Senior Mechanical Engineer – Glasgow

Location: Glasgow
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 be responsible for the design, analysis and development of small satellites. They will perform structural and thermal analysis, mechanical environmental testing support (vibration, quasi static, thermal), create and review engineering drawings and interface with suppliers and customers.

They will be working in a fast-paced, multi-disciplinary environment, collaborating with Electrical, Systems, Software, and Test teams on a variety of interesting applications.  There is an opportunity to specialise in structural or thermal analysis and qualification, taking the lead in technical process improvement and documentation, including training and mentoring of junior engineers.

We are looking for someone who takes a proactive approach to problem solving, who enjoys taking ownership of issues and is happy to disseminate their learning to others.

We are committed to continuous development – training will be coupled with a development plan to ensure employees are getting the support they require to grow in their tole.  Team culture is important to us and we value people who contribute towards a positive working environment, who are happy working collaboratively or independently when required.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Design of mechanical components such as spacecraft structures and deployable systems.
  • Design of solar panels, including electrical architecture.
  • One or both of: Structural and thermal analysis of subsystems and platforms.
  • Producing manufacturing drawings for suppliers and manufacturing instructions for in-house assembly.
  • Interaction with supply chain to source components at appropriate cost, timescale and quality.
  • Support to manufacturing, integration and test.

Skills Required:

  • BEng(Hons) or higher degree in Mechanical Engineering or related subject, or equivalent experience.
  • Extensive Industry Experience
  • Experience in using CAD systems, preferably SolidWorks.
  • Solid understanding of structural and/or thermal design and analysis principles, and practical experience of performing such analysis.
  • Excellent technical writing, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Able to manage time, work within a team and work autonomously when required.
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines and progress several projects in parallel.
  • Ability to work flexibly and apply oneself to problems outside of core competencies as required by a small, fast-growing organisation.

Skills Desirable:

  • Experience in spacecraft engineering.
  • Specialism in structural or thermal analysis
  • Electrical engineering qualifications and/or experience.
  • Understanding of PCB design and manufacturing processes.
  • Fluent in a second language would be an advantage.
  • Experience of working in the space/aerospace/defence industries.
  • Practical skills in fabricating and modifying mechanical parts (hand tools, mill, lathe).
  • Working knowledge of ECSS standards and experience of ESA processes.
  • Vibration and/or shock testing experience
  • Experience of mentoring and developing others

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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.

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