Mechanical Designer

Company Details

Astrobotic Technology, Inc. is a space robotics company that seeks to make space accessible to the world.

The company’s suite of lunar landers delivers payloads to the Moon for companies, governments, universities, non-profits, and individuals. The company is also developing advanced space robotics capabilities such as terrain relative navigation, mobile robotics for lunar surface operations, and reliable computing systems for mission-critical applications. Originally spun out of Carnegie Mellon University in 2007, Astrobotic is pioneering affordable planetary access that promises to spark a new era of exploration, science, tourism, resource utilization, and mining. Astrobotic is based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Astrobotic was selected by NASA in May 2019 for a $79.5 million contract to deliver a suite of NASA instruments to the Moon. This mission will see the Peregrine lunar lander return America to the Moon with 22 payloads representing 5 countries.

In June 2020, Astrobotic was selected for a $199.5 million contract to deliver the NASA VIPER rover to the lunar south pole on board the Griffin lunar lander. This mission will enable NASA’s objective to map water ice on the lunar surface, which in turn supports NASA’s plans for crewed missions in 2024. As part of Astrobotic’s Planetary Landers Team, you will literally be creating history as we define the benchmark for the commercial delivery of payloads to the Moon and beyond.

Astrobotic Technology wants you to join our Planetary Landers team and focus on designing ground support equipment for our lunar landers. You will help develop new ideas, concepts, and detailed designs for tooling, fixturing, lifting equipment, moving equipment, etc. You also are asked to support designing lander components, such as primary structure, piping systems, and thermal protection. Your work will help us fabricate, assemble, and test while decreasing the cost to access the Moon. You will regularly report to the Mechanical Systems Manager on progress.


  • Create CAD models and drawings of new concepts and designs
  • Developing Bill of Materials (BOMs) to support
  • Designing ground support equipment (GSE) to support assembly, integration, and/or testing
  • Designing tooling and fixturing to support welding operations
  • Routing plumbing lines in 3D
  • Hands-on fabrication or prototyping to show proof of concept or modify existing hardware
  • Coordinate between internal teams, external partners, and vendors


  • Associates degree in Mechanical Drafting or equivalent
  • CAD experience (SolidWorks preferred)
  • Knowledge of ASME Y14.5 drafting standards
  • Experience with low volume manufacturing processes such as CNC programming, milling, turning, sheet metal, etc.
  • Adaptable to a startup environment, able to self-start with minimal guidance
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment with changing needs and requirements



  • 5+ years experience in a Mechanical Design or equivalent role
  • Experience developing hardware and systems for aircraft, spacecraft, or launch vehicles
  • Experience designing tooling and fixturing
  • Hands-on welding experience
  • Familiarity with inspection techniques such as coordinate-measuring machines (CMM)
  • Experience routing 3D plumbing or wiring
  • Understanding of GD&T for complex parts and large assemblies


To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you 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.

Astrobotic Technology, Inc. does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or another non-merit factor.

If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send us a request.


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