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Mechanical Engineer

Summary: XTERRA is seeking a full-time mechanical engineer who is passionate about working on space hardware to join their team in support of satellite deployment system design, actuator design, satellite structure design, deployables design, mechanism design, launch vehicle adapter design, manufacturing, and testing with a focus on structural, dynamic, and thermal analyses as well as engineering testing. This position requires a strong background in statics, dynamics, material science, and finite element analysis. Applicant must have hands-on experience and be self-motivated to complete jobs with above average attention to detail and quality of work.

Must be willing to work 40+ hours a week when necessary.

Required Qualifications:

  • B.S. in Engineering, Physics, or Equivalent Experience

  • 3+ Years of experience in a fast-paced, hands-on engineering environment

  • Mechanical design & design for manufacturing experience

  • Strong foundation in statics, dynamics, and thermal analysis

    • Ability to perform hand calculations in aforementioned disciplines

    • Ability to create custom analytical tools as needed with Excel, MATLAB, or Python, etc.

  • Strong understanding of material science

    • Emphasis on knowledge of high strength stainless steels & aluminum alloys

    • Corrosion, corrosion cracking, and fatigue

  • Strong understanding of vibration and shock

    • Sinusoidal

    • Random

  • Experience with accurate setup of complex, assembly and part level finite element models for both static and frequency analysis and correlation of models to real-world test results

  • Proficiency in SolidWorks and SolidWorks simulation or sufficient experience with equivalent software and ability to rapidly learn SolidWorks

  • Fabrication and assembly drawing creation with GD&T per ASME y14.5

Desired Qualifications:

  • 5+ Years of experience in a fast-paced, hands-on engineering environment


  • Competitive Pay, Hourly Rate w/Overtime @ 1.5X Base Rate, Paid Weekly

  • Flexible Hours

  • 3 Weeks of PTO/yr. after 90 days, 4 Weeks/yr. after 5/yrs. of employment with XTERRA

  • Health Insurance & Dental

  • Simple IRA Retirement, Contributions Matched Up-to 3%

  • Opportunity to learn & work in a hands-on, fast-paced, multi-disciplinary environment

  • Work on parts and assemblies which will fly in space

U.S. Citizenship is Required

​Position is full-time and work must be performed on-site at our facility in McDade, TX approximately 30 miles outside of Austin.

Interested applicants should email a resume and cover letter to

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