Space System Engineer

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Product development and manufacturing aerospace engineering company in Somerset West has a permanent position for a system engineer to take responsibility for new electro-mechanical product design, development and verification – on various projects and while working within a multidisciplinary team.


Design and develop electronics-based products for use in spacecrafts and related systems, together with their associated design documentation, test & qualification procedures, jigs and calibration systems:

  • Act as the Technical Lead during the development phase and as the Design Authority during the life cycle of the system/product
  • Attend requirements and proposal discussions with clients (external or internal), when required.
  • Derive technical specifications for system requirements based on market and/or Customer needs.
  • Analyse and decompose the system’s mission requirements into mechanical, hardware and software requirements
  • Research, develop and test theoretical and conceptual designs.
  • Work closely with the Project Manager to plan and manage the integration, qualification and testing activities
  • Simulate/test the design at various levels, ensuring that the product will work with adequate design margins and will perform reliably and consistently in specified operation environments
  • Document and review all system aspects during the design phases.
  • Interact with sub-contractors and support the resolution of manufacturing issues.
  • Support the Industrialisation team with the development of production equipment and documentation
  • Other ad-hoc duties as required by company.



  • B.Sc/B.Eng degree in Electronics/Mechatronics Engineering from a recognized institution.
    Experience (within aerospace or defence industry):
  • System engineering of new electronics product development (>3-4 years)
  • High-reliability electronic/electro-mechanic product design and realisation (>5-7 years)
  • Product development for space missions (>3-4 years)
  • Experience with environmental product qualification

Additional knowledge areas that would strengthen the application.

  • Degree in Space Systems Engineering (optimal) or Space Engineering background
  • System engineering degree, training or similar
  • Master’s Degree
  • Electronics design, schematic creation and PCB layout (preferably in Altium Designer)
  • Familiarity with 3D CAD software and design principles (preferably SOLIDWORKS)
  • Software development (Python, C, C++)
  • FPGA development (VHDL preferred)
  • Familiarity with microcontroller architectures (PIC, ARM, AVR, etc.)
  • Project Management (MSProject or other)
  • Familiarity/experience designing, developing, and supporting satellite actuator and/or sensor subsystems (reaction wheel, sun sensor, magnetometer, etc.
  • Experience working with Optical/Optomechanical systems
  • Electromagnetic design and analysis
  • Experience with ‘design for manufacturing’ and understanding of manufacturing processes, equipment, etc.
  • Experience working with/to recognized space industry standards (ECSS, NASA, etc.)


  • Positive self-motivated, self-starter attitude
  • Innovative – thinking ‘outside the box’
  • Leader
  • Responsible
  • Team player
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Customer focused
  • Able to persuade and influence others
  • Ability to bounce back
  • Flexible and able to multi-task, can work within an ambiguous, fast-moving environment
  • Excellent time management
  • Resourcefulness
  • Ability to self-manage and set priorities


  • English

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