Prototype Manufacturing Engineer - Satellite Assembly
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PROTOYPE MANUFACTURING ENGINEER – SATELLITE ASSEMBLY
This position requires an experienced engineer who can develop assembly facilities equipment and processes, as well as build and lead a team of engineers and technicians for the development of spacecraft vehicles and subsystems for flight.
- Development of assembly and integration processes for prototype spacecraft builds, and associated subsystems (Avionics, Bus, Payload).
- Layout prototype assembly area and material flow, including determining necessary space, equipment, and facility requirements.
- Identify, design, and procure necessary workstations, assembly equipment, fixtures, and material handling equipment.
- Maximize material flow and manufacturing processes for Hardware in the Loop in-process test systems for subsystem and vehicle assembly.
- Design / build handling systems to enable various levels of partial-assembly testing during prototype development; such as multi degree of freedom, accurate structures to enable positioning of instrumented test units in a variety of test facilities: Anechoic chambers, T-Vac, T-cycle, shock etc.
- Perform qualification of assembly equipment, including dimensional characterization, gage R&R and factorial experimentation where necessary.
- Ensure scalability of prototype assembly processes and equipment from low quantity builds to production rates.
- Participate in hands-on assembly of mechanical prototype, including build of avionics, ADCS, mechanisms, structures, and routing of harnesses.
- Coordinate and/or perform necessary rework on prototype mechanical parts.
- Analyze and resolve manufacturing issues with design and test teams.
- Coordinate work efforts with other various other Engineers.
- Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical or aerospace or manufacturing engineering.
- 4+ years of manufacturing, fabrication, assembly or testing experience with spacecraft/spacecraft subsystems.
- Must have worked at SpaceX for 2+ years.
PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
- Experience developing manufacturing operations and building spacecraft / spacecraft subsystems.
- Established expertise in DfX (Manufacturability, Assembly, Quality), and experienced in taking products from development to flight ready production.
- Experience with various manufacturing process developments, facility and line layouts, process failure mode effects analysis, and error proofing.
- Demonstrated experience designing assembly fixturing.
- Familiar and experienced with cleanroom systems and contamination controls.
- HITL test systems.
- Demonstrated problem solving skills.
- Familiarity with common manufacturing processes – lathe, mill (manual and CNC), water-jet, sheet metal forming, grinding, etc.
- Familiarity with GD&T (per ASME Y14.5) for engineering drawings and part inspection, including use of dimensional inspection tools.
- 3D CAD experience working with large, complex assemblies. NX 7.5 or later preferred
- FEA experience. FEMAP and/or ANSYS preferred.
- Must be available to work extended hours and weekends as needed.
- 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 and assembling hardware on the floor and will have to be comfortable stooping, bending, and standing.
- To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, 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. Learn more about ITAR here.
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