Senior Mechanical Engineer – Delft

Location:  Delft
Salary: Competitive

About AAC Clyde Space

AAC Clyde Space, a leading New Space company, specialises in small satellite technologies and services that enable businesses, governments, and educational organisations to access high-quality, timely data from space. This data has a vast range of applications, from weather forecasting to precision farming to environmental monitoring, and is essential to improving our quality of life on Earth.

Our growing capabilities bring together three divisions: 

  • Space Data as a Service – delivering data from space directly to customers
  • Space missions – turnkey solutions that empower customers to streamline their space missions
  • Space products and components – a full range of off-the-shelf and tailor-made subsystems, components, and sensors

AAC Clyde Space aims to become a world leader in commercial small satellites and services from space, applying advances in its technology to tackle global challenges and improve our life on Earth.

Some of our clients include Horizon Technologies, Orbcomm, NSLComm, OHB Sweden, Intuitive Machines, Orbital Micro Systems, the United States Airforce Academy, UK Space Agency, European Space Agency and NASA.

AAC Clyde Space’s main operations are located in Sweden, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, the USA and South Africa, with partner networks in Japan and South Korea.


About this role

The Senior Mechanical Engineer will design, analyse and develop satellite ADCS components such as reaction wheels, star trackers, sun sensors

Work assignments will include structural/thermal analysis, create and review engineering drawings, mechanical environmental testing support such as vibration, quasi static, thermal, shock and engage with both suppliers and customers.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Mechanical design of ADCS components and support of new R&D projects
  • Structural and thermal analysis of subsystems (e.g. ADCS)
  • Develop and maintain technical design documentation including requirements capture, technical descriptions and user manuals
  • Interaction with supply chain to source components at appropriate cost, timescale and quality
  • Support to manufacturing, integration and test and reviewing the AIT manuals
  • Deliver the company’s projects allocated to budget, schedule, and quality constraints.
  • Contribute towards information flow to project teams and other stakeholders
  • Ensure project is delivered within all statutory legal and procedural requirements.

Skills Required:

  • Relevant degree or equivalent experience in applicable technical environment.
  • At least five years of experience as Mechanical/Mechatronics Engineer
  • Experience with SolidWorks or other CAD systems
  • Understanding of structural and/or thermal design and analysis principles
  • Practical experience of using FEM analysis tools
  • Able to manage time, work within a multicultural team and work independently
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines and progress several projects in parallel
  • Demonstrates effective decision-making
  • Ability to work flexibly including supporting tasks outside core competence
  • Communicate to both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Proficient in English, both verbally and written
  • Competent IT skills and with Microsoft software

Skills Desirable:

  • Experience in spacecraft engineering
  • Experience with ADCS subsystems
  • Experience of designing for robustness/ life-time of components
  • Experience with qualification testing (e.g. TVAC, vibration, shock and proton testing)
  • Working knowledge of ECSS standards and experience of ESA processes
  • Experience with NASA General Environmental Verification Standard (GEVS)
  • Understanding of PCB design and manufacturing processes
  • Experience with working in a cleanroom
  • Experience in working with other engineering fields like optics, electrical, software
  • Experience in mentoring, developing others and sharing knowledge

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AAC Clyde Space has a legal responsibility to ensure that all its employees have the legal right to live and work in the EU or the country in which they plan to work. Therefore, if you are made an offer of employment, this will be subject to AAC Clyde Space verifying that you are eligible to work in that country before you start work. AAC Clyde Space are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation, or age.

Please note that if you have not heard anything from us within 2 weeks of the closing date, your application has on this occasion been unsuccessful. You will be sent an email by our recruitment team acknowledging receipt of your application and we would welcome that you follow up with them for feedback.

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