Mechanical Engineer

Irvine, California, United States


Full Time

31 minutes ago

Job description

Be more than just an employee number! Join Terran Orbital, a leader in innovation, manufacturing, and operations in the satellite industry. We are a pioneer in the miniaturization of space technologies and the delivery of responsive space solutions. We are a unique, fast-growing, and trusted team focused on quickly and economically designing, building, launching, and operating state-of-the-art satellites for advanced mission constellations.
Terran Orbital is seeking an experienced Mechanical Engineer  to join our growing team. Reporting to the   Integrated Product Team Lead – Dispenser & Torque Rods the Mechanical Engineer will be responsible for the design, analysis, prototype and qualification of components and sub-system modules capable of withstanding launch vehicle and space environments. Associated design efforts will include mass optimization, vibration attenuation, tuned thermal properties, and passive or active thermal control accommodations, manufacturability, and assembly.  The Mechanical Engineer works closely with structural, thermal, electrical, system and manufacturing disciplines to meet design and operational requirements. 
Key Duties and Responsibilities
  • Collaborate with a multidisciplinary team to reduce risks by identifying the constraining elements of the mechanical design and recommend mitigation strategies from concept level to design, prototyping, production, testing, and integration
  • Contributes to the design, development, optimization, and implementation of various components and sub-system modules ranging in complexity for various programs
  • Utilize the full spectrum of design, analysis, test, and manufacturing best practices to create efficient component and subsystem modules
  • Use established analytical methodologies and Computer Aided Design to ensure mechanical and structural designs will meet or exceed internal and external customer requirements 
  • Generate detailed component and assembly drawings associated documentation including specifications, work instructions, operating procedures
  • Manage project tasks ensuring that design deliverables are met
  • Provide technical guidance to the project team
  • Review design analyses, models, drawings, and associated component and module design documentation for workmanship and accuracy
  • Contribute to Process Development and Continuous Improvement
  • Generate technical content in support of internal and external design reviews
  • Perform other duties as assigned
Qualifications and Skills
  • B.S. or M.S. in Mechanical or Structural Engineering or equivalent technical discipline  
  • 2+ years of related experience designing mechanical & structural elements.
  • Experience with interpretation and application of Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing
  • Experience working with Computer Aided Design tools
  • Proficient knowledge of engineering principles
  • Detail-oriented, ability to identify design/manufacturing/procurement issues
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced multidisciplinary team environment
  • Able to effectively work on multiple projects running in parallel
  • Self-motivated with strong organizational, written, and oral communication skills
Additional Differentiators
  • Experience working with SolidWorks
  • Advanced knowledge of structural design elements or actuation systems
  • Experience with electromagnetic systems and components
  • Proficient in the use of shop and lab tools, inspection methods, and equipment
  • Hands-on experience or exposure to fabrication, assembly, and testing from an aerospace-focused industry
  • Familiarity with military and commercial space specifications. 
  • Experience with vibration (random, sine, SRS) and static load testing of components and complex systems, along with data acquisition/ processing
  • Working knowledge of structural analyses and the analytical techniques utilized in aerospace-related applications
  • 100% Company-paid comprehensive medical, dental, and vision coverage for you and your dependents
  • Employee Equity Incentive Program
  • 401(k) Match
  • Unlimited PTO
Salary Range $80,000-$135,000 
Your actual level and base salary will be determined case-by-case and may vary based on the job-related qualification, knowledge, skills, education, and experience. In addition to base salary, we offer equity for each employee, 100% covered medical, dental, and vision coverage, a 401(k) match, unlimited flex time off, covered life insurance, maternity and paternity leave, tuition reimbursement, employee referrals, and lots of swag! 
About Terran Orbital 
Terran Orbital is a leading manufacturer of satellite products primarily serving the aerospace and defense industries. Terran Orbital provides end-to-end satellite solutions by combining satellite design, production, launch planning, mission operations, and on-orbit support to meet the needs of the most demanding military, civil, and commercial customers. Learn more at 
Physical Demands
An employee must meet the physical demands described to perform the essential functions of this job successfully. In performing the duties of this job, the employee is routinely required to sit or stand for long durations of time, in addition to bending, reaching, and walking. This would require the ability to lift or move objects up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift or move objects up to 25 pounds. This position is generally sedentary, with substantial computer usage. 
Work Environment
The job operates in a professional office environment but in a manufacturing company. This job routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and scanners.
To comply with U.S. Government space technology export regulations, the applicant 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. In addition, please note that this position may require a current United States National Security clearance or eligibility for such a clearance.
Terran Orbital is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We consider applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, genetic information, or membership in any other group protected by federal, state, or local law. 
If you need assistance or accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at [email protected].  

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