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Mechanical & Test Technician

Orbit Fab

Orbit Fab

Lafayette, CO, USA
Posted on Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Orbit Fab's mission is to create the foundational infrastructure that will fuel a bustling in-space economy, capable of sustaining permanent jobs in space.

Today, satellites cannot be refueled, which severely constrains their mobility and inhibits the development of economic activities in space.

Orbit Fab breaks the single-use paradigm, pioneering our Gas Stations in Space™ refueling infrastructure and RAFTI™ technology to deliver propellant in space, enabling lower-cost satellite construction, increased maneuverability, precise control, and extended lifespans. The possibilities are unprecedented, opening the doors to unimagined operational strategies and business models.

Since our establishment in 2018, we have already achieved the successful launch of three tankers to space. With offices in both the US and UK, we are working in close collaboration with partners and customers across the space industry. Orbit Fab is rapidly ramping up capabilities and requires exceptional talent to tackle important challenges. Our roles offer wide ranging opportunities to have a demonstrable impact and enable a bustling in space economy.


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.)

Role Requirements

  • 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, discretionary time off and flexible work hours.


Some job roles may be limited to US Persons (22 CFR 120.62 “U.S. person”).

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.