Propulsion Manufacturing Design Support

  • Contract
  • Posted 6 days ago
  • Moving to Japan is required. Strong spoken and written English.

Company Details

ispace is a leading micro-robotics Japanese company with a subsidiary in the United States and Europe. ispace’s Hakuto rover won the Google XPRIZE mobility milestone award. ispace’s lunar lander is its next step towards prospecting for, mining and utilizing lunar resources to expand human presence in space.

ispace Japan is seeking an experienced propulsion engineer to support the mechanical design of the propulsion pipework.

The ideal candidate will have experience of propulsion physical layout definition including pipework accommodation and component. They should have a strong experience in CAD software, be experienced at performing trade studies and be capable of overseeing build activities. The candidate should also be able to perform preliminary stress analysis to aid in quick assessment of propulsion support structure.

This position is based in Tokyo. Official working language is English. ispace is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity, committed to hiring and developing top talent from around the world to work in an inclusive environment where all people can give their best, regardless of gender, race, religion or background.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Actively participate in the physical definition of the propulsion system
  • Design and analyse component support brackets
  • Select and analyse tubing support structure
  • Perform trade off studies to evaluate routing options
  • Perform preliminary stress analysis on pipework
  • Assess manufacturability of design
  • Support interface with pipework manufacturer and AIT
  • Lead propulsion manufacturing reviews

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor or master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering, or equivalent
  • Five or more years of industrial experience using CAD software
  • Experience with spacecraft bracket design and stress analysis
  • Knowledge of propulsion system layout constrains and limitations
  • Strong spoken and written English with experience interacting with external entities
  • Proficiency in the understanding of technical drawings

Preferred Experience:

  • Ten or more years of experience in the spacecraft propulsion physical design and stress analysis
  • Experience working on space projects, preferably in the field of spacecraft propulsion
  • Familiarity with pipework stand-off selection, propulsion component bracket design and pipework
  • Familiar with pressure drop analysis using dedicated pressure drop software
  • Familiar with build verification procedures for spacecraft propulsion system
  • Experienced coordinating an external manufacturing team
  • Experience with Solidworks
  • Ability to read X-rays and conclude on acceptability of welds
  • Moving to Japan is required


  • Salary – Depends on skills and experience
  • Work Hours -Discretionary Work system(裁量労働制) or Flextime will be applicable
  • Paid Leave – in compliance with Japan Labor law
  • Other Holidays –  Sat & Sun, Japanese National Holiday, Summer : 5 days, Winter : 5 days, and
  • Thanks Holiday(for any occasion) :2 days
  • Probationary Period – 6 months
  • Performance Review – Basically twice a year
  • Work from Home – Applicable after probationary period
  • Japanese Social Security – all applicable (Health Insurance, Pension, Workers’ Comp and Unemployment Insurance)
  • Retirement Age: 75 years old
  • Language Lesson(English, Japanese) : Under certain conditions

If you are currently located at outside of Japan, don’t worry, we’ll set an interview over the phone.


Tagged as: CAD, stress analysis, solidworks, lunar lander, spacecraft bracket design

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