ROBOTICS (MECHANICAL) LEAD ENGINEER

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A space robotics company making 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 lead our Robotics subsystem in our Planetary Landers department. You and the team will develop, build, test, and operate robotic systems for spacecraft. These will include (but are not limited to): gimbal pointing systems, articulated solar arrays, deployment mechanisms. You will work closely with other subsystem leads to ensure a successful mission. You work will help us design, analyze, and test while decreasing the cost to access the Moon. You will regularly report to the Mechanical & Fluid Systems Manager on progress.

RESPOSIBILITIES INCLUDE

  • Lead a team of engineers to develop robotic systems
  • Perform trade studies through prototyping, analysis, testing and integration activities
  • Design precision electro-mechanical systems
  • Create and review CAD and drawings
  • Hands on assembly of prototypes and flight hardware
  • Provide real time mission operations support
  • Create and execute test plans and document the results
  • Develop tools, methods, and best practices as it relates to robotics and mechanisms
  • Assist with recruiting of new employees
  • Coordinate between technical partners, vendors, and other subsystem to assess design progress, schedule, and risks

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • B.S. in Mechanical or Robotics Engineering or related fields
  • 5+ years of relevant experience designing complex electro-mechanical systems
  • Experience leading or managing projects and/or teams
  • Direct experience sizing motors and gear trains
  • Mechanism design experience including bearings, gears, cams, springs, etc.
  • Experience with scripting languages for quick prototyping and proof of concept
  • Proven ability to take a concept thru the full product life cycle
  • 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

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • M.S. in Robotics or Mechanical Engineering or related fields
  • 10+ years of relevant experience
  • Experience developing robotics systems for aircraft, spacecraft or launch vehicles
  • Experience across a wide range of fabrication and assembly techniques
  • Proficient in CAD (SolidWorks preferred) and lifecycle management tools
  • Knowledge of first order sizing calculations and FEA (ANSYS Workbench preferred)
  • Knowledge of how to analyze components to harsh environments (vibration, shock, vacuum, etc.)

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