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Chief Engineer

Orbit Fab

Orbit Fab

Other Engineering
Lafayette, CO, USA
Posted on Wednesday, March 22, 2023

With a vision for a bustling in-space economy that can support permanent jobs in space, Orbit Fab is building the fundamental infrastructure this entire economy can be built upon: a fuel supply in orbit.

Today, satellites cannot be refueled. A single-use paradigm severely limits satellite mobility and holds back the development of economic activities in space. Orbit Fab is building the first Gas Stations in Space™ refueling infrastructure. We develop the supply chain architecture and technology to deliver propellant in space, allowing satellites to be built for lower cost, to be more flexible and maneuverable, to be more precisely controlled, and to operate longer, enabling operations and business models that have never before been imagined..

Established in 2018, we have already flown three tankers to space; with the first one flown within one year of founding. Working closely with partners and customers across the space industry, we are making the thriving in-space economy a reality.


A key member of the engineering team at Orbit Fab, you will assist in technical leadership to engineering teams to execute on this vision. Within the next two years we will be delivering fuel using fuel shuttles, fuel depots, fluid handling equipment, rendezvous and docking capability, and fleet management in orbit. Most of these will be world-firsts.

As the Chief Engineer, you will serve as the overall technical expert and architect for all the company products from component, subsystem and system-level perspectives. This includes maintaining and driving execution on the company technology roadmap. The Chief Engineer serves as a liaison between the Engineering team and the Senior Leadership stakeholders of the Orbit Fab organization. Generally, this person is responsible for all engineering technical leadership, setting quality standards, design reviews, engineering tools and processes, providing technical guidance to the company on designs, working with Product, Operations and BD for alignment of priorities, schedules and technical roadmap. Additional responsibilities include technical leadership, mentoring and training team members, and empowering a cross systems approach between engineering and neighboring departments. This position will be a technical leader, not a direct manager of people.


  • Support technical teams through design & execution

  • Accountable for the engineering related to the design, development, build, test, qualification, and operational cadence

  • Strong partner to the VP of Operations and Director of Product to align technology and product roadmaps with project plans, team priorities and technical capabilities.

  • Guide the continuous improvement of automation, processes, quality systems, procedures, activities, metrics and enabling technology for all components of the portfolio described above

  • Oversee selection and deployment of the tools necessary to support the activities of the technology teams.

  • Help protect company IP, contributing to patents and know-how.

  • Align company and technology roadmaps with teams priorities and technical capabilities

  • Ensure that the team executes at a pace that surprises the entire industry

  • Assist in the creation, documentation, and maintaining of standard practices in the engineering organization


  • 15 years of experience as a technical contributor to engineering teams

  • BS degree, or MS degree in related field and Ten (10) years of related engineering design experience in mechanical and/or propulsion systems.

  • Experience of the full Aerospace engineering product lifecycle from concept through spaceflight operations and production

  • Technical literacy across all aerospace engineering disciplines, able to ask the right questions

  • Deep technical knowledge in a single field which has led to your abilities to communicate technical challenges

  • Experience establishing standards and understanding of technical needs, requirements, capabilities, complexities and additional areas to assess for product and project/mission designs

The estimated salary range for this position is $150,000-300,000

If you feel you would succeed in the role above, we encourage you to apply regardless of whether or not you meet all of the requirements listed.

Location and Benefits

Orbit Fab is based out of Lafayette, Colorado and all roles are based in Colorado. We offer fully covered benefits and flexible work hours.


To conform to US Government space technology export regulations, applicants must be a US citizen, lawful permanent resident of the US, protected individual as defined by 8 USC 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorization from the US Department of State.

Orbit Fab Inc does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.