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MECHANICAL DEVELOPMENT TEST ENGINEER
The Mechanical Development Test Engineer is responsible for designing, analyzing and building mechanical test equipment for SpaceX’s Starlink program.
- Design, build and analyze mechanical test equipment, data acquisition systems, and control systems for satellite mechanical test equipment
- Develop test requirements with flight engineering team
- Perform structural, vibration, and thermal analysis using hand calculations and FEA
- Design of piece part and assembly level 3D CAD models
- Create and modify software applications to run data acquisition and control systems
- Create engineering drawings for part fabrication and inspection using GD&T
- Supervise system level builds by working with technicians and vendors
- Bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline
- 2+ years of experience in professional design, engineering analysis, and/or build
PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
- Experience with the design, build and test of hydraulic, thermal, structural or electromechanical systems
- Demonstrated understanding of structural and thermal first principles analysis
- Demonstrated full-cycle ownership of a hardware project from concept to implementation
- Hands-on experience with testing and data acquisition
- Experience using test instrumentation and control components: pressure transducers, thermocouples, RTDs, strain gauges, accelerometers, flow meters, load cells, relays, solenoid valves, and encoders
- Proficiency with Siemens NX, or equivalent 3D modeling software
- Proficiency with programming and automation/scripting languages (Python, SQL, Matlab)
- Hands-on experience with common manufacturing processes and shop machines including mills, lathes, manual and CNC
- Willing to work extended hours and weekends if needed
- 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.
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