Senior Mechanism Development Engineer

Turin, Italy

Full Time

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Job description

Here at The Exploration Company we are developing, producing, and operating Nyx, a modular and reusable space orbital vehicle that can eventually be refueled in orbit, and which carries cargo - and potentially humans in the longer run.
We want you as a talented Mechanical Engineer to help us in our mission by designing, developing, and testing mechanism for our vehicles. Your work will contribute to the success of space missions, ensuring that critical components function reliably in the harsh environment of outer space.

Key Responsibilities

In your capacity as a Mechanism Engineer, your role will be continuously evolving, but day to day your duties will include:

Mechanism Design and Development
  • Collaborate with a multidisciplinary team of engineers
  •  to conceptualize, design, and develop space mechanisms.
  • Create innovative solutions for separation systems, umbilical interface system, other critical components.
  • Consider factors such as weight, reliability, thermal effects, and precision when designing mechanisms.
Research and Analysis
  • Conduct research to solve complex engineering problems related to space mechanisms.
  • Analyze existing designs and propose improvements based on scientific principles and industry best practices.
Testing and Validation
  • Develop test plans and procedures for space mechanisms.
  • Validate mechanisms through ground-based testing and simulations.
  • Ensure that mechanisms meet performance, safety, and reliability standards.
Documentation and Reporting
  • Maintain detailed records of design iterations, test results, and modifications.
  • Prepare technical reports and documentation for internal and external stakeholders.

What we would love to see from you

  • Experience with finite element analysis (FEA) and structural analysis.
  • Knowledge of tribology (friction, wear, and lubrication) in space applications.
  • Familiarity with pyrotechnic devices used in spacecraft deployment.
  • Understanding of control systems and feedback mechanisms.
  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, or a related field.
  • Strong experience in mechanisms development
  • Good understanding of mechanical design principles, materials, and manufacturing processes.
  • Experience with CAD software (such as Nx (Siemens) or CATIA) for 3D modeling and simulation.
  • Knowledge of space environment challenges (vacuum, radiation, extreme temperatures) and their impact on mechanisms.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and attention to detail.
  • Familiarity with industry standards and guidelines for space mechanisms.
  • Fluent in English. German and French is an asset

Why you should join us

What makes us special here at The Exploration Company and why we think you will enjoy working here is:  
  • We’re Agile - we make decisions fast whilst keeping our goals and systems in mind 
  • We’re Open and Collaborative - we are transparent about risks and obstacles, so that we can cooperate to overcome them  
  • We have a lot of Fun - we refuel our energy knowing we are democratising space. It’s a wonderful and rare opportunity, are YOU up for the challenge?  
We'd love to hear from you if you wish to be a part of our journey. Please submit your CV now for immediate consideration and we will be in touch shortly. 
The Exploration Company is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status. Relocation assistance is provided for those willing to relocate including visa sponsorship where applicable.  
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