Manufacturing Engineer

Company Details

LeoLabs is the world’s leading commercial provider of low Earth orbit (LEO) mapping and Space Domain Awareness (SDA) services.

About Us

LeoLabs is the world’s leading commercial provider of low Earth orbit (LEO) mapping and Space Domain Awareness (SDA) services. LeoLabs was founded in 2016 as a venture-funded spinout of Silicon Valley research pioneer, SRI International, by scientists and space industry veterans committed to securing Low Earth Orbit (LEO). LeoLabs is built on 30+ years of R&D in radar systems and satellite tracking algorithms. The team is rapidly expanding its global radar network and data services platform to help satellite operators deploy their services safely and to empower governmental space agencies with detailed visibility into the LEO ecosystem. As commercial space ventures and newly-formed space agencies from every corner of the globe compete for their place in the second space race, LeoLabs is here to address a new generation of risks and opportunities to preserve LEO for future generations.

The Opportunity 

In this role you will be responsible for overseeing all activities related to the quality control and quality assurance of the heavy manufactured components, including high-tolerance large steel and aluminum weldments, LeoLabs uses as part of our deployment of a global system of radars. In support of the Radar Hardware manufacturing & assembly team, your contribution will directly help mature our manufacturing efforts as we ramp up our radar deployment schedule. Additionally, you will develop, maintain, and produce technical documents regarding specifications to produce LeoLabs radar components – this includes both written, technical communication and assembly drawing packages. The ideal candidate will have experience working in a fast-paced environment and be comfortable with consistent change. This role will be part of the Radar Deployment Group and you will be reporting to the Head of Construction.

Responsibilities

  • Quality control oversight of the heavy manufactured goods produced in Tucson for LeoLabs radar production by both LeoLabs staff and contract manufactureres
  • Maintain up to date drawings, specs, and BOMs for each of LeoLabs’ radar configurations
  • Document and maintain revision control of 3D and 2D Solidworks parts and drawings for all components produced for LeoLabs radars out of our Tucson location
  • Communicate production schedules to the larger Radar Deployment Group – light manufacturing, field team, construction, logistics, procurement
  • Light shipping & receiving
  • Advise LeoLabs staff and CMs on process improvements and submit reports on process improvements to the larger group
  • Fully maintaining transactions within ERP system and integration of PLM system

It is imperative that you have good recordkeeping and communication skills, as well as have an excellent understanding of what quality work is and why it is important. This work also requires the ability to occasionally lift heavy equipment up to 65 pounds.

Qualifications 

  • 3+ years of manufacturing or production engineering
  • Experience with industrial paint specifications and proper application techniques
  • Experience engaging colleagues and contract manufacturers on heavy manufacturing production floors
  • Experience overseeing components are made to spec and developing documentation to build clarity into the production chain
  • Significant Solidworks experience
  • Great computer skills with Microsoft Office software
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Great written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to maintain a clean and safe workspace
  • Desire to learn about components that make up our radar systems

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Experience working in a small team (startup environment)
  • Familiarity with ERP & data entry systems

Within 1 month, you’ll: 

  • Complete our onboarding program designed to get you up to speed on our business, vision and team
  • Gain an understanding about how your role fits into LeoLabs broader organization
  • Directly engage with team working on manufacturing floor

Within 3 months, you’ll: 

  • Have integrated into our manufacturing process and understand the extent of products we produce and ship out of our Tucson location
  • Begin documenting and improving quality of products being prepared for oversees deployments
  • Be actively involved with improvements and lead enhancements where necessary

Within 6 months, you’ll: 

  • Have built a comprehensive database of all parts produced out of Tucson
  • Make recommendations to the manufacturing process to ensure products arriving at our active construction, remote radar sites meet the technical specifications necessary for proper commissioning of a radar site
  • Developed a thorough understanding of overarching goals and make necessary changes to help achieve radar build deadlines

Within 12 months, you’ll:

  • Have significantly improved manufacturing flow process, taken ownership of all aspects of the manufacturing value chain at our Tucson facility
  • Actively support growth initiatives within the manufacturing process in tandem with growth of LeoLabs
  • Be a critical source of support for other cross-functional teams

ITAR REQUIREMENTS

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. More information regarding ITAR can be found at DDTC’s website here.

LeoLabs is an equal opportunity employer that truly values diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

LeoLabs is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, LeoLabs will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact LeoLabs.

ITAR REQUIREMENTS

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. More information regarding ITAR can be found at DDTC’s website here.

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