Mechanical and Test Technician

Company Details

Gas Stations in Space™

Currently satellites carry with them one tank of fuel and cannot be refueled. This single-use architecture greatly limits satellite mobility and the development of economic activities in Space. Orbit Fab is working to establish the first Gas Stations in Space. We are developing the refueling technology and the entire fuel supply chain architecture. We supply fuel in space for satellites to refuel and to continue operating without having to worry about running out of fuel.

Established in 2018, we have already flown three tankers to space; with the first one flown within one year of founding. We work closely with partners and customers in the larger space industry ecosystem to make thriving in-space economy a reality.

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.)

Role Requirements

  • 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

Tagged as: asme y14.5, nasa-std 8739, ansi, tvac, vibration, j-std-001 space addendum

Visit us on LinkedInVisit us on FacebookVisit us on Twitter