab work)

PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Masters degree in an engineering or science discipline
  • Full cycle ownership over design and execution of a technical, hardware-based project
  • 2+ years of hands-on project experience with complex mechanical systems, preferably as a team lead
  • Proficient in 3D CAD
  • Solid understanding and application of GD&T
  • Demonstrated understanding of structural analysis and failure modes of complex mechanical systems
  • Prior ownership of a complex component or assembly from initial design through high-volume production ramp
  • Self-motivated with strong organizational, written, and oral communication skills
  • Knowledge of and experience in selecting materials, manufacturing methods, and surface treatments for mechanical components
  • Familiarity in one or more programming languages
  • Experience working with PCB designers and exposure to PCB layout and PCBA mechanical design
  • Experience with electro-mechanical assemblies, motors, magnetic design, or similar
  • Experience with design of experiments, statistical process control, and process qualification

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Ability to work long hours and weekends as necessary to support critical milestones

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:

Pay range:
Mechanical Engineer/Level I: $95,000.00 - $115,000.00/per year
Mechanical Engineer/Level II: $110,000.00 - $130,000.00/per year

Your actual level and base salary will be determined on a case-by-case basis and may vary based on the following considerations: job-related knowledge and skills, education, and experience.

Base salary is just one part of your total rewards package at SpaceX. You may also be eligible for long-term incentives, in the form of company stock, stock options, or long-term cash awards, as well as potential discretionary bonuses and the ability to purchase additional stock at a discount through an Employee Stock Purchase Plan. You will also receive access to comprehensive medical, vision, and dental coverage, access to a 401(k) retirement plan, short and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, paid parental leave, and various other discounts and perks. You may also accrue 3 weeks of paid vacation and will be eligible for 10 or more paid holidays per year. Exempt employees are eligible for 5 days of sick leave per year.

ITAR REQUIREMENTS:

  • To conform to U.S. Government export regulations, applicant must be a (i) U.S. citizen or national, (ii) U.S. lawful, permanent resident (aka green card holder), (iii) Refugee under 8 U.S.C. § 1157, or (iv) Asylee under 8 U.S.C. § 1158, or be eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here.

SpaceX is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with SpaceX is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.

Applicants wishing to view a copy of SpaceX’s Affirmative Action Plan for veterans and individuals with disabilities, or applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify the Human Resources Department at (310) 363-6000.