Manufacturing Engineer - Second Stage Engine

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The Company

Astra's mission is to improve life on Earth from space by creating a healthier and more connected planet. Astra delivered its first commercial payload into Earth orbit in 2021, making it the fastest company in history to reach this milestone, just five years after being founded in 2016. By achieving monthly, weekly, then daily launches, we'll create the infrastructure services our customers need in space to build a healthier and more connected planet. If you're excited by a sense of possibility, the chance to innovate, and make a difference here on Earth, we think you should work here too.

The Team

The Manufacturing Engineering Propulsion Team designs, tests, and continuously improves upon the engine modules providing thrust necessary for each vehicle stage to deliver customer payloads into orbit. The team is comprised of talented engineers and technicians collaboratively working through the challenges of liquid propellant engine development and manufacturing. All forms of engine development, qualification and acceptance tests are conducted within our Alameda facility. 

How You'll Fulfill Your Mission

  • Develop the manufacturing, fabrication, and integration processes for engine assemblies
  • Implement new manufacturing capabilities and think creatively to resolve and challenge conflicting requirements
  • Optimize existing requirements, approaches and processes based on measurement or test data
  • Develop, demonstrate, and drive to completion innovative production processes to support high-rate production targets
  • Work with an extremely fast paced environment and adapt to evolving design and production challenges
  • Drive design and process changes that support program goals, through demonstration of feasibility
  • Work closely with design/development engineers and fabrications shops (internal and external) to get parts built and assembled
  • Assist with design, analysis, and integration of subassemblies to resolve off-nominal non-conformance and develop sustainable repair procedures
  • Resolve recurring manufacturing discrepancies and interface with quality team to implement corrective actions
  • Interface with production technicians, engineering teams and leadership daily



  • Degree in engineering or related technical field and 3+ years of relevant experience
  • Strong communication skills, and ability to write detailed work instructions and process plans
  • Strong hands-on acumen with hardware
  • Ability to effectively investigate, resolve and screen hardware non-conformances
  • Experience driving failure investigation efforts, root cause analysis and implementation of corrective action(s)
  • Excellent capabilities in working with vendors to get parts made quickly and reliably
  • Familiarity with GD&T and industry specifications
  • Expertise in design for manufacturability and design for assembly, successfully taking products through development, testing, and production
  • Experience with hardware test methodologies including structural testing and nondestructive evaluation (NDE)
  • Experience with welded assemblies and aerospace alloys (aluminum, stainless steels, Inconel)
  • Experience in a medium/high-volume production environment within the aerospace industry
  • Ability to work in dynamic team environment

Desired Multipliers

  • MS in engineering, aerospace, or related technical field
  • Experience in a start-up or agile development environment
  • Experience working in a propulsion development program

ITAR Requirements: This position requires compliance with U.S. Government space technology  trade restrictions, specifically the International Trafficking in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and additional regulations governing satellite, launch vehicle, missile, and other related technologies.  All jobs restricted by these regulations will be contingent upon the applicant’s status as a documented U.S. Person or their ability to receive a trade license from the cognizant government agency; in addition to any required company background checks and in compliance with applicable U.S. and California laws.  Similarly, positions requiring the ability to work on government contracts or a security clearance are also contingent upon the applicants ability to receive the appropriate clearance and be allowed to work on U.S. government contracts.

You do not need to match every listed expectation to apply for this position. Here at Astra, we know that diverse perspectives foster the innovation we need to be successful, and we are committed to building a team that encompasses a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and skills.

San Francisco Applicants: Astra will consider applicants with arrest and conviction records (criminal histories) in a manner consistent with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.


United States, Alameda, CA

Posted 2 months ago

Job offer closed

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