• 13/9/23
  • Ref: REF7439

Mechanical Design Engineer - Contractor


  • Location Icon England, Harwell
  • Work Type Icon Contract

Job Description

KDC is looking for an experienced and motivated Mechanical Design Engineer to join our clients team in the UK on a 6-month contract.

What you’ll do

  • Generation of mechanical requirements (at spacecraft, subsystem, and unit levels).
  • Plan the mechanical design of hardware including spacecraft structure, mechanisms, unit modules, and ground support equipment to meet mission requirements.
  • Work closely with Mechanical Analysis Engineers on the structural analysis of flight and mission support hardware.
  • Work with AIV team to ensure that mechanical design considers ease of manufacture, assembly, integration, and test.
  • Define and perform hardware-related activities throughout spacecraft design and development, AIV phases, and Launch campaigns.
  • Support structural testing of flight and engineering-related hardware.
  • Generate and maintain MCAD related documentation including specifications, manufacturing drawings (part/assembly/ICD procedures, work instructions, reports, etc.)
  • Generate inputs to project lifecycle reviews (PDR, CDR, etc.)
  • Support Procurement with manufacturing supply chain and supplier engagement.
  • Assist company-wide projects and activities as a member of the global Astroscale team.

What you’ll need

  • Diploma; bachelor or master’s degree in mechanical engineering or relevant engineering/science discipline.
  • 3+ years of experience as a mechanical design engineer, with experience in the space industry desirable (aerospace will also be considered).
  • Proficient ideally using SolidWorks, (other CAD software packages such as CATIA, NX, CREO etc. will also be considered).
  • Ability to prepare and deliver to a project plan.

Desired Skills

  • Experience working in a start-up environment or SME.
  • Familiarity with FEA through using structural analysis software packages such as Ansys, Nastran, Hyperworks etc.
  • Experience designing innovative spacecraft-related hardware and/or efficient mechanical solutions.


  • Opportunity to work with a highly talented, diverse & dynamic international team with cutting edge technology
  • Flexible working around core hours in a friendly and supportive environment
  • Hybrid working available (dependent on individual role requirements)
  • New state of the art office and cleanroom facility
  • Regular social events


UK (Harwell), with potential for some travel to Japan (Tokyo)



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