Spire Global is a space-to-cloud analytics company that owns and operates one of the largest multi-purpose constellations of satellites. Its proprietary data and algorithms provide the most advanced maritime, aviation, and weather tracking in the world. In addition to its constellation, Spire’s data infrastructure includes a global ground station network and 24/7 operations that provide real-time global coverage of every point on Earth.
The Optical Team is looking for a dynamic and proactive Opto-Mechanical Engineer with
relevant experience in optical design and optical assembly and testing of space-borne opto-mechanical systems.
As an Opto-Mechanical Engineer at Spire, you will be part of a team focused on delivering the next generation of Optical Inter Satellite Link terminals that will help to improve the latency of our satellite constellation.
Responsibilities of your role:
- Own the assembly, alignment, and testing of the next generation of optical terminals.
- Work closely with the mechanical and electronic design teams to ensure that the next release of optical terminals follows good engineering and manufacturability practices.
- Be intimately familiar with all high- and low-level opto-mechanical design details of the optical payloads.
- Locate the root cause of test failures during the payload manufacturing process and deploy the necessary fixes when this is possible.
- Actively participate in the optical payload qualification process. This involves: designing and documenting the qualification process, running the actual qualification tests, reporting the results in written form and, when tests fail, communicating the issues to the design and management teams.
- For all terminals manufactured, perform component-level and module-level tests at the early stages of the payload manufacturing, up to satellite-level tests at the latest stages of satellite assembly and final delivery.
Basic Qualifications / Experience:
- Bachelor’s degree in Optics, Physics or Engineering with proven related practical opto-mechanical design experience.
- At least 2 years of accumulated hands-on experience on assembly, alignment and debugging of optical systems involving lasers, mirrors, telescopes, detectors, among others.
- At least 2 years of experience in opto-mechanical design with emphasis on tolerancing and stray light analysis. High proficiency in Optic Studio (Zemax) is essential.
- Relevant knowledge on design and analysis software, e.g. Solidworks, Sigfit.
- A detail-oriented personality; careful, methodological, and persistent in tracking down problems.
- Able to communicate effectively, promptly raising issues to the team co-workers or manager when problems or concerns arise.
- Diligent worker, with good documentation / reporting habits
Preferred Qualifications / Experience:
- User-level experience with Linux (Unix) systems, close familiarity using shell command lines (either local, or through remote ssh connections).
- Some professional coding experience, such as Python, MATLAB, Octave, or a combination.
- Familiar working with on-line documentation on-the-cloud (such as google docs, spreadsheets, etc).
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