Principal Spacecraft Mechanical Engineer

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Chantilly, VA

Industry: Information Services


8 - 10 years

Posted 355 days ago


SAIC is hiring a Principal Spacecraft Mechanical Engineer in Chantilly, VA.

Job Description:

Spacecraft Mechanical Engineer Vehicle Engineering requires an engineer with technical expertise in spacecraft mechanical engineering. The selected candidate will be an integral participant in spacecraft mechanical requirements development, design analysis, and verification.

Key areas of focus include structural analysis, structural dynamics, spacecraft test, spacecraft deployments, moving mechanical assemblies, and spacecraft transportation. Candidate should be experienced in the design & integration of satellite buses and knowledgeable of launch & flight operations of space vehicles. The following tasks are representative of those that will be accomplished at the request of the customer:

Support the customer in the oversight of the mechanical design, integration and test of spacecraft bus

Provide expert advice concerning accommodation development

Review and coordinate on all changes to specifications, lCDs and system level requirements documentation including the mechanical accommodation of payloads onto the satellite bus

Review spacecraft mechanical manufacturing specifications for accuracy and ensure requirement allocation documentation is complete and accurate

Review drawings, documents and procedures for design, manufacturing and integration, and provide comments to the contractor and/or government

Track development issues, significant accomplishments and upcoming events and provide weekly status updates to the customer

Attend mechanical system level design reviews, and program management reviews to assess design maturity, requirements compliance and to provide informed technical recommendations to the USG

ldentify and assess emerging risks; develop and evaluate proposed burn-down plans

Review prime contractor readiness to proceed into spacecraft manufacturing and test

Provide expert advice/analysis on accommodation considerations for new satellite/payload developments

Coordinate with spacecraft bus development POC, subsystem leads, branch chiefs and division chiefs

Provide support to launch and satellite on-orbit test as required by the customer

Attend branch meetings as appropriate at the request of the customer to coordinate support activities Provide technical evaluation of accommodation efforts in contractor Engineering Change Proposals (ECPs)

Attend contractor milestone reviews (e.g. PDR, CDR, pre-test, pre- ship and other meetings) to provide technically based recommendations regarding satisfaction of review entrance and exit criteria

Support factory integration and test activities as required

Develop productive relationships with prime contractor counterparts, functional counterparts, and other spacecraft subsystem subject matter experts

Advise and mentor USG spacecraft mechanical subsystem lead and other Vehicle Engineering Branch personnel regarding mechanical subsystem design elements

Other duties as specified by the customer

Required Education and experience:

- Bachelors and nine (9) years or more experience;
- Masters and seven (7) years or more experience ;
- PhD or JD and four (4) years or more experience

Required Experience:

- Experience with spacecraft mechanical design, manufacture and test
- Basic understanding of DOD/IC satellite systems and architectures
- Excellent interpersonal, leadership, team building and problem solving skills with a demonstrated ability to be effective in a government/contractor team environment
- Experience in DOD/IC acquisition and program management processes
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Demonstrated sustained superior performance
- Availability to travel domestically (up to 25%)