Principal Spacecraft Mechanical Engineer - Military veterans preferred



  full-time   employee

United States


SAIC is seeking an engineer with technical expertise in spacecraft mechanical engineeringThis position is located in Chantilly, VA and requires a TS/SCI clearance with Polygraph. 


In this role, you will be an integral participant in spacecraft mechanical requirements development, design analysis, and verification. Key areas of focus include structural analysis, structural dynamics, spacecraft test, spacecraft deployments, moving mechanical assemblies, and spacecraft transportation.


Job duties include:

  • Support the customer in the oversight of the mechanical design, integration and test of spacecraft bus
  • Provide expert advice/analysis on accommodation considerations for new satellite/payload developments
  • Review and coordinate on all changes to specifications, lCDs and system level requirements documentation including the mechanical accommodation of payloads onto the satellite bus
  • Review spacecraft mechanical manufacturing specifications for accuracy and ensure requirement allocation documentation is complete and accurate
  • Review drawings, documents and procedures for design, manufacturing and integration, and provide comments to the contractor and/or government
  • Track development issues, significant accomplishments and upcoming events and provide weekly status updates to the customer
  • Attend mechanical system level design reviews, and program management reviews to assess design maturity, requirements compliance and to provide informed technical recommendations to the USG
  • ldentify and assess emerging risks; develop and evaluate proposed burn-down plans
  • Review prime contractor readiness to proceed into spacecraft manufacturing and test
  • Support factory integration and test activities, as required
  • Provide support to launch and satellite on-orbit test
  • Attend branch meetings as appropriate at the request of the customer to coordinate support activities Provide technical evaluation of accommodation efforts in contractor Engineering Change Proposals (ECPs)
  • Attend contractor milestone reviews (e.g. PDR, CDR, pre-test, pre- ship and other meetings) to provide technically based recommendations regarding satisfaction of review entrance and exit criteria
  • Develop productive relationships with prime contractor counterparts, functional counterparts, and other spacecraft subsystem subject matter experts
  • Advise and mentor USG spacecraft mechanical subsystem lead and other Vehicle Engineering Branch personnel regarding mechanical subsystem design elements 


TYPICAL EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Bachelors and nine (9) years or more experience; Masters and seven (7) years or more experience ; PhD or JD and four (4) years or more experience.

  • Active TS/SCI with Polygraph
  • Experience in the design & integration of satellite buses 

  • Knowledgeable of launch & flight operations of space vehicles