Space Mechanisms Architect

Job Reference: GTL-2018-09-102

Location: Harwell, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

Please note - this is a permanent position

Primary Purpose of the Role:

· As a Mechanism Architect, to take responsibility for the delivery of Mechanisms for space projects:

· To lead the design of the Mechanical and Thermal architecture of space Mechanisms, equipment and GSE, including:

o Development planning

o De-risking activities

o Sizing and design justification

o Design of space hardware and ancillary equipment (ie, test hardware).

o Verification and testing

o Industrialisation, delivery and post-delivery support.

· To coach and train less-experienced staff members in Mechanism design and development.

The main duties and responsibilities will include:

  • Lead the design of the Mechanical and Thermal architecture of space Mechanisms, equipment and GSE.
  • Lead the technical evolution of space Mechanisms projects at equipment, subsystem and systems level, from conception through to delivery.
  • Plan, perform and evaluate the results of Mechanical, Thermal and performance testing for mechanisms from breadboard to flight levels - including functional testing, environmental testing (thermal-vacuum, vibration, shock) and life testing. Plan and conduct activities to raise the TRL of mechanisms, mechanism concepts and their components.
  • Perform or oversee the calculations needed for sizing and verification of Mechanisms and components, including hand calculations, FEA, Thermal Analysis, Rigid Body Analysis as required.
  • Assess new suppliers, materials, components, data, software and methods for spacecraft Mechanisms.
  • Generate the documents and review materials needed to support projects and reviews.
  • Manage the communications, inputs and outputs needed for the technical team, including documents, meetings and reviews.
  • Budgets and forecasts maintenance.
  • Risk register maintenance.
  • Generate technical specifications and interface requirements (ie, for motors, gearboxes, bearings).
  • Development planning, and management of development activities needed to validate a product and its performance at all stages, including analysis and testing at mechanism and part level.
  • Manage subcontractors, including inputs to the procurement and selection process and the support of reviews of suppliers’ developments and deliveries.
  • Manage customers, manage inputs to customer reviews.
  • Develop and manage the TAS-UK internal procedures and documentation related to Mechanism Development.  Also manage the skills acquisition and training for younger members of the team.

Experience and Skills:

An experienced, knowledgeable engineer who offers deep technical knowledge of Space Mechanisms and a strong track record of Mechanisms development, including a knowledge of best practice. 

 The following is necessary for the role:
  •  Experience as an Architect for space Mechanism project. 
  • Knowledge of the space environment and how it impacts on Mechanism design. 
  • Experience of performing sizing calculations - including motorization margins, bearing size, bearing preload, launch-lock devices, lifetime, material and joint safety margins. 
  • Knowledge of ECSS-E-ST-33-01C
  •  Experience/knowledge of typically-used parts and materials - including actuators, bearings, lubricants, flexible couplings harnesses and hoses, thermal protection, position sensors, launch lock devices, metals, composites, coatings – as well as the industry suppliers for these.
  • Experience/knowledge of manufacturing techniques for prototyping and also production (conventional and advanced) and how these affect the design.   
 The following would be an asset: 
  •  Direct experience of performing rigid body analysis or FEA on space Mechanisms using MSC software. 
  • Direct experience of Mechanical design using Catia. 
  • Work Package or Project Management. 
  • Experience of bidding for Mechanism development work, to industry and Space Agencies. 


 The following is necessary for the role:        
  • Engineering degree in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering  
The following will be an asset:     
  • Participation in the ESTL Space Tribology course, or an equivalent.    
  • A Master’s or higher degree.    
  • Membership of a professional Institution.

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