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CAD/Tool Design/Analysis Engineer (Early Career)

Company Spectrolab; a subsidiary of The Boeing Company Job ID 1900023647 Date posted 02/08/2019
Location Sylmar California United States
Job Description
Your dreams go beyond Planet Earth. Are you passionate, highly-motivated and excited to be on the forefront of providing innovative, affordable and enduring space and airborne products...come join our Team and be part of a leader in space innovation.
Spectrolab, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company, is seeking a motivated self-starter looking for a place where you can apply both your strong CAD background and your creativity to address design and manufacturability issues in a fast paced Aerospace engineering and manufacturing environment.
This position offers daily variety of work, direct interaction with manufacturing, customers, and suppliers, and family feel of a small company, while offering the benefits and stability of a recognized global industrial champion.
As a member of our CAD and Tooling design team, you will have the opportunity to work on projects covering the entire range of Spectrolab’s products: everything from large and small solar panels and arrays for a variety of space applications to photolithography tooling used to fabricate the world’s most efficient space solar cells to airborne searchlight and gimbal systems and ground-based high-intensity illuminated test systems.
You will also have the opportunity to directly contribute to development programs and to help shape our next-generation improvements in product, process and tooling design.
  • Design solar panels, solar panel components, and associated support tooling in AutoCAD / Inventor Pro Suite.
  • Design and update searchlight/gimbal systems and high intensity illumination products for solar cell and solar panel test in AutoCAD / Inventor Pro Suite. 
  • Work closely with Panel Product Engineers to translate customer schematics and specifications into manufacturing efficient panel layouts and detailed manufacturing drawings, inclusive of Bill of Materials (BOMs), detail views, wiring lists, schematics, and notes.
  • Participate in round-table drawing reviews and CAD-check of drawings generated by others.  Generate soft tooling files from AutoCAD model.  Learn to generate and check photo-mask drawings. 
  • Work with Product and Process Engineers to identify and define the manufacturing support tooling necessary to safely build and test the hardware in conformance with customer requirements. 
  • Generate tooling procurement and assembly drawings and models using AutoCAD/Inventor Pro Suite.
  • Work with Illuminations Systems Product Engineers to generate and update part and assembly documentation needed for procurement, manufacturing and assembly, including generation of 3D models, verification of model tolerances, and model management in VAULT. 
  • Apply GD&T principles to assure manufacturability for internally built assemblies and to help resolve procurement issues. 
  • Work with internal procurement team and suppliers to resolve issues related to tolerances, material selection, and process capability to proactively address cost and quality of procured parts for both Space Photovoltaic and Illuminations Product lines.
  • Support proposal and design trade efforts by providing rapid assessment of potential layout options. 
  • Assess customer ICDs for manufacturability and provide feedback/improvement suggestions to enhance compliance and/or manufacturability.
  • Participate in LEAN improvement initiatives from both manufacturing and engineering perspective. Continually advance ideas for streamlining both design/documentation and manufacturing processes by applying DFMAT principles to all generated and reviewed deliverable hardware and manufacturing/support tool designs.
  • Use Finite Element Analysis to support new design development and Root Cause investigations. Use Inventor CFD tool to assess thermal and mechanical stress on deliverable hardware and to determine factors of safety for assembly/ground support tooling.
  • Lead design trade studies, supplier capability assessments, and manufacturability improvement projects as needed based on project scope and resource availability.
  • Assist Product Engineering in preparation of program SDRL documentation, including parts and material lists, mass analysis, magnetic moment analysis, and detailed design descriptions for internal and customer review packages. Learn to perform radiation and power analysis and to generate handling procedures and hardware test reports to backfill as needed during periods of high volume activity.
Spectrolab, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company, is the world's leading merchant supplier of high-efficiency, multi-junction solar cells and panels for spacecraft power systems with proven reliability drawn from six decades of space heritage. Spectrolab’s state-of-the-art space solar cells and panels power satellites in Earth’s orbit, as well as, the International Space Station. Since its founding in 1956, Spectrolab has led the way in the development of high-efficiency solar cells for space missions. Spectrolab airborne searchlights have been the industry standard since 1968.


Space and Launch

Relocation Assistance Available
No. Relocation assistance is not a negotiable benefit.


Basic Qualifications


This position must meet Export Control compliance requirements, therefore a “US Person” as defined by 22 C.F.R. § 120.15 is required. “US Person” includes US Citizen, lawful permanent resident, refugee, or asylee

  • A Bachelors’ degree in Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Material Science or related field and at least 1 year of relevant experience (non-school-related class or project).
  • AutoCAD/Inventor Pro Suite Certification + minimum of 4 years relevant experience.
  • Proficiency in 2D and 3D CAD modeling using AutoCAD/Inventor Pro Suite 11 (or higher), including:
    • Use of block part libraries
    • Generation of multilayer drawing packages, detailed assembly views, and schematics
    • Familiarity with AutoDesk Vault
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of basic GD&T principle or evaluating manufacturing tolerances and dimensional stack-ups
  • Working knowledge of Finite Element Analysis techniques, preferably using Inventor Pro Suite Analysis package (including definition of model, mesh, and boundary conditions and interpretation/presentation of the results)
  • Ability to read/generate electrical schematics
  • Proficient reading/generating electrical schematics
  • Highly adaptable to meet changing priorities in support of manufacturing, engineering, and marketing needs.
  • Excellent people skills and be able to communicate effectively with a diverse group of both internal and external customers and colleague
  • Ability to compile and present data using Excel and PowerPoint, and to generate/update procedural documentation using MS Word.


Preferred Knowledge / Skills

  • Experience with PCB or other electronics packaging and wiring design
  • Use of Autodesk VAULT
  • Experience generating/running finite element analysis models for mechanical and/or thermal stress
  • Designing tooling for precision manufacturing and / or large structure handling support
  • Ability to translate model information from 2D to 3D and vice versa, both within AutoCAD / Inventor Suite and from other CAD systems into AutoCAD/ Inventor
  • Familiarity with basic physics of solar cells, photolithographic processes, Aerospace materials and assembly techniques, PCBs and electronics, FEA and FMECA analysis techniques
  • Familiarity with VBA, SQL, or Labview, while not strictly required for this position, are also strongly desired “extra” qualifications.
  • Able to support evening and weekend work on an as needed basis.

Typical Education / Experience

Degree and typical experience in engineering classification:Bachelors’ degree and at least 1 year of relevant experience (non-school-related class or project work) or Master's degree with experience.


Bachelor, Master or Doctorate of Science degree from an accredited course of study, in Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Material Science or related field. ABET is the preferred, although not required, accreditation standard



Experience Level
Individual Contributor

Job Type

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