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Filter by Date: Jun 11, 2019

Filter by Location: El Segundo, CA, US, 90245

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 45379 

All Locations: El Segundo, CA (California)  

A trusted partner. A national resource. A leader in national security space. We are THE Aerospace Corporation.  A team that takes pride in our readiness to solve some of the most complex technical challenges in existence. With challenges spanning government to commercial, you’ll have the unique opportunity to work on projects that are literally evolving our nation's space and launch capabilities. We all share a common passion and aspiration – to serve a mission much bigger than ourselves.  When you join our team, you’ll be part of a rare collection of thought leaders and game-changing innovators.  Are you ready to launch your career?


An appointment for a full-time employee to perform technical assignments in an assigned field. The Small Satellite Development & Operations Section designs, builds and operates a constellation of small satellites. The Aerospace Corporation has consistently been a leader in the development of CubeSats (satellites with a mass less than a few kgs, deployed from a standardized container), with over 15 CubeSats developed, built, and flown since 1999.


Key Functions:

  • Detailed mechanical satellite design with CAD modeling
  • Oversees the completion of production prints and assembly drawings
  • Provides complex CAD models and drawings to internal and external machine shops for fabrication
  • Compose and manage bill of materials (BOM)
  • Fit checks for sub-assemblies and entire vehicle integration
  • Harness design and specification
  • Assembly of microsatellite components and integration into higher level assemblies
  • Documentation of the assembly process including serial number tracking for all items integrated into the final assembly and photographing all steps
  • Testing of sub-assemblies and fully integrated microsatellites
  • Provide cost estimates for purchased parts and processes
  • Quote, purchase and track progress of ordered and fabricated parts
  • Assists in the upkeep and daily maintenance of the lab to meet safety and operating procedures.



  • Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering or related program
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • 0-1 year of industry experience
  • Experience with CAD design software (experience with SOLIDWORKS design software strongly desired)
  • Must be able to obtain a security clearance
  • Must work well in a team environment
  • Must be detail oriented
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and projects
  • Must possess strong organizational skills
  • Ability to handle multiple priorities and projects at one time
  • Effective interpersonal skills to coordinate efforts and work with other internal and external organizations
  • Demonstrated flexibility and ability to adapt to changing organizational needs
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work under minimal supervision, to self-initiate activities, and to work within timelines
  • Must possess time management and project management skills
  • Knowledge of machine shop practices and methodology
  • Ability to quickly troubleshoot problems



  • 2 or more years of relevant experience
  • GPA 3.5 or higher


Physical Requirements/Work Environments:

  • Ability to sit or stand for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to communicate with individuals and groups in person, by phone and telepresence.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee will typically work in both an office and laboratory environment.
  • Laboratory environment with possible exposure to hazardous materials.
  • Certain laboratories may operate at a high noise level.


Additional Requisition Details

Clearance Requirement: Secret 

Access: None 

Polygraph: None 

Relocation Available:  [[relo]] 

Employment Type: Regular 

Work Schedule: Full Time 


Company Statement

The Aerospace Corporation has provided independent technical and scientific research, development, and advisory services to national security space programs since 1960. We operate a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) for the United States Air Force and the National Reconnaissance Office, and support all national security space programs. We also apply more than 50 years of experience with space systems to provide critical solutions to technologically complex systems in such areas as communications, shipping, law enforcement, and cyber, among others.

From our inception, our highly skilled technical staff has focused on ensuring the success of every mission and developing the most effective and economic space-related hardware and software in the world. Our greatest asset is the technical expertise of our people. Our state-of-the-art laboratory facilities are staffed by some of the leading scientists in the world.

All Aerospace employees working in organizations with technical responsibilities are required to apply for and maintain at least a Secret clearance.  U.S. citizenship is required for those positions.

Equal Opportunity Commitment

The Aerospace Corporation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. We believe that a diverse workforce creates an environment in which unique ideas are developed and differing perspectives are valued, producing superior customer solutions. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, color, religion, genetic information, marital status, ancestry, national origin, protected veteran status, physical disability, medical condition, mental disability, or disability status and any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. If you’re an individual with a disability or a disabled veteran who needs assistance using our online job search and application tools or need reasonable accommodation to complete the job application process, please contact us by phone at 310.336.5432 or by email at You can also review The Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law poster and the supplement, as well as the Pay Transparency Policy Statement

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