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Senior Mechanical Engineer - Space Vehicles

Tyvak, a Terran Orbital Corporation Irvine, CA
  • Expired: over a month ago. Applications are no longer accepted.

Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems, a Terran Orbital Corporation company, is seeking a Senior Mechanical Engineer to join our Space Vehicle Mechanical Engineering team. Tyvak specializes in the development of technologies optimized to enable state-of-the-art comprehensive spacecraft & mission solutions. Tyvaks multidisciplinary engineering staff is responsible for end-to-end development cycles encompassing design, analysis, production, test and operational support.

As a Senior Mechanical Engineer, you will be responsible for spacecraft and component structures capable of withstanding launch vehicle and space environments. You will also be responsible for high-reliability mechanisms including locking hinges, actuators, reaction wheels, and gimballed mechanisms. Associated design efforts will include mass optimization, vibration attenuation, tuned thermal properties and passive or active thermal control accommodations. Design for machinability, test and assembly will be predominant design requirements. You will have support from a wide breadth of engineering disciplines including structural and thermal analysts. You will also have at your disposal onsite vibration, TVAC, HASS/HALT environmental test facilities; a Tyvak owned machine shop equipped with new-model Haas CNC machines and supporting staff; and metrology equipment including x-ray CT scan, automated 3D precision measurement gantry and a precision multi-component dynamometer.


  • Interchange and lead interface discussions and prioritize work with mission counterparts affecting spacecraft and/or payload design.
  • Participate in hardware requirements generation, design, implementation, and testing discussions with multiple team members.
  • Perform first-level thermal analysis and FEA on spacecraft assemblies and parts.
  • Perform design tolerancing given environmental and performance requirements.
  • Manage parts and material procurements from vendors and machine shops while also identifying appropriate materials and necessary surface treatments.
  • Manage the development of the Master Equipment List (MEL).
  • Manage the mechanical design of space vehicles including generating, maintaining and updating 3D model and parts database and creating 2D drawings for parts, assemblies, and harnesses.
  • Lead Make/Buy trades for specialty structures and mechanisms.
  • Develop assembly procedures, test plans, and fabrication documentation.
  • Develop presentation materials for customer design, peer, and acceptance reviews through the project life-cycle.
  • Oversee necessary prototyping to increase technology readiness levels (TRL).
  • Identifying and assessing creative and innovative solutions to unique mass, power, thermal and GNC challenges.
  • Working in both an office and lab environment.
  • Working closely with electrical, and system engineers in a small team environment.


  • Competent in CAD software such as AutoCAD, ProEngineer, or SolidWorks (Preferred).
  • BS or MS in Mechanical, Aerospace, or equivalent degree required.
  • Working knowledge of GD&T and ability to apply GD&T.
  • Knowledge of safety and mission assurance approaches including MIPs and procedures including ASME Y14.5, ASME Y14.1, AS9100, ISO-9000, ANSI/ESD S20.20, and other Aerospace standards.
  • Knowledge and experience with applicable workmanship standards such as NAS-STD-8739.1, NAS-STD-8739.4, and NAS-STD-8739.6.
  • Familiarity with NASA materials and process including NASA-STD-6016.
  • Experience designing complex miniature mechanical structures for space applications.
  • Experience developing miniature mechanisms intended for operation in vacuum over extended temperature ranges.
  • Machine shop experience highly desirable
  • Ability in working with solid modeling software and FEA tools including SolidWorks, Thermal Desktop, and Ansys.
  • Knowledgeable and proficient in applying advanced engineering principles
  • Quick to grasp abstract problems and creative in visualizing solutions.
  • Productive in craftsmanship and attentive to detail.
  • Ability to document complex designs and procedures with attention to detail.
  • Good communication with team members, and ability to within a fast paced multi discipline team.
  • Experience working with flight hardware in a controlled environment.
  • Ability to use precision inspection equipment, i.e. micrometers, indicators, etc. (usually acquired by machining or other precision hands-on experience)
  • Per the requirement of certain Tyvak facilities, applicant must be eligible to obtain and maintain a U.S. TS/SCI Security Clearance and all special accesses required to work at such facilities.


  • Competitive health benefits, including 100% Company Paid Medical PPO plan for Employees and Dependents
  • Generous Paid Company Holiday schedule
  • Paid Time Off Package


To comply with U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

Terran Orbital/Tyvak is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin/ethnicity, age, veteran status, disability status, mental or physical disability, or any other legally protected status.

Tyvak, a Terran Orbital Corporation


Irvine, CA