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Engineer - Mechanical/Structural - Job ID 10329

The Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL) is seeking skilled mechanical/structural engineers for exciting relevant NASA small satellite projects such as the Sun Radio Interferometer Space Experiment (SunRISE) (, and proposals for NASA opportunities with missions in Low Earth Orbit to planetary small spacecraft. The mechanical/structural engineers are responsible for design, analysis, assembly, integration and test (AI&T) of small satellites and may act as the mechanical project lead for concept and requirement development, as well as providing technical support to related proposal efforts. The successful candidate should be familiar with industry standard best practices for static and dynamics analysis of space flight hardware. The candidates should demonstrate the ability to proactively engage team members to resolve design flaws, schedule concerns and incompatible requirements with an emphasis on delivering functional hardware, support interactions with customers, and provide technical support to related proposal efforts.
The Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL), a University Affiliated Research Center, has been developing innovative technologies and solutions for cutting-edge DoD and intelligence programs for almost six decades. Our expertise is in space and airborne IR, VIS, UV, and RF sensors, small satellite technologies, test and calibration, cybersecurity, data visualization and assurance, and ground stations.
Responsibilities will include:
1) Mechanical design
2) Structural analysis (Static and Dynamic)
3) Coordinate fabrication and purchase of flight hardware
4) Assembly of small satellites
5) Execution of test plans and procedure
6) Effective communication through written reports and presentations
Required Qualifications: 
· BS degree in mechanical engineering or related technical field (i.e., aerospace engineering)
· 3+ years of related experience
· Familiarity with small satellites and/or the space environment
· Ability to communicate clearly with individuals of varying technical and professional backgrounds
· Must be able to obtain a U.S. Government security clearance
Preferred Qualifications:
· MS in mechanical engineering
· 10+ years of related experience
· Spacecraft design experience in a space environment.
· Proficient in the use of computer-aided analysis tools (FEMAP for pre- and post-processing of finite element models; knowledge of NASTRAN for structural analysis)
· Ability to manage vendors and/or sub-contractors including the creation of specifications and statement of work (SOW)
· Experience in thermal analysis as well as structural/dynamics analysis
SDL Benefits:
At SDL, we take pride in and highly value our employees. SDL offers competitive salaries and a fantastic benefits package, including:
· Flexible work schedules
· Generous annual, sick, and holiday paid leave
· A variety of inexpensive-premium, high-quality health, dental, vision, and life insurance options
· Generous employer retirement contribution (Up to 14.2% of annual gross earnings)
· Discounted USU tuition of 50% for employees and dependents
· Access to USU facilities and USU staff privileges
Instructions to applicants:
Along with the online application, please attach:
1) Cover Letter
2) Resume
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