Engineer - Spacecraft Mechanical/Thermal - Job ID 10446

The Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL) is seeking skilled mechanical/thermal engineers for exciting relevant NASA small satellite projects such as the Sun Radio Interferometer Space Experiment (SunRISE) (, and proposals for NASA opportunities with missions in Low Earth Orbit to planetary small spacecraft. The mechanical/thermal engineers are responsible for thermal design, analysis, and testing of small satellites. They may act as the mechanical project lead for concept and requirement development, mechanical design, thermal analysis, thermal vacuum testing, as well as providing technical support to related proposal efforts.

SDL, a University Affiliated Research Center, has been developing innovative technologies and solutions for cutting-edge DoD and intelligence programs for almost six decades. Our expertise is in space and airborne IR, VIS, UV, and RF sensors, small satellite technologies, test and calibration, cybersecurity, data visualization and assurance, and ground stations.

Required Qualifications: 

· BS degree in mechanical engineering or related technical field (i.e., aerospace engineering)

· 3+ years of related experience

· Proficient in the use of Thermal Desktop and thermal analysis tools

· Familiarity with small satellites and/or the space environment

· Ability to communicate clearly with individuals of varying technical and professional backgrounds

· Must be a US citizen and be able to obtain a U.S. Government security clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

· MS in mechanical engineering

· 10+ years of related experience

· Experience with spacecraft or space flight instrument thermal analysis

· Experience with Solid Edge

· Familiar in the use of FEMAP for pre- and post-processing of finite element models and knowledge of NASTRAN for structural analysis

SDL Benefits:

At SDL, we take pride in and highly value our employees. SDL offers competitive salaries and a fantastic benefits package, including:

· Flexible work schedules

· Generous annual, sick, and holiday paid leave

· A variety of inexpensive-premium, high-quality health, dental, vision, and life insurance options

· Generous employer retirement contribution (Up to 14.2% of annual gross earnings)

· Discounted USU tuition of 50% for employees and dependents

· Access to USU facilities and USU staff privileges

Instructions to applicants:

Along with the online application, please attach:

1) Cover Letter

2) Resume

Once you’ve completed the initial application, you will receive an e-mail requesting you to complete a video digital interview. For more information, please visit:

Please contact us if you do not receive a confirmation email within 24 hours of applying.


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