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Stratolaunch, LLC Sr. Mechanical Engineer in Mojave, California

Stratolaunch is developing an air-launch platform to contribute to high speed research and development. The goal of Stratolaunch is to use the air-launch platform for enabling technologies that may not exist otherwise. Stratolaunch has the potential for creating technology development opportunities for commercial, philanthropic and governmental organizations to collect rich and actionable data and drive advancements in science, research, and technology.

To achieve these efforts, Stratolaunch needs a Senior Mechanical Engineer to design various mechanical elements of the Talon-A vehicle. Tasking may include both flight and ground hardware. An ideal candidate will have mechanical design experience with aerospace flight hardware. You must be comfortable with supporting your design through the entire design life cycle – from conceptual through integration and test. This position will include evaluation of a broad range of technical data. Candidates must have an aerospace development background and relevant experience in aerospace systems integration.

Essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Lead the design, build, and component level testing of mechanical hardware

  • Perform structural and thermal analysis of mechanical components and/or assemblies

  • Create component and assembly drawings for all hardware

  • Assist mechanics in integrating all components and assemblies onto the vehicle

  • Test components and/or assemblies to prepare for integrated ground testing

  • Develop engineering tools, as needed, to complete their tasking

  • Regular and comprehensive communication to the Talon-A Propulsion System Lead

  • Travel, as needed, to support the department

  • Demonstrate honesty, responsibility, integrity and fulfillment of commitments


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Knowledge of, and experience with, one or more of these disciplines: mechanical design, structural engineering, thermal analysis, fluid subsystem design, component or assembly level mechanical testing, electrical and/or instrumentation experience

  • Experience with ground test hardware, including releasing engineering definition and developing work instructions

  • Experience with metal component design, including weldments

  • Experience with component-level or subsystem level test planning and execution

  • Ability to communicate technical challenges and guidance to varied audiences to explain rationale and/or resolve concerns

  • Ability to work on their own initiative and prioritize tasking to fit within the business goals

  • Ability to quickly adapt to changing priorities

Required Computer Skills

  • Computer Aided Design tools – Solidworks or CATIA V5

  • MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook)


  • Experience with the design of ground support equipment

  • Experience with composite design

  • Security clearance


  • Bachelor’s degree (B.S.) from accredited institution and 5-plus years of relevant experience, OR equivalent combination of education and experience.

Special Remarks

  • Travel estimated to be approximately <5%

  • Position is based in Mojave, CA

Applicants must be a US citizen or Green Card holder to be considered for this role.

Stratolaunch is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at our company. We encourage people from all walks of life to apply, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law. Our management team does not tolerate discrimination or harassment at any point during our employees’ and applicants’ time with us, especially with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities, and general treatment during employment.

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Job Category: Engineering