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Satellite Mechanical Hardware Engineer

Perspecta Careers Pasadena, CA
  • Posted: August 08, 2019
  • Full-Time

Civilian, State and Local

Perspecta’s Civilian, State and Local segment partners with the U.S. Federal Civilian State and Local governments to provide infrastructure services, business solutions, and digital transformation services that help them achieve policy objectives and integrate citizen-centric services.  

In this position you will be developing mechanical space flight hardware, from concept to test, in support of JPL planetary exploration programs at our Pasadena location and will involve interfacing with JPL staff.

  • The candidate will work in teams to design, developm, and test of mechanical and/or electromechanical systems, instruments, and/or machines such as planetary rovers, landers, motion control systems, and surface sampling systems.

  • Work in a collaborative environment to design, analyze, build and test mechanical components, devices, structures and assemblies, including mechanical ground support equipment (MGSE) and tooling for a Flight Project.

  • Establish requirements, and specify interfaces for flight hardware under development. Work independently, and under the direction of the technical leads and project management. Develop procedures for build, test, assembly, and operation of mechanical hardware. Prepare, coordinate, and deliver formal and informal technical peer reviews.


Requires 10 to 12 years with BS/BA or 8 to 10 years with MS/MA or 5 to 7 years with PhD.


  • Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Robotics, or related technical discipline
  • 15+ years of related experience or equivalent.

  • Experience in mechanisms and/or mechanical systems engineering.

  • Ability to perform trade studies, develop conceptual configurations, engineer piece-parts and mechanical systems, and facilitate the fabrication, assembly, and qualification of hardware.

  • Expertise in mechanical engineering disciplines for the design, analysis and test of structures and mechanisms, including strength of materials, machine and structure design, structural/mechanical testing, manufacturing engineering, mechanical systems, and machine shop practices.

  • Experience using Unigraphics/Siemens NX CAD modeling software, in a Product Delivery Management (PDM) or similar Concurrent Engineering environment. TeamCenter experience preferred.

  • Demonstrated experience developing and delivering mechanical parts, assemblies or mechanical systems.

  • Demonstrated experience performing stress analysis of structures and mechanical elements, using classical hand methods and Finite Element Modeling.

  • Experience with spacecraft flight hardware development and test.

  • Knowledge of Standards for Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) per American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Y14.5.

  • Knowledge of academic and industry practices and standards across a range of applications related to the development, production and safety of space flight hardware and systems.

  • Experience leading one or more junior engineers or techs on an engineering project.


What matters to our nation, is what matters to us. At Perspecta, everything we do, from conducting innovative research to cultivating strong relationships, supports one imperative: ensuring that your work succeeds.  Our company was formed to bring a broad array of capabilities to all parts of the public sector—from investigative services and IT strategy to systems work and next-generation engineering.


Our promise is simple: never stop solving our nation’s most complex challenges. And with a workforce of approximately 14,000, more than 48 percent of which is cleared, we have been trusted to just that, as a partner of choice across the entire sector.


Perspecta is an AA/EEO Employer - Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled and other protected categories.

Perspecta Careers


Pasadena, CA

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