Gas Stations in Space™
We are creating the on-orbit infrastructure needed to get humans into space, starting with the first in-orbit propellant depot. Everyone here is building that. So will you.
Orbit Fab likes to move fast, break barriers, and change the way space missions work.
We’re looking for the best minds, backed by a practical can-do attitude.
We describe here the skills, qualifications, and responsibilities that we need to have as a team. You don’t need all of them. Your aptitude for complex technical challenges and your practical experience designing/building/coding stuff will trump specific qualifications or tools any day!
Position Purpose: As a Mechanical and Test Technician, you will support the engineering team in fabrication, modification, assembly, testing and prototyping of flight hardware for complicated mechanisms. Working within the engineering group, you’ll be tasked with component modifications and building assemblies, providing feedback and updates for procedures, performing component and assembly testing for function as well as flight qualifications. This position will allow you to work independently and exercise your judgment, as well as be part of a cross-specialty team to solve the engineering problems that accompany products in space.
- Work on small precision assemblies, work with small tools underneath a microscope, handle delicate parts and optics
- Take ownership and maintain documentation for complex, high-reliability assemblies
- Modify existing mechanical parts using hand and machine tools
- Setting up and operating manual and CNC mills, lathes, and other machining equipment
- Polymerics (epoxy) mixing and application
- Cabling and harness assembly and modifications
- Be able to identify faulty parts during the assembly process
- Perform standard manufacturing procedures, rework, and repair on manufactured equipment and products
- Test support: Vibration, Thermal, Shock
- Work with engineers to troubleshoot and solve technical issues
- Be willing to cross train in multiple areas of specialty
- Provide input for continuous process improvement, develop more refined ways of manufacturing and assembling mechanical parts and components
- General knowledge of test equipment (ie. LabView based Data Acquisition systems. Digital multimeters, oscilloscopes, etc.)
- US Person (US Citizen or Permanent Resident)
- 4+ years working in an engineering field and/or precision mechanical assembly environment
- Ability to read and work to engineering documentation
- Excellent manual dexterity, ability to handle small parts
- Possess strong problem solving and communication abilities
- Familiarity with small tools used for hand-held assembly
- Experience using metrology tools (Micrometers, Calipers, Multi-meters, etc.)
- Basic Knowledge of GD&T (ANSI/ASME Y14.5)
- High standard of workmanship is a must
- Must have standard test equipment experience
- Collaborative and team focused
- Excellent communication, analytical, organizational, strategic, and statistical skills
- An effective sense of urgency and ability to manage multiple priorities in a fast paced, small company environment
Nice to Haves:
- Aerospace Workmanship Standards: J-STD-001 Space Addendum, NASA STD 8739
- Space environmental testing (ie. Shock, Vibration, TVAC, Thermal, Life, etc.)
- Experience setting up and operating manual and CNC mills and lathes
- Experience setting up and operating 3D printers
- Expert knowledge of GD&T (ANSI/ASME Y14.5)
- Experience with LabView and MATLAB
- Experience with Onshape CAD software
- Expertise working spacecraft or launch vehicle operations
The day to day work will take place in San Francisco, though a new facility is planned for the US Mountain States. You will support a diverse team of talented engineers across multiple projects. You will lead the technical development of projects that suit your areas of focus.
“Orbit Fab Inc does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.”