Spacecraft Mechanical Engineer - Mid/Senior

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Livermore, CA 94550
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We have an opening for an experienced Spacecraft Mechanical Engineer to work on projects and initiatives with a focus on U.S. national security. You will be a member of an engineering team that will provide space mission engineering solutions for both national security and basic science investigations with sponsors including NASA, Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Defense (DOD) and other government agencies. As an engineering team member, you will work on all aspects of space system hardware – from design and analysis to assembly, integration and test. This position is in the National Security Engineering Division (NSED) within the Engineering Directorate at LLNL.

This position will be filled at either level based on knowledge and related experience as assessed by the hiring team. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if hired at the higher level.

In this role you will

  • Work as an integral part of a small team of scientists and engineers to develop technical proposals for spacecraft missions including payload specifications, spacecraft definition, spacecraft subsystem specification, launch and operation design and planning, system trade studies, and cost and schedule estimates utilizing comprehensive skills and knowledge.
  • Contribute to moderately complex to complex mechanical engineering design for spacecraft subsystems from conceptualization, simulation, fabrication and testing using broadly defined parameters.
  • Contribute to spacecraft subsystems design reviews, integrated test planning and execution.
  • Exercise best practices for space hardware design when considering mission CONOPS, environment and other mission requirements under limited direction.
  • Prepare engineering documentation, reports and test plans and contribute directly to payload and/or space vehicle assembly.
  • Collaborate within a team of scientists, engineers, designers, technicians, and procurement personnel to achieve project goals.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the SES.3 level

  • Apply advanced knowledge to develop mechanical engineering solutions and perform technical analysis to recommend solutions to resolve complex technical and programmatic issues independently, under minimal direction.
  • Provide technical direction and focus engineering path to flight while mentoring others in subsystems design reviews, integrated test planning and execution.
  • Interface with customer organizations, payload science experts, analysts, manufacturing engineers, and project staff.

  • Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship
  • Bachelor's degree in aeronautical/aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Broad knowledge and experience with one or more of the following spacecraft systems and subsystems: thermal, structures and mechanisms, and payload.
  • Experience working as a member of a multidisciplinary project team that may include engineers, scientists, designers, and technicians
  • Ability to devise solutions for moderately complex to complex problems that require analysis of broadly defined parameters.
  • Experience with design/analysis software such as CAD and finite element analysis.
  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment and present and explain technical information to colleagues, management or sponsors.

Additional qualifications at the SES.3 level

  • Advanced aerospace and/or spacecraft engineering knowledge and experience with designing, assembling or testing flight hardware.
  • Significant experience and track record of success developing and implementing creative solutions to a diverse range of highly complex multi-disciplinary problems providing input on corrective actions where necessary.
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple parallel tasks, while mentoring others on the team as needed.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Master's degree in aeronautical/aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering or related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Knowledge of space mission engineering principles and practices and their application.
  • Prior experience in mechanical structure analysis and design of space worthy structural systems utilizing CAD (Creo/Solidworks) and finite element analysis tools.

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  • Flexible schedules (*depending on project needs)
  • Collaborative, creative, inclusive, and fun team environment

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This position will be filled at either level based on knowledge and related experience as assessed by the hiring team. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if hired at the higher level.

In this role you will

  • Work as an integral part of a small team of scientists and engineers to develop technical proposals for spacecraft missions including payload specifications, spacecraft definition, spacecraft subsystem specification, launch and operation design and planning, system trade studies, and cost and schedule estimates utilizing comprehensive skills and knowledge.
  • Contribute to moderately complex to complex mechanical engineering design for spacecraft subsystems from conceptualization, simulation, fabrication and testing using broadly defined parameters.
  • Contribute to spacecraft subsystems design reviews, integrated test planning and execution.
  • Exercise best practices for space hardware design when considering mission CONOPS, environment and other mission requirements under limited direction.
  • Prepare engineering documentation, reports and test plans and contribute directly to payload and/or space vehicle assembly.
  • Collaborate within a team of scientists, engineers, designers, technicians, and procurement personnel to achieve project goals.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the SES.3 level

  • Apply advanced knowledge to develop mechanical engineering solutions and perform technical analysis to recommend solutions to resolve complex technical and programmatic issues independently, under minimal direction.
  • Provide technical direction and focus engineering path to flight while mentoring others in subsystems design reviews, integrated test planning and execution.
  • Interface with customer organizations, payload science experts, analysts, manufacturing engineers, and project staff.
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  • Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship
  • Bachelor's degree in aeronautical/aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Broad knowledge and experience with one or more of the following spacecraft systems and subsystems: thermal, structures and mechanisms, and payload.
  • Experience working as a member of a multidisciplinary project team that may include engineers, scientists, designers, and technicians
  • Ability to devise solutions for moderately complex to complex problems that require analysis of broadly defined parameters.
  • Experience with design/analysis software such as CAD and finite element analysis.
  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment and present and explain technical information to colleagues, management or sponsors.

Additional qualifications at the SES.3 level

  • Advanced aerospace and/or spacecraft engineering knowledge and experience with designing, assembling or testing flight hardware.
  • Significant experience and track record of success developing and implementing creative solutions to a diverse range of highly complex multi-disciplinary problems providing input on corrective actions where necessary.
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple parallel tasks, while mentoring others on the team as needed.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Master's degree in aeronautical/aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering or related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Knowledge of space mission engineering principles and practices and their application.
  • Prior experience in mechanical structure analysis and design of space worthy structural systems utilizing CAD (Creo/Solidworks) and finite element analysis tools.

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