Spacecraft Mechanical Engineer


As part of the Advanced Technology Engineering group, the Mechanical Engineer will be responsible for supporting the design, analysis, development, testing, and integration of primary and secondary structures, mechanisms, and mechanical interfaces for Moon Express spacecraft and associated mechanical ground support equipment. This position is located in Cape Canaveral, Florida and reports into the Vice President, Advanced Technology.


  • Develop flight structures and mechanisms hardware with associated mechanical ground support equipment (MGSE) hardware
  • Design, analyze, and document designs from concept level to completed release drawings
  • Perform and support analysis tasks associated with mechanical designs including loads and coupled loads analysis, stress analysis, random vibration, acoustic, thermal, compatibility, worse case, burst, fracture, crush, slosh and other dynamic phenomenon
  • Coordinate with suppliers and parts procurement, fabrication, manufacturing, inspection, and acceptance of spacecraft components and subassemblies per design engineering
  • Support test plan development and execution for acceptance testing of all relevant flight and ground system mechanical systems hardware, including identifying test facilities, test fixturing and associated logistics
  • Support assembly, test, launch, spaceflight, ground hover test for integrated flight and spacecraft development systems testing
  • Work in close collaboration with other functional teams including Electrical, GN&C, and Propulsion during the life cycle of the products.
  • Support tooling design and production for manufacturing and assembly of spacecraft
  • Develop analysis and test procedures/reports


  • Minimum 5 years of experience developing spacecraft hardware with emphasis in composite structure design and analysis, (mechanisms experience a huge plus)
  • Bachelors degree in Mechanical, Structural, Aerospace Engineering or a related field
  • Masters degree strongly desired in above areas
  • Experience with space qualified composite materials and composite pre-preg and wet layup procedures, materials, and processes
  • Thorough understanding of the challenges of designing high performance, mass efficient, and reliable designs
  • Proficient in Solidworks, Inventor, or similar design software, Autodesk Simulation, Thermal Desktop or similar
  • Familiarity with CNC, 3-D Printing, and other manufacturing tools and equipment
  • A history of close working relationships and/or direct experience with manufacturing operations
  • Excellent work ethic, resourceful and dependable
  • Flexible self-starter who can ramp up with new technologies quickly and can adapt to a growing and evolving team
  • Imaginative, motivated, positive, and able to work effectively under pressure
  • Strong logical and creative problem-solving skills
  • Good oral and written communication skills with excellent analytical skills
  • Willingness and ability to learn from others, and share ideas with others
  • Ability to work autonomously as well as part of a team
  • Ability to travel from time to time, both domestically and internationally
  • To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations under ITAR and EAR, applicant must be a U.S. citizen residing in the U.S., or a lawful permanent resident of the U.S. (“Green Card” holder)
  • Final candidate must pass a background investigation (conducted through a reputable third party) that may include an employment verification, criminal check, education check, driving record check, drug screening and/or credit check depending on the position