Staff Structural Analyst

Company Details

TRANSFORMING CONNECTIVITY eliminating coverage gaps for billions

AST SpaceMobile and our global partners are building the first and only space-based cellular broadband network to be accessible by standard smartphones. Called SpaceMobile, this ultra-powerful network is being designed to provide connectivity at 4G/5G speeds everywhere on the planet – on land, at sea, and in flight.

Job Description:

The successful Staff Structural Analyst will work satellite mechanical/structure subsystem & payload non-recurring and recurring/sustaining efforts and activities including systems engineering, design, analysis, and testing.

The successful candidate will be innovative, creative, and challenge the status quo. He or she will work well in teams while also having the ability to lead a small team and to work assignments autonomously.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Execute the analysis, or evaluation of assigned projects using sound engineering principles and adhering to business standards, practices, procedures, and program requirements.
  • Mechanical analysis and design of space hardware. Preparation of strength & dynamic analyses to support trade studies, develop structure, mechanism, and component requirements. Define & execute mechanical testing requirements and procedures.
  • Perform mechanical/structure system & satellite payload equipment trade studies to determine optimal system architecture in terms of the system simplicity, performance, mass, and cost.
  • Define analytical processes and analytical tools to improve efficiency and drive standardization.
  • Develop and maintain mechanical/structure design documentation at system and payload equipment level: mechanical analysis reports, test procedures, and models.
  • Troubleshoot and investigate component or subsystem anomalies and failures, perform root-cause analysis, and provide resolution.
  • Develop mechanical/structure test plans and procedures, identify hardware needs, design test set-ups.
  • Technical support for production and testing of satellite structure and the associated hardware.


  • Minimum 8 years of hands-on experience in mechanical/structure design and analysis of spacecraft.
  • Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or related technical field. A higher degree is preferred.
  • Strong technical skill in design & analysis of satellite assemblies for launch and on-orbit environments in addition to design for manufacturability.
  • Strong technical skill in stress and dynamics for satellite assemblies in the launch and orbital environments, including FEM computer methods using standard analytical tools and classical structural analysis methods. (NASTRAN preferred, other considered: ANSYS, Hyperworks).
  • Knowledge/experience of sine/random vibration and acoustic testing of aerospace flight hardware.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multidisciplinary team with other engineers.
  • Flexibility/adaptability in a fast-paced & dynamic environment.
  • Excellent English is written and verbal communication skills.

Equal Opportunity Employer; employment is governed on the basis of merit, competence, and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.

Tagged as: mechanical engineering, mechanical/structure design & analysis of spacecraft, sine/random vibration & acoustic testing of aerospace flight hardware

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