Component & Mechanism Engineer

Los Angeles, California

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

Nearly every command given by the computer on the way up results in a fluid component, mechanism, actuator or valve that they have developed contributing to the mission. 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 and lead design, development and qualification of aerospace fluid components and mechanisms

  • Gather, define, and document requirements to meet existing and anticipated needs across the launch vehicle
  • Develop design while leading trades to meet vehicle level requirements and creating solutions that are easily manufactured, integrated and maintained

Develop, 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

Near Term Responsibilities

During ABL’s early phases, the Component & Mechanism engineer will be responsible for a broad scope, initial high level areas of responsibility may include:

Establish the path for components and mechanisms at ABL 

  • ‍Understand and create strategies for component/mechanism development and qualification to meet or exceed requirements and test factors found in industry standards such as AIAA S-080, MIL-STD-1540 and NASA-STD-5017

Critical vendor/supplier development

  • Work with vendors to define requirements and trade possible solutions
  • ‍Work with vendors maximize the benefits of already certified and qualified Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) components and systems 

Work closely with systems engineer to develop and trade component capability while meeting size and weight targets

  • Flow rate requirements, actuator frequency response 
  • Impulse required, shock reduction/management

Partner with the Avionics team to pass requirements while co-developing multiple components

  • Servo-actuators, Solenoids 
  • Throttle Valve Control Motors
Medium-Term Growth Path

As ABL matures and system development is well underway, the Components & Mechanisms engineer will have an opportunity to build out a team and lead a group. That is dependent of course on the interest by the engineer and demonstrated leadership.

Basic Qualifications

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

One of the following:

  • 4+ years experience in the development of aircraft, missile, spacecraft or similar vehicle components and/or mechanisms
  • 2+ years experience and 2+ years of collegiate extracurricular engineering project experience (Rocket Team, Formula SAE etc.)
Preferred Skills and Experience

It is not expected that the candidate has all of the below listed skills and experience, but a subset of them is desirable.

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) 

Ability to create simple scripts for use in data analysis and review (e.g. Python) 

Experience safely performing pressurized tests 

Understanding of material selection and key material properties of typical aerospace/aircraft alloys

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, bearings, kinematics, bearing surfaces, fasteners, coatings)

Demonstrated leadership of or within a small project team either in current role or during project based team in school

Additional Requirements
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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