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

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 onboard 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 commercial delivery of payloads to the Moon and beyond.

Astrobotic Technology wants you to design composite structural and mechanical components for lunar landers, which will return America to the Moon. This role will design, analyze, test & assist in manufacturing structural elements to meet all mission requirements, including launch environments, transit, deployment of payloads, and landing on the lunar surface. Implement the full engineering development cycle, and regularly report to the Mechanical Systems Lead on progress.

Note: This position may be filled at multiple levels, including Engineer II, Senior, Principal, etc. depending on the candidate’s experience.


  • Develop novel composite designs to reduce mass and increase performance
  • Progress components thru the entire lifecycle; concept, design, analysis, manufacturing, and validation
  • Determine material allowables by coupon and component testing, including authoring test plans and executing tests
  • Develop processes, procedures, and work instructions for the manufacturing of composites
  • Review CAD and drawing files of structural components
  • Perform structural analysis including first order sizing and Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
  • Write and present technical reports
  • Coordinate between technical partners, suppliers, and other subsystems to assess design progress, schedule, and risks


  • B.S. in Material Science, Mechanical, or Aerospace Engineering
  • 2+ years of experience with composites
  • Experience with composite laminate design including layup definitions
  • Experience in material and component testing of composites
  • CAD and lifecycle management tools (SolidWorks & Teamcenter preferred)
  • Proficiency with Finite Element Analysis (FEA, ANSYS preferred)
  • Strong organizational, multi-tasking, and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment with changing needs and requirements


  • M.S. in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering
  • 5+ years of experience with composites
  • Experience developing primary structure and mechanical systems for spacecraft, aircraft, rotorcraft, or launch vehicles
  • Hands-on fabrication experience of composite components
  • Experience with Advanced manufacturing techniques such as Automated Fiber Placement (AFP) and Out-Of-Autoclave (OOF)
  • Advanced knowledge of finite element analysis with layered composite structures (ANSYS ACP preferred)
  • Experience correlating analysis predictions to test results and failure modes
  • Understanding of Non-Destructive Testing/Evaluation (NDT/NDE)

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.

Applicants should be prepared to submit a writing sample and references.

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 other non-merit factor.

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