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PCBA Manufacturing Engineer



San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, February 24, 2024

Astranis is on a mission to bridge the digital divide by connecting the four billion people worldwide who currently lack internet access. We're doing this by building the next generation of smaller, more cost-effective spacecraft to bring the world online.

As a team, we’ve launched two satellites into orbit, signed ten commercial deals worth over $1 billion in revenue, raised over $500 million from top global investors, and recruited a team of over 300 world-class engineers. We all work out of our (legendary) San Francisco office, which was once used to build ships during the World Wars.

Our satellites, which operate from geostationary orbit (GEO), weigh only 400 kg and utilize a proprietary software-defined radio payload. Each satellite can connect over two million people, and we’re very excited for the impact we’ll soon have in the Philippines, Peru, Mexico, and more!

Backed by substantial funding and a passionate, collaborative team, we offer a rewarding work environment where you'll learn and make a significant impact, no matter where you are in your career.

Apply and join us on our journey towards global connectivity!

PCBA Manufacturing Engineer

As a PCBA Manufacturing Engineer, you will work across design engineering, supply-chain, quality, and our manufacturing partners to drive electrical sub-system and PCBA manufacturing and delivery.


  • Define manufacturing readiness requirements and lead key milestone reviews to ensure all stakeholder deliverables are complete.
  • Work with the Design Engineering team to identify and escalate manufacturing challenges early in product development by enforcing DFM, DFA and DFS principles.
  • Drive closure of all operational issues during pre-production builds.
  • Investigate failures in production, test, and integration. Identify and mitigate underlying root causes to prevent reoccurrence and foster continuous improvement.
  • Deliver manufacturing processes capabilities including equipment capability, quality controls, materials characterization, and workmanship standards.
  • Actively monitor the success of products and processes through the production ramp.
  • Provide direction to contract manufacturing, suppliers, and engineers to manage quarantine and rework activities.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering (or equivalent)
  • 5+ years of experience in PCBA/PCB supply chain, manufacturing, or engineering.
  • Experience in board assembly process and equipment (for example: Stencil print, SPI, pick & place, reflow, AOI, ICT, x-ray inspection).
  • Experience leading DFX reviews to deliver design manufacturability, testability, quality, and reliability.


  • Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering (or equivalent)
  • 7+ years of experience in PCBA/PCB supply chain, manufacturing or engineering.
  • 5+ years’ experience with industry standard PLM and DFX systems, Mentor/Valor preferred.
  • Experience performing Design and Process Failure Modes and Effects Analyses.
  • Experience with IPC standards for PCB, PCBA, and RFPC fabrication, assembly, and test.
  • Experience in Polymeric application, including conformal coating, staking and underfill.
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
$120,000$175,000 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.