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Motiv Space Systems is an innovative provider of motion control and robotic system solutions for extreme environments. Among multiple exciting projects currently in work, we are in the process of developing the next generation robotic arm for JPL/NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover Mission. By employing the best people we offer our customers a partner capable of executing the full spectrum of engineering through manufacturing of electro-mechanical systems. We pride ourselves on rapid response and on time delivery because orbital mechanics don’t change based on supply chain schedules. The Motiv team is passionate about what we do and we look forward to tackling challenging projects.

Mechanical Design Engineer

Standard Benefits

  • Competitive Base Salary
  • Company Bonus Plan
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program
  • 401(k) Matching
  • Health Insurance (100% of all premiums for individual and family covered)
  • Paid Holidays and Vacation/Sick Accruals

Job Description

The Mechanical Design Engineer will be responsible for conceptualizing and developing mechanism and mechanism related designs and hardware for space flight and ground support purposes. The mechanisms may be a subset of a larger assembly or standalone.

Classification: At-will; Exempt; Salaried
Reports To: Vice President, Operations
Location: Pasadena, CA
Work Environment: Office/Lab
Citizenship Requirement: Motiv Space Systems, Inc. positions require access to defense articles, equipment, technical information or service that is subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). All applicants must be a “U.S. Person” as defined by ITAR, 22 CFR 120.15, 8 USC 1101(a)(20), and 8 USC 1324b(a)(3).
Work Schedule: Standard 40-hour work week (some overtime may be required)

Duties and Responsibilities

  • The Mechanical Design Engineer will be responsible for:
  • Leading the entire development cycle from conceptualization through the delivery of hardware for test and subsequent integration:
    • Researching design approaches and concepts
    • Tracking and reporting performance against requirements
    • Exploring the feasibility of fabrication with a Manufacturing Engineer
    • Coordinating with Test Engineer before and during the test phase
  • Duties will include:
  • Developing and generating CAD assemblies, parts, and fabrication drawings
  • Carrying out analyses on components and subassemblies using FEM and spreadsheet techniques
  • Generating presentation materials for reviews and presenting at required intervals (PDR, CDR, etc.)
  • Writing assembly documentation, including selecting and mandating inspection steps
  • Shepherding the delivered hardware through assembly, test, and integration

Essential Job Functions/Core Competencies

  • Core creative ability with an eye on realistic solutions following brainstorming/conceptual phase
  • Collaboration skills to communicate and share work product; ability to respond to changes following constructive peer review (internal and external)
  • Ability to balance the concerns of technical requirements; feasibility/ease of manufacturing and inspection; complexity of qualification testing; cost of effort; and schedule impact
  • Serve as a center of communication between the various disciplines involved throughout the mechanism development life cycle

Note: Duties and responsibilities may be added, deleted, modified, or changed at any time at the Company’s discretion. Changes may be made formally, informally either verbally or in writing.

Education, Experience, and Training

  • Minimum BS in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent experience
  • 6+ years of experience
  • Must have broad expertise or knowledge in:
    • Space mechanism design, integration, and testing:
      • Bearings
      • Gears and gear systems, particularly planetary and harmonic
      • Motors, particularly DC brushless and stepper
      • Rotary sensors
      • Rotary seals
      • Energy storage devices, such as springs
      • Powered release devices, such as pin-pullers
  • Widely used materials, coatings, and manufacturing techniques
  • Design for kinematic and pseudo-kinematic behavior
      • Other motion elements, both linear and rotary
    • GD&T for fully dimensioned and partially dimensioned, CAD-linked drawings
    • SolidWorks and SolidWorks Simulation Tools
    • Hands-on hardware experience, particularly assembly, test, and troubleshooting
    • Development cycle of space flight systems
  • Excellent writing, documentation, and presentation skills
  • Microsoft Office Tool Suite

Motiv Space Systems is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. As we work to build the future of space and space robotics, it is our mission to create an inclusive environment for all employees. Driving pioneering space missions and designing robotic infrastructure require the best talent possible, so we encourage people of different backgrounds, experiences, abilities, and perspectives to apply. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

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