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Cantos Ventures
Cantos Ventures

Vehicle Build and Tooling Engineer



San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, May 31, 2024

Astranis is on a mission to bridge the digital divide by connecting the four billion people worldwide who currently lack internet access. We're doing this by building the next generation of smaller, more cost-effective spacecraft to bring the world online.

As a team, we’ve launched two satellites into orbit, signed ten commercial deals worth over $1 billion in revenue, raised over $500 million from top global investors, and recruited a team of over 300 world-class engineers. We all work out of our (legendary) San Francisco office, which was once used to build ships during the World Wars.

Our satellites, which operate from geostationary orbit (GEO), weigh only 400 kg and utilize a proprietary software-defined radio payload. Each satellite can connect over two million people, and we’re very excited for the impact we’ll soon have in the Philippines, Peru, Mexico, and more!

Backed by substantial funding and a passionate, collaborative team, we offer a rewarding work environment where you'll learn and make a significant impact, no matter where you are in your career.

Apply and join us on our journey towards global connectivity!

Vehicle Build and Tooling Engineer

As a Vehicle Build and Tooling Engineer at Astranis, you'll be responsible for designing, fabricating, and implementing various ground support equipment, fixtures, and tooling for spacecraft assembly, lifting, and handling. You will not only manage the design and fabrication, but also help define the mechanical integration flow of our vehicles and how the tolling solutions will enable a clean and efficient build process.


  • Own the design and fabrication of fixtures and tooling required for spacecraft assembly, lifting, and handling.
  • Define vehicle integration flow, concepts and tooling interfaces.
  • Collaborate with design engineering and production to define fixture and tooling specifications, qualification plans, and introduce to production.
  • Perform mechanical analysis for spacecraft fixtures.
  • Develop operation and maintenance plans for all test fixtures and tooling.


  • Bachelor's of Science degree in mechanical engineering or equivalent.
  • 5+ years experience in mechanical design and fabrication of hardware.
  • Hands-on experience with handling, lifting, or building large, complex assemblies.
  • Experience with 3D CAD.
  • A passion for hardware development, including working in a fast-pace environment and hands-on design and development.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and prioritize.


  • Strong sense of accountability, integrity, and team focus with extensive multitasking and organizational experience.
  • Creative, passionate problem solver that thrives in fast-paced, autonomously-drive, and demanding design and integration campaigns.
  • Experience designing ground support equipment for aerospace applications or applications of similar scale.
What we offer:
All our positions offer a compensation package that includes equity and robust benefits.
Base pay is a single component of Astranis's total rewards package, which may also include equity in the form of incentive stock options, high quality company-subsidized healthcare, disability and life insurance benefits, flexible PTO, 401(K) retirement, and free on-site catered meals.
Astranis pay ranges are informed and defined through professional-grade salary surveys and compensation data sources. The actual base salary offered to a successful candidate will additionally be influenced by a variety of factors including experience, credentials & certifications, educational attainment, skill level requirements, and the level and scope of the position.
Base Salary
$130,000$170,000 USD
U.S. Citizenship, Lawful Permanent Residency, or Refugee/Asylee Status Required
(To comply with U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the United States, or other protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3))
Our mission and our products are meant to connect the world and everyone in it, regardless of gender, race, creed, or any other distinction. We believe in a diverse and inclusive workplace, and we encourage all people to join our team and bring their unique perspective to help make us stronger.