Solar Array Mechanical Engineer

Engineering · Lafayette, Colorado
Department Engineering
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

Blue Canyon Technologies (BCT) is a leading provider of turnkey small satellite solutions, including nanosatellites, microsatellites, and ESPA-class spacecraft. We specialize in precision pointing platforms based upon our high-performance attitude determination and control components. BCT’s highly experienced staff has developed low-cost, flight-proven, high-performance, high-reliability spacecraft systems and components that enable a wide range of missions for academic, commercial, and government applications. Our state-of-the-art spacecraft and subsystems are supporting LEO, GEO, Lunar, and interplanetary missions.

Blue Canyon Technologies is seeking a talented and enthusiastic Mechanical Engineer with 10+ years of experience to join our growing team.

Job Responsibilities:

In this position, you will work on the design, development, fabrication, testing, and deployment of solar arrays for small spacecraft from CubeSat-sized (10 cm square) up to ESPA- class (24 x 28 x 38 inches).  This job involves extensive SolidWorks design and documentation, including creation of detailed fabrication drawings with GD+T, assembly drawings, BOM’s, and authoring work instructions.  A hands-on-hardware approach is necessary to problem-solve, create design improvements, and train peers. This job will include original design work, and updates and maintenance to existing designs. The position will include some FEA using ANSYS and working with a dedicated analyst using NASTRAN, to prove-out designs before they go into production.

Title: Mechanical Engineer II

Position Type: Full Time

Pay Range: $88,000 - $118,000

Location: Lafayette and Boulder, CO


  • 100% company paid health, dental and vision benefits for you and your dependents effective the first of the month following hire date
  • Life insurance
  • 401k (matching 4% with a 6% contribution
  • Generous PTO (3 weeks of vacation + 3 floating holidays, 2 weeks of sick time, 7 paid holidays throughout the year) and parental leave
  • Break rooms stocked with snacks, drinks, expresso machines and ping pong tables.

Required Qualifications:

  • BS or MS in Mechanical Engineering or related field.
  • 5+ years of relevant experience, including 3+ years working in the composites industry or designing composite aerospace structures.
  • Strong SolidWorks, production drawing creation, and GD+T skills.
  • Excellent communication, analytical, organizational, strategic, and problem-solving skills.
  • Knowledge of machine shop tolerancing and design for manufacturing.
  • Small mechanism design, analysis, and manufacturing experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 10+ years of relevant experience, including 6+ years working in the composites industry or designing composite aerospace structures.
  • Composite honeycomb panel design experience. Direct experience with satellite solar array composite panel substrate design is a plus.
  • Composite manufacturing experience with direct knowledge of tolerances, manufacturing and assembly techniques, such as insert bonding and laminate construction.
  • Satellite component design experience and an understanding of the associated environmental challenges associated with satellite missions.
  • Experience with satellite solar array design including performance calculations, array retention and deployment mechanisms, and cell layout.
  • Experience with satellite solar panel testing, including electrical, mechanical, thermal and vibration testing.

Working conditions:

This job operates in a professional office environment, but in a manufacturing company. This role uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, scanners, filling cabinets and fax machines.

Physical requirements:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit for long periods of time, use hands to finger, handle or feel. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms, talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand, bend, reach, and walk. The position requires some light physical effort. This would require the ability to lift or move objects up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift or move objects up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities are required by this job which includes close vision, distance vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus.


*All employees of BCT possessing or attempting to gain government clearance will be required to successfully pass a drug test.


Blue Canyon Technologies is a drug-free workplace and an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status or any other protected factor. Blue Canyon Technologies is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. To request a reasonable accommodation, contact Cathy Juntunen at 720-450-8252 or

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