Astrobotic is hiring a

Mechanical Systems Engineer - Analysis

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 perform structural and dynamic analysis for lunar landers, which will return America to the Moon.

Your responsibilities: 

Design and analyze lunar lander structural elements to meet all mission requirements, including launch environments, deployment of customer payloads in lunar orbit and landing on the lunar surface.  Use a combination of classical calculations and finite element analysis to assess strength and determine dynamic response.  Develop models for CLA and recover loads for detailed analysis of primary and secondary structures and payloads.  Coordinate between technical partners, vendors, and other subsystem leads to assess design progress, schedule, and risks. Integrate structural analysis with other environmental loads. Write and present technical reports.  Implement the full systems engineering development cycle, and regularly report to the Mechanical Systems Manager on progress.


Required Qualifications:

  • Performing structural analysis on primary structure
  • Proficiency with finite element analysis (FEA) including pre/post processing, scripting and solvers (ANSYS preferred)
  • Understanding of FEA modeling techniques (meshing, boundary conditions, joints, contacts, etc.)
  • Experience with structural dynamics (modal, random vibration, acoustic & shock)
  • Bolted joint calculations (preload, stiffness, failure modes, etc.)
  • Developing and implementing test programs for structural systems
  • Documenting analysis to support milestone reviews and drawing releases
  • Proficiency with CAD (SolidWorks and SpaceClaim preferred)
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in structural analysis
  • B.S. Mechanical, Civil or Aerospace Engineering

Preferred Skills and Qualifications:

  • Experience developing hardware and systems for aircraft, spacecraft or launch vehicles
  • Experience with classical hand calculations (Bruhn, Roark, Shigley, Steinberg, etc.)
  • Familiarity with composite design and analysis
  • Proficiency with Coupled Loads Analysis (CLA)
  • Understanding of fatigue and fracture mechanics with experience with crack growth analysis (NASGRO)
  • M.S. Mechanical, Civil or Aerospace Engineering


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.
If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request to [email protected]

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