Astrobotic is hiring a

Mechanical Designer/Drafter

Pittsburgh, United States

Astrobotic Technology, Inc. is a space robotics company that seeks to make space accessible to the world. The company’s suite of lunar landers delivers payloads to the Moon for companies, governments, universities, non-profits, and individuals. The company is also developing advanced space robotics capabilities such as terrain relative navigation, mobile robotics for lunar surface operations, and reliable computing systems for mission-critical applications. Originally spun out of Carnegie Mellon University in 2007 by William “Red” Whittaker, Astrobotic is pioneering affordable planetary access that promises to spark a new era of exploration, science, tourism, resource utilization, and mining. Astrobotic is based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Astrobotic was selected by NASA in May 2019 for a $79.5 million contract to deliver a suite of NASA instruments to the Moon. This mission will see the Peregrine lunar lander return America to the Moon with 22 payloads representing 5 countries.

In June 2020, Astrobotic was selected for a $199.5 million contract to deliver the NASA VIPER rover to the lunar south pole onboard the Griffin lunar lander. This mission will enable NASA's objective to map water ice on the lunar surface, which in turn supports NASA's plans for crewed missions in 2024. As part of Astrobotic's Planetary Landers Team, you will literally be creating history as we define the benchmark for commercial delivery of payloads to the Moon and beyond.


Astrobotic Technology wants you to develop CAD models and drawings for our lunar landers, which will return America to the Moon.

Your responsibilities: 

Work with the mechanical systems team to develop CAD models and detailed drawings for analysis and manufacturing.  Assist with the development and/or review of change requests to the configuration.  Ensure all drawings are compliant with approved standards.  Report to the Mechanical Systems Manager and work with other subsystem engineers as necessary to ensure controlled configuration of spacecraft is accurately represented in models and drawings.

 Required Qualifications:

  • CAD experience (SolidWorks & PDM preferred)
  • Knowledge of ASME Y14.5 drafting standards
  • Understanding requirements and how to apply them to complex designs
  • Ability to work with and take direction from engineers and technical leads
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment with changing needs and requirements
  • Associates degree in Mechanical Drafting or equivalent plus 5 years experience

Preferred Skills and Qualifications:

  • Experience developing hardware and systems for aircraft, spacecraft or launch vehicles
  • Understanding of GD&T for complex parts and large assemblies
  • Experience with low volume manufacturing processes such as CNC programming, milling, turning, etc.
  • Familiarity with inspection techniques such as coordinate-measuring machines (CMM)
  • Experience routing 3D plumbing or wiring
  • Adaptable to a startup environment, able to self-start with minimal guidance


To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

Applicants should be prepared to submit a writing sample and references.

Astrobotic Technology, Inc. does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
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