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:
The following would be an asset:
- 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.
- 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.