Component & Mechanism Engineer

Los Angeles, California

ABL’s Component & Mechanism Engineers are critical to each action taken by the launch vehicle during flight.

Launch vehicles are riddled with components, from fluid control devices, actuators, separation mechanisms, and instrumentation. When there is a rocket failure, one of these components is usually the cause. Great Component & Mechanism Engineers know well ahead of launch that their design is going to function without fail, having spent many hours designing, developing, and manufacturing a robust part that enables the reliable system.

Responsibilities

Perform clean sheet design of components, including mechanisms, actuators, or valves; taking them from conceptual design through manufacturing, prototyping, and ultimately qualification.

Assist in the sourcing and procurement of Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) components and systems from vendors

Analyze and review data to validate and verify the component/mechanism design meets specifications and design requirements

  • Perform modeling and simulation tasks to validate system design and performance
  • Develop test plans and procedures while leading the execution of development and qualification testing (e.g Life-cycle, Burst, Random Vibe)
  • Perform manufacture, acceptance testing, and troubleshooting of anomalies on low-rate initial production units

Develop production methodology and support initial builds

Near Term Responsibilities
Medium-Term Growth Path
Basic Qualifications

B.S. in any engineering discipline from an accredited university

‍4+ years of experience in the development of aircraft, missile, rocket, spacecraft, or similar vehicle components and/or mechanisms

Preferred Skills and Experience

Demonstrated ability utilizing CAD design software (e.g. NX, CATIA, CREO/PRO-E)

Demonstrated analysis capability using hand-calcs as well as finite element analysis (e.g. ANSYS, ABAQUS, NASTRAN)

Component level test experience with proof and leak checks, environmental functional tests including thermal, vibe, and shock

Aerospace hardware and component design & development

  • Fluid Components (e.g. regulators, relief valves, direct acting solenoids, hydraulic actuators, servos)
  • Space Mechanisms (e.g. latches/clamps, dampers/brakes, actuators/motors, release mechanisms and deployment devices/linkages)
  • Mechanical Design (e.g. lubricants, seals, bearings, kinematics, bearing surfaces, fasteners, coatings)

Design, fabrication, and safe operation of fluid systems at elevated pressures and extreme temperatures

Preliminary understanding of manufacturing processes and GD&T

Writing and executing test procedures for complex hardware operations

Technical writing and communication including test plans and design reviews

Additional Requirements

The Component & Mechanism Engineer must be willing to travel to launch and test sites to support integration and test work, especially on first-article products.

What We Look For

Beyond technical prowess, ABL focuses on the following candidate characteristics. Tangible examples are the best way to highlight these during the evaluation process.

1. Critical thinking: ABL engineers understand the "why" behind all design decisions, operational events and test outcomes.  

2. Ability to deal with ambiguity: there is no roadmap and ABL engineers must be comfortable defining their own pathway to an objective. 

3. End-to-end ownership: projects are delivered fully complete and ready for flight; there is no one to pick up the slack of partially complete work. 

ITAR Requirement

This position requires access to information protected under US export control laws, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations and/or the Export Administration Regulations.  As such, US person status (including US citizens, permanent residents, asylees, and refugees) is a required qualification for this position.

Non-Discrimination

We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, genetics, or citizenship status (when otherwise legally authorized to work and access export-controlled data) and will not be discriminated against on the basis of such characteristics or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. We encourage applicants of all ages.

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