Sr. Mechanical Design Engineer- Mechanisms at Vector
Huntington Beach, CA, US

With nearly two decades of sub-orbital launch experience and technology development, VECTOR needs your help in taking the next steps to push space boundaries.  

Job Summary

Innovation in space occurs when people have the freedom to imagine and to do. We are looking for other thought leaders in their fields of expertise who also believe in our vision and can work beside us to make this dream a reality. The Sr. Mechanical Design Engineer- Mechanisms will be part of the VECTOR Structures and Mechanisms group and responsible for actuators and mechanisms across the rocket, from TVC Actuators to Satellite deployment mechanisms. The role will give you the opportunity to be hands on and lead efforts to develop a highly optimized design, through the conceptualization, detailed design, manufacture and test of primary and secondary launch vehicle structures and mechanisms. This role is for a dynamic, self-starting individual with great attention to detail and excellent people skills. This is a full-time position located at our facility in Huntington Beach, CA.

A typical day might include the following:

  • Create complex 3-D CAD models and assemblies using Unigraphics/Siemens NX CAD modeling software, in a Product Delivery Management (PDM) or similar Concurrent Engineering environment. Teamcenter experience preferred.
  • Expertise in mechanical engineering disciplines for the design, analysis and test of structures and mechanisms
  • Experience with strength of materials, machine and structure design, structural/mechanical testing
  • Ownership of product delivery timeline through conception, design, assembly and launch
  • Develop test plans for mechanisms through development, qualification, and acceptance testing
  • Ability to perform trade studies, develop conceptual configurations, engineer piece-parts and mechanical systems, and facilitate the fabrication, assembly, and qualification of hardware
  • VECTOR strongly believes in the power of the individual and seeks people who share our passion for innovating, building and flying

This job might be for you if you have these:

  • S./M.S. in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent is required
  • 6+ years of experience developing complex parts and assemblies, through the full product life cycle
  • Demonstrated experience performing stress analysis of structures and mechanical elements, using classical hand methods and Finite Element Modeling
  • Experience with spacecraft flight hardware development and test
  • Knowledge of Standards for Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) per ASME Y14.5 2009
  • Working knowledge of manufacturing engineering, mechanical systems, and machine shop practices
  • Willing to travel 5% to Tucson, AZ facility to support test campaigns and support program reviews is likely
  • Strong engineering intuition and understanding of engineering first principles
  • Ability and willingness to thrive in a fast-paced, rapidly changing work environment
  • Must be available to work extended hours and weekends as needed

It would be impressive if you also have these:

  • NX Simcenter Motion
  • BIG vision to reshape the multi-billion launch market
  • Ability to work as a member of a cross-functional team
  • Ability to add something unique and positive to our team

Personal Requirements

Do you have an entrepreneurial spirit and desire to be part of an innovative team that designs, builds and flies rockets? Put your skills to work and see if you have what it takes to become a part of the new frontier of rocket science. Search all of our job 

ITAR Requirements
To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by ITAR (22 CFR §120.15) or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here.

VECTOR is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Each individual has the right to work in a professional environment that promotes equal employment opportunity and prohibits discriminatory practices, including harassment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.