SCOUT is building a new way to see and operate in space: with a new paradigm of data empowering every satellite to do its part in making space safer. We are a rapidly-growing team deploying real solutions which will transform spaceflight, and we are looking for a Mechanical Engineer to serve as a key solutions architect for SCOUT's relative navigation and flight dynamics capabilities.

This work requires awareness and control of our own spacecraft dynamics, as well as relative dynamics of resident space objects at various ranges: at proximity, rendezvous, parallel, intersecting, or entirely separate orbits. This role will support the SCOUT engineering team and shape the direction of our industry-leading space situational awareness and see-and-avoid capabilities.

We are a diverse team which faces open-ended problems daily, and doesn't limit itself to any single mode of problem-solving. Our core values are a Culture of Challenge, Open-Mindedness, Vision First, Ecosystem-Minded, and Transparency.


  • Design packaging solutions for electro-mechanical subsystem assemblies
  • Thermal, structural, and tolerance analysis for electro-mechanical assemblies using both analytical and finite element analysis
  • Participate in mechanical and thermal design, creation of production drawings, and maintenance of design materials for future product iteration
  • Conduct failure analysis of components in relation to thermal loads, vibration and shock, and potential anomalies faced in a space environment
  • Interface with manufacturing, production, integration, and testing teams to ensure final designs can be produced in accordance with overall project goals and requirements
  • Interface with environmental testing facilities to ensure testing is conducted in a correct and timely manner
  • Maintain Bills of Materials (BOMs) for electro-mechanical subsystems including materials and coatings used to ensure compliance with environmental specifications and outgassing guidelines
  • Own the hardware delivery timeline and success through inception, design, assembly, test, and integration
  • Lead design reviews internally and participate in reviews with suppliers and customers
  • Ensure structural designs are capable of both weight and rate targets using innovative design and manufacturing approaches


  • Bachelor's degree in mechanical or aerospace engineering, or equivalent
  • 5+ years of experience with mechanical or electromechanical design and analysis (professional experience, internships, and significant student project experience qualifies)


  • Self-motivated with strong organizational, written, and oral communication skills
  • Experience working as a liaison between subsystem and systems engineering teams, internally and externally to the organization
  • Significant experience with leveraging mathematical models, CAD, and FEA packages (e.g. SolidWorks, ANSYS packages) for mechanical design
  • Exposure to designing for high vibration environments
  • Exposure to outgassing specifications and materials guidelines for outgassing environments, with particular care for CVCM as it relates to optical assemblies
  • Demonstrated understanding of structural analysis and failure modes
  • Working knowledge of thermal and structural FEA studies
  • Experience with thermal testing of electro-mechanical assemblies where high thermal fluxes and deltas are to be experienced
  • Experience with ruggedization of COTS components for space environments
  • Solid understanding and application of GD&T
  • Experience working with PCB designers and exposure to PCB layout tools (e.g. Altium) integration into broader design ecosystem

Our positions are based in the Alexandria, Virginia area, although we are predominantly remote until our new facilities are established. Longer-term remote work can be negotiated.

To conform to US Government space technology export regulations, applicants must be a US citizen, lawful permanent resident of the US, a protected individual as defined by 8 USC 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorization from the US Department of State.

SCOUT Inc. does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.