Senior Mechanical Engineer

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To lead innovation, manufacturing and operations

Be more than just an employee number! Join Terran Orbital, the leader in innovation, manufacturing and operations in the small satellite industry. We are a pioneer in the miniaturization of space technologies and the delivery of responsive space solutions. We are a unique, fast growing, and trusted team focused on quickly and economically designing, building, launching, and operating state-of-the-art satellites for advanced mission constellations.


  • Terran Orbital is seeking an experienced mechanical design engineer to develop key elements of mission and communications subsystems for innovative, high-capability small satellites. Exciting product development activities will include phased array antennas, high data rate radios, and radar systems.
  • This engineer will be responsible for full lifecycle ownership of mechanical systems, interfaces, and electronics packaging from concept through design, manufacturing, and test.Development of structures and mechanisms for mechanical packaging, deployment, thermal management, and spacecraft interface of complex electronics assemblies.
  • Collaborate with systems, software, and digital engineering to develop optimal solutions to complex problems including thermal management, layout support, and harness design and routing.
  • Use hand calculations, computer aided design, and detailed analyses to ensure all hardware meets or exceeds customer and internal requirements.
  • Prepare and present detailed mechanical design reviews; generate detailed mechanical and harness drawings and assembly procedures
  • Generate detailed mechanical and harness drawings and assembly procedures
  • Develop test plans for parts through development, qualification, and acceptance testing
  • Development of custom test interface hardware
  • Support assembly and test of prototype and flight hardware
  • Additional responsibilities as necessary, including support of other program or integrated product teams when subject matter expertise, review, or input is required.



  • BS or MS in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent degree
  • 5+ years relevant experience
  • Complex electronics packaging design experience
  • Solid understanding and demonstrated application of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing
  • Understanding of structural and thermal analyses, and failure modes of complex mechanical systems
  • Hands-on experience performing fabrication, assembly, or testing of mechanical hardware
  • Experience with Solidworks, PTC Creo, or similar 3D computer aided design (CAD) tool
  • Experience with NASTRAN, ANSYS, or similar commercial finite element analysis tool
  • Meticulous attention to detail in design and documentation.
  • Additional preferred experience:
  • Space hardware design experience
  • High-density phased array packaging design experience
  • Design for manufacturability experience

Tagged as: CAD, ansys, nastran

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