Mechanical Engineer (New Mexico)
Las Cruces, NM

About $68,000 - $88,000 a year

Accessing Space Should be an Adventure

We are making history. We seek uniquely talented individuals who see beyond boundaries, with an appetite to bridge reality and the seemingly impossible. We are working on a once in a lifetime project. Our launch system is innovative, unique, and highly disruptive to the emerging commercial space industry.

"Since the dawn of space exploration, rockets have been the only way to access space. In 70 years, the technology has only made small incremental advances. To truly commercialize and industrialize space, we need 10x tech improvement." - Jonathan Yaney, CEO

A Day in the Life of

You will help change the landscape of the smallsat industry, be an integral and unique part of a close knit team of individuals operating in a high energy environment, changing the fundamental fabric of how humanity puts things into space. As a Mechanical Engineer, you will be responsible for designing a variety of system critical hardware to bring projects and sub-systems from concept to reality. This is a full-time position located at our test facility at Spaceport America, near Truth or Consequences, NM with periodic travel to our headquarters in Long Beach, CA.

"We are on the verge of an impressive new industrial era in space. SpinLaunch represents a major breakthrough. Their capability will help open the Solar System." - Pete Worden, Chairman of the Breakthrough Prize Foundation / former Director of NASA Ames Research Center

Your Mission

  • Bring projects and sub-systems from concept to reality - rapidly and effectively
  • Leverage your existing multidisciplinary knowledge and quickly self teach new skill sets to competently navigate and manage projects that intertwine with electronic control systems and manufacturing
  • Anticipate needs, identify problems, think creatively, and methodically produce above average solutions to unique mechanical challenges
  • Use CAD, FEA, programming environments, and spreadsheets to design a variety of system critical hardware
  • Manage the design of hardware, the acquisition of required materials, and the instruction of assembly and testing in a fast paced environment where the implementation of other systems are dependent on the completion of your tasks
  • Effectively convey ideas and communicate technical topics with engineering, build staff, and operations. Run self-directed design reviews and participate in reviews of parallel systems
  • Anticipate needs, identify problems, think creatively, and rapidly produce reliable and cost-effective solutions to meet the ever growing and changing needs of SpinLaunch's research and development efforts
Ongoing projects that you will be involved with directly or indirectly include: Composite Structures, Propulsion Systems, Structural Design, Drive and Bearing Systems, Control and Automation Hardware.

"We see SpinLaunch as emblematic of everything we hope our portfolio companies can achieve, with innovations that will drive whole new markets in the aerospace business. - Thomas d'Halluin, CEO of Airbus Ventures

You Have

  • As part of New Mexico's Job Training Incentive Program (JTIP), you must meet the following requirements:
  • Have been a resident of the state of New Mexico for at least 1 year at any time prior to employment
  • Bachelor's Degree in Aerospace/Mechanical Engineering or in "STEM" related majors (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)
  • Minimum 1+ years of extra-curricular collegiate, internship, or industry experience. Examples include:
  • multiple semesters on a competitive collegiate team (e.g. FSAE, Design Build Fly, etc.) with increasing personal design/analysis/build/test responsibility
  • multiple summer and/or semester internship experiences in design and development roles in challenging technical industries
  • full-time engineering employment in aerospace, technology, transportation, or other similar industries
  • Proficiency in CAD: SolidWorks, Inventor, CATIA, NX, etc. is required
  • Analysis background (Finite Element, ANSYS, etc.) as well as programming experience (MATLAB or similar) is required
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills is a must
  • Willing to travel approx. ~10% to visit headquarters in Long Beach, CA as well as vendors and consultants, as applicable
  • Ability and willingness to thrive in a fast-paced, rapidly changing work environment
  • Must be available to work extended hours and weekends (or substitutes shifts) when specific highly-critical manufacturing events dictate as needed
It would be Epic if you had

  • 3+ years professional design/development experience in the aerospace/ high tech industries and/or advanced degree(s) in engineering or technology
  • Heavy hands-on experience building systems (e.g. competitive collegiate project teams, flight vehicles, etc.)
  • Ability to perform trade studies from "first principles" and basic engineering fundamentals to drive a design from inception forward
  • Experience with mechanisms and mechanical systems
  • Solid understanding and experience with geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) per ASMY Y14.5, manufacturing technologies & methods, and experience working with in-house and outside vendors
  • Passion for space exploration and creating state-of-the-art systems
ITAR Requirements

SpinLaunch is required by the U.S. Government to comply with various space technology export regulations including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). All applicants must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident ("green card holder") as defined by ITAR (22 CFR §120.15) or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. More information on ITAR can be found here. ( )

SpinLaunch is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Each individual has the right to work in a professional environment that promotes equal employment opportunity and prohibits discriminatory practices, including harassment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.