We Mine Asteroids

Mechanical Engineer

Huntington Beach, CA
Job Type
1+ years
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Jose Acain
Jose Acain

About the role

At AstroForge, our mission is to expand humanity’s capabilities to utilize the untapped resources in space. As a Mechanical Engineer, you will collaborate across engineering disciplines to help solve a broad set of problems in support of creating the first successful asteroid mining vehicle. The ideal candidate excels at working in a multidisciplinary, fast-paced environment.


  • Design and iterate solutions for structure and electro-mechanical assemblies of vehicle and component subsystems
  • Participate in initial mechanical design and trade studies, 3D modeling, creation of production drawings and maintenance of design data
  • Interface with machine shops and internal teams to ensure final designs can be produced in accordance with project goals
  • Own the hardware delivery timeline and success through inception, design, assembly, test, and integration
  • Thermal, structural, and tolerance analysis for assemblies using both hand calculations and finite element analysis
  • Failure analysis of components as it relates to thermal, loads, vibration and shock


  • If you feel you can be successful at this position, we strongly encourage you to apply.


  • Self-motivated with strong organizational, written, and oral communication skills
  • Experience with CAD software packages
  • Proficient and frequent use of hand calculations, finite element analyses (FEA), and computer-aided designs (CAD)
  • Demonstrated understanding of structural analysis and failure modes
  • Working knowledge of thermal and structural FEA studies
  • Experience with fatigue and thermal testing of electro-mechanical assemblies
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a highly cross-functional role
  • Ability to work in an autonomously driven and demanding start­up atmosphere
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills


  • Extended hours and weekend work may be required to support critical project and mission milestones

About AstroForge

AstroForge is a deep space asteroid mining company based in Huntington Beach, California. The company was founded by Matt Gialich and Jose Acain, who have over a decade of experience working in aerospace at NASA, SpaceX, and Virgin Orbit. AstroForge plans to tap into the unlimited amount of resources that exist in space utilizing our small exploration and mining satellites capable of recovering large amounts of rare earth metals per mission.

Team Size:10
Location:Huntington Beach, CA
Jose Acain
Jose Acain
Matt Gialich
Matt Gialich