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Do you enjoy designing and developing innovative solutions to solve tough problems? Would you like to be part of a fast-paced team developing systems for spacecraft and space habitats? Are you interested in expanding your engineering skills by working for an innovative and inspiring employer? Do you think that contributing to the design, development, build, and test of spaceflight hardware would be a great opportunity? Sierra Space in Madison, WI, is looking for a talented and energetic Mechanical Engineer to be a part of our growing mechanical engineering team.

Sierra Space, based in Louisville, Colorado with operations in Madison, Wisconsin, Durham, North Carolina, and Kennedy Space Center, Florida, designs and manufactures advanced spacecraft, satellites, propulsion and environmental systems, spacecraft subsystems and components for the U.S. government (including NASA), commercial customers and international organizations. Learn more about Sierra Space

Members of the High Pressure Systems team develop components and systems to store, transport and regulate oxygen and mixed gas in space vehicles and International Space Station payloads. The position requires interdisciplinary knowledge and expertise, which the team applies to solving system-level challenges. Mechanical, electrical, materials, thermal, manufacturing, and testing skills are all applicable. Potential future areas of focus include developing liquid handling systems, thermal control systems, LED lighting systems, atmospheric composition control, environmental sensors, and biological support systems in spaceflight.

Immediate job responsibilities include requirements development, creating conceptual and detailed designs, analysis, interfacing with other design teams and disciplines, prototyping and testing, communicating with suppliers and procurement, and participating in technical reviews (design, test readiness, manufacturing readiness, etc.) with customers. Additional responsibilities include supporting internal manufacturing, test, and verification teams. Candidates should have excellent communication skills, the ability to function independently in a technically demanding environment, and a willingness to work with a diverse team of engineers, technicians, and support staff.


  • Bachelor's of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering or related discipline and typically 0-2 or more years of relevant experience

  • Related experience may be considered in lieu of required education

  • Conceptual knowledge of engineering principles and practices

  • Experience with Computer Aided Engineering tools

  • Familiarity with working in multi-disciplinary design and development teams


  • Understanding of engineering foundations such as stress, motion, pressure, heat transfer and fluid mechanics

  • Understanding of design fundamentals such as material selection, tolerance-stack-up calculations, design for manufacturing, CAD modeling and experimental design

  • Understanding of Engineering Simulation such as Finite Element structural Analysis (FEA), Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Thermal Analysis

  • Experience interpreting and applying industry standards toward product design

  • Experience drafting, dimensioning, and applying tolerances to drawings using GD&T per ASME Y14.5; exposure to model-based definition

  • The ability to obtain and maintain a Security Clearance may be required. Learn more about the background check process for Security Clearances

  • Understanding of compressible flows and pressures, and their interactions

  • Understanding of design and material selection for oxygen compatibility

  • Basic knowledge of electrical principles, instrumentation, and data acquisition

  • Co-op, internship or work experience in an engineering or related field


To conform to U.S. Government international trade regulations, applicant must be a U.S. Citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State or U.S. Department of Commerce.

With 30+ years of proven spaceflight heritage, Sierra Space has provided more than 4,000 space systems, subsystems and components to customers worldwide, and participated in more than 500 missions to space, including to Mars. The company has technology in production and in development to enable space habitats for short- and long-duration space travel, a fleet of Dream Chaser spaceplanes, and the first free-flying commercial space station. Please visit www.sierraspace.com to learn more about Sierra Space, its business areas, capabilities, programs, products and services.

Salary: $62,660.05 - $86,157.57

Sierra Space offers a generous benefit package, including medical, dental, and vision plans, 401(k) with 150% match up to 8%, life insurance, 3 weeks paid time off, tuition reimbursement, and more.

As COVID-19 continues to significantly impact our employees, families and communities, we are taking action to address the increased risk and uncertainty COVID-19 and associated variants pose in the workplace. SNC is committed to supporting our employees while ensuring we continue to meet essential national security needs of our country.

With employee health and safety as our top priority, and as a federal contractor, SNC will continue to require COVID-19 vaccination status for all employees including new hires. In accordance with applicable requirements, all current and newly hired employees who are unvaccinated may be required to adhere to enhanced onsite safety protocols including weekly COVID-19 testing, face coverings, and social distancing. 

The status of applicable COVID-19 vaccination requirements are subject to change depending on applicable court orders and the course of ongoing litigation. Candidates may later be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or have an approved exemption. 

At Sierra Space, our mission is to dream, innovate, inspire and empower the next generation to transform humanity through technology and imagination. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we welcome our employees to bring their whole selves to their work. Sierra Space is committed to fostering an inclusive, accepting, and diverse environment free of discrimination on the basis of race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran. Contributions to Sierra Space come in many shapes and styles, and we believe diversity in our workforce fosters new and greater ways to dream, innovate, and inspire.

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Sierra Space
United States, Madison, WI
Posted 3 months ago
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