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Senior Mechanical Engineer



Glasgow, UK
Posted on Thursday, January 19, 2023

Spire Global is a space-to-cloud analytics company that owns and operates the largest multi-purpose constellation of satellites. Its proprietary data and algorithms provide the most advanced maritime, aviation, and weather tracking in the world. In addition to its constellation, Spire’s data infrastructure includes a global ground station network and 24/7 operations that provide real-time global coverage of every point on Earth.

As a Senior Mechanical Engineer, you will be designing and analysing the mechanical systems and payloads for our next-generation nano-satellites. You will work on a variety of satellite missions, and will be intimately involved in vehicle design, test equipment design, satellite assembly, and mechanical environmental testing.

The role will include the design of satellite structures and mechanisms, thermal and structural analysis, working with 3rd party manufacturers, and interfacing with electrical and software teams. The ideal candidate will be able to work effectively as part of a fast-paced multidisciplinary team to achieve a common goal. They will have a hands-on, collaborative approach to problem solving, ensuring that projects are delivered on time with a critical attention to detail.

Scope of the role:

  • Mechanical design of spacecraft components and assemblies using SolidWorks
  • Preparation of detailed system documentation
  • Analysis of structural, thermal, and thermoelastic load cases
  • Peer reviews of mechanical drawings
  • Prototyping and testing mechanical and electro-mechanical systems
  • Qualification of satellite subsystems and full satellites
  • Supporting Junior Mechanical Engineers
  • Assisting other team members from multiple disciplines achieve their goals

Basic Qualifications / Experience:

  • Degree in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent course or work experience
  • Experience working on micro or small satellites
  • Minimum 5yr experience in a similar role
  • Precision machined parts design (including material & coating selection)
  • Mechanical analysis using hand calculations and FEA
  • CAD design and drafting experience
  • Experience modelling mechanical systems in Excel, Matlab, or Python
  • Excellent written and verbal communication

Preferred Qualifications / Experience:

  • Environmental testing (vibration, thermal, thermal-vacuum)
  • Design for manufacture and assembly (DFMA) principles
  • Solidworks Simulation or equivalent FEA package
  • Thermal and thermoelastic analysis of mechanical systems
  • Optomechanical design experience
  • Electromagnetic compatibility and EMI shielding
  • Electronics theory (communication interfaces, PCB layout principles)
  • Basic software skills (C, python, scripting)
  • Track record of leading/managing complex projects

Please note that our application process includes a challenge. Our motto is 'show me the data,' so if you make it to the challenge round, you'll have time to give us your best work on a problem that lets you put your skills on display or showcase your existing portfolio.

Spire operates a hybrid work model, and this position will require you to work a minimum of three days per week in office.

Salary up to £75,000 based on skills and experience.

Access to US export controlled software and/or technology may be required. #LI-MI1

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