Mechanical Systems Engineer
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Who are you?
As a Mechanical Systems Engineer, you will be an enthusiastic, self-starting individual who is happy to work on a range of activities from technical studies to small spacecraft systems and subsystems. You will be comfortable working as part of a team to deliver projects to a variety of customers including institutional, academic and commercial organisations.
You will have some experience in designing, developing, building and testing satellite missions, together with a willingness to learn and the ability to work with others to identify and resolve technical issues.
You will be Educated to at least degree-level or equivalent in a relevant scientific or engineering discipline; preferably Mechanical or Aerospace engineering and have experience in some of the following areas;
- Systems Engineering on a small satellite programme, or complex subsystem on a larger project, preferably across the full project lifecycle;
- Technical delivery of complex systems, software and/or electronic hardware;
Spacecraft / SQM AIT;
- Delivery of space technology and/or space mission studies or R&D projects;
- Technical pre-sales support during bid activity;
- Working in and collaborating with multi-disciplinary teams;
- Interfacing to external clients;
- Reporting project progress to internal stakeholders;
- Working with suppliers, particularly managing sub-contractor consultants;
- Knowledge of Space Standards (i.e. ECSS);
- Knowledge of UK Space Industry.
- Familiarity with a CAD package for both modelling and drawing, ideally solidworks (including ePDM). But similar products such as Fusion 360 and Solid Edge also considered.
- Ability to rapidly generate new layouts / configurations to support bids and proposals, using a common set of components to meet the specific requirements.
- Familiarity with interpreting the requirements presented in launch vehicle user manuals.
- Strong understanding of methods and approaches for spacecraft level mechanical testing, including supporting standards such as NASA GEVS.
- Appreciation of requirements of other subsystems that impact the mechanical design / layout of spacecraft e.g.. thermal, micro-vibration, AOCS
- Proficient with MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project)
- Excellent communicator, both written and verbal;
- Confident working in project delivery and bid teams.
- Ability to work closely with and interpret the outputs of analysis engineers (FEA) to understand the capabilities of the design.
- Experience with a FEM package (Nastran etc).
- Understanding of a range of machining methods and processes for manufacture of components.
- Ability to interpret and create high quality mechanical drawings, taking into account GD&T.
- A basic understanding in general programming/scripting, e.g., Python, Java, C/C++.
What will you be doing here?
As a Mechanical Systems Engineer, you will be responsible for working on microsatellites weighing 40-250kg. The role will involve the mechanical engineering tasks involved in the development and launch of payloads, structural design and analysis, hardware selection, testing and validation, and interaction with our customers.
The role requires some knowledge and experience of designing, developing, building and testing satellite missions, a willingness to learn and the ability to work with others to identify and resolve technical issues. The right attitude is equally as important as background and experience.
While the primary responsibilities of the role lie in project delivery, the role may require some bid support and other reasonable responsibilities as required by the business. You will be actively encouraged to maintain a current interest in space industry developments and are expected to pro-actively identify business/technology promotion opportunities.
Responsibilities will include:
- Co-ordinating and managing technical inputs to spacecraft mechanical design and development from internal and external parties including (but not limited to):
-Sub-contractors and suppliers (including launch providers);
-Budget (including MoI and CoG tracking);
- Supporting the definition, design, and build of MGSE.
- Management and execution of Validation and Verification activities at a subsystem and system level (including lab testing).
- Collaboration with project managers to provide inputs to schedules; risk management plans; budget management and other project artefacts as required
- Plan and manage own work in-line with project requirements
Depending on your level of experience, you will report to the Mechanical and Thermal Systems Group Lead and your work will be prioritized in discussion with them.
About In-Space Missions
In-Space Missions (ISM) are world class experts who design, build and operate space missions for global customers from our UK site. We also offer ‘Space as a Service’ by flying customer payloads on our spacecraft and by providing customers the ability to upload digital applications to operate on our hardware. ISM was founded in 2015 and has grown to comprise approximately 70 staff. The company was acquired by BAE Systems in 2021 but continues to operate as a separate business with our offices and satellite cleanrooms located in Alton, Hampshire in the UK.
We have a close-knit and supportive team, with diversity and inclusion being a key to our success. Although we are looking to rapidly expand our team, we are passionate about maintaining our small company ethos, something which is at the heart of our culture. We welcome varying backgrounds, skills, perspectives and life experiences. Here at In-Space Missions we are embracing Hybrid Working. Wherever possible, we offer flexible working arrangements to allow us to balance our work and personal life more effectively.
What can we offer you?
- 30 days holiday a year plus bank holidays
- Flexible Working
- 10% Non-Contributory Pension
- Private medical insurance and life insurance (provided by AXA)
- Death in Service
- Income Protection Scheme
- Option to join BAE Share Incentive Plan
- A fun work environment, full of opportunities for career growth
- Team meetups, including team-building days and office parties!
- Access to Rewards Plus- Benefits portal offering discounts to a host of retailers
If you’ve been shortlisted for the role, our Recruitment team will reach out to schedule an initial conversation and talk you through our interview process in detail.
Additionally, if you don’t meet all the criteria, please still apply. We really enjoy meeting diverse people who might bring a fresh perspective on a problem we need to solve!
Unfortunately, we do not offer sponsorship. Only those with the permanent and unrestricted right to live and work in the UK will be considered for a position within In-Space Missions. Successful candidates for this role may be required to go through Government SC clearance.
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