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Senior Mechanical Engineer



San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, October 27, 2023
Astranis is connecting the four billion people in the world who do not currently have access to the internet. We are building the next generation of smaller, lower-cost spacecraft to bring the world online.
We are well-funded by some of the best investors in the business and have raised over $400 million to date. We have a world-class team that is passionate about building amazing technology. And we have a fun and collaborative work environment where you will learn a lot and make a huge impact no matter where you are in your career.
Our team is growing fast. Apply now!

Senior Mechanical Engineer

As an Astranis Senior Mechanical Engineer you will own the complete lifecycle of various subsystems on our spacecraft. Whether it is incremental improvements or the introduction of a new system, you will work together with the various other teams at Astranis to make them a reality.
In addition to being a significant individual on your own, you will mentor and train junior mechanical engineers on such projects. You must have a strong problem-solving background, hands-on testing skills, and preferably some experience with spacecraft and/or aerospace engineering.


  • Complete ownership of product outcomes for spaceflight hardware
  • Develop requirements for subsystems and components including loads, interfaces, and functional requirements
  • Perform mechanical design and analysis of complex assemblies to satisfy launch and on-orbit requirements
  • Develop and define design best practices for future programs
  • Manage system level schedule and integration requirements for your subsystems while working together with the Assembly, Integration, and Test team to enable a smooth build process
  • Assist in recruiting, interviewing, and hiring additional teammates to our rapidly-growing team.


  • B.S. or M.S in mechanical, aerospace engineering or equivalent
  • 4 - 15+ years of mechanical design or equivalent experience
  • Strong CAD design (Solidworks) and Finite Element analysis (Femap, Ansys) skills
  • Experience with GD&T and designing for manufacturability
  • Demonstrated ability to personally design, evaluate, and procure complex mechanical assemblies with 30-40 components in aerospace or similar
  • A passion for hardware development, including working in a fast-paced environment with hands-on design and development
  • A motivated leader who has experience mentoring and supporting junior engineers
  • Don't meet them all? Not a problem. Please apply even if you do not meet all these criteria.


  • Experience with defining vibration environments and running mechanical testing on spacecraft and spacecraft components
  • Experience running a development program while delegating to a small team
  • Experience in synthesizing requirements and flowing them down to sub-scale verification builds and testing
All our positions offer a compensation package that includes equity, robust benefits, and bonuses.

What we offer:
Base pay is a single component of Astranis's total rewards package, which may also include equity in the form of incentive stock options, performance bonuses, high quality company-subsidized healthcare, disability and life insurance benefits, flexible PTO, 401(K) retirement, and free on-site catered meals.
Astranis pay ranges are informed and defined through professional-grade salary surveys and compensation data sources. The actual base salary offered to a successful candidate will additionally be influenced by a variety of factors including experience, credentials & certifications, educational attainment, skill level requirements, and the level and scope of the position.
Base Salary
$140,000$185,000 USD
U.S. Citizenship, Lawful Permanent Residency, or Refugee/Asylee Status Required
(To comply with U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the United States, or other protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3))
Our mission and our products are meant to connect the world and everyone in it, regardless of gender, race, creed, or any other distinction. We believe in a diverse and inclusive workplace, and we encourage all people to join our team and bring their unique perspective to help make us stronger.
All employees of Astranis are required to be vaccinated by the start of their employment. Mandatory vaccinations support our commitment to making our workplace and public facilities as safe and welcoming as possible. Reasonable accommodations will be made for individuals who are not able to get the vaccine due to qualifying medical or religious reasons.