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Solar Array Mechanical Engineer

Redmond WA

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.



Design various satellite mechanical systems and associated tooling, specifically for the solar array sub-assembly

Develop trade studies to identify optimal configuration of various mechanical systems or processes

Create and maintain design models in CAD, from the concept level to detailed design

Create manufacturing requirement documents, drawings, specifications, and instructions

Write, design and execute test procedures and verification plans

Design and conduct process qualifications using design of experiments and statistical process control

Prepare detailed content for technical design reviews



Bachelor’s degree in mechanical, aerospace, or manufacturing engineering

3+ years of design experience



Experience in specifying and qualifying materials and components for space flight

Experience with design of experiments, statistical process control and process qualification

Proficient in 3D CAD (NX preferred)

Proficient in stress, dynamic and thermal analysis

Proficient in GD&T

Familiar with a wide variety of manufacturing processes and automation for composites, soft goods and metals: welding, brazing, fastening, riveting, bonding, lamination, soldering etc.

Experience with solar array design and/or manufacture

Demonstrated analytical problem solving skills



This is a hands-on position that requires one to be on their feet for up to 4+ hours a day. Will sometimes be working directly with the hardware on the floor and will have to be comfortable stooping, bending, and standing

Must be willing to work long hours and weekends as necessary



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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Posted November 5, 2019

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