Mechanical and Test Technician
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.
As a Mechanical and Test Technician, you will support the engineering team in fabrication, modification, assembly, testing and prototyping of flight hardware for complicated mechanisms. Working within the engineering group, you’ll be tasked with component modifications and building assemblies, providing feedback and updates for procedures, performing component and assembly testing for function as well as flight qualifications. This position will allow you to work independently and exercise your judgment, as well as be part of a cross-specialty team to solve the engineering problems that accompany products in space.
- Work on small precision assemblies, work with small tools underneath a microscope, handle delicate parts and optics
- Take ownership and maintain documentation for complex, high-reliability assemblies
- Modify existing mechanical parts using hand and machine tools
- Setting up and operating manual and CNC mills, lathes, and other machining equipment
- Polymerics (epoxy) mixing and application
- Cabling and harness assembly and modifications
- Be able to identify faulty parts during the assembly process
- Perform standard manufacturing procedures, rework, and repair on manufactured equipment and products
- Test support: Vibration, Thermal, Shock
- Work with engineers to troubleshoot and solve technical issues
- Be willing to cross train in multiple areas of specialty
- Provide input for continuous process improvement, develop more refined ways of manufacturing and assembling mechanical parts and components
- General knowledge of test equipment (ie. LabView based Data Acquisition systems. Digital multimeters, oscilloscopes, etc.)
- 4+ years working in an engineering field and/or precision mechanical assembly environment
- Ability to read and work to engineering documentation
- Excellent manual dexterity, ability to handle small parts
- Possess strong problem solving and communication abilities
- Familiarity with small tools used for hand-held assembly
- Experience using metrology tools (Micrometers, Calipers, Multi-meters, etc.)
- Basic Knowledge of GD&T (ANSI/ASME Y14.5)
- High standard of workmanship is a must
- Must have standard test equipment experience
- Collaborative and team focused
- Excellent communication, analytical, organizational, strategic, and statistical skills
- An effective sense of urgency and ability to manage multiple priorities in a fast paced, small company environment
Nice to haves
- Aerospace Workmanship Standards: J-STD-001 Space Addendum, NASA STD 8739
- Space environmental testing (ie. Shock, Vibration, TVAC, Thermal, Life, etc.)
- Experience setting up and operating manual and CNC mills and lathes
- Experience setting up and operating 3D printers
- Expert knowledge of GD&T (ANSI/ASME Y14.5)
- Experience with LabView and MATLAB
- Experience with Onshape CAD software
- Expertise working spacecraft or launch vehicle operations
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.
The estimated salary range for this position is $70,000-85,000
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.
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