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Cantos Ventures
Cantos Ventures

Production Quality Engineer



Quality Assurance
San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, June 29, 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!

Production Quality Specialist

As a Production Quality Engineer, you will be tasked with the unique challenge to create a quality management system and robust processes to implement it. As Astranis scales up production of its satellites, we need to build new business processes, systems, and controls to ensure our hardware meets the highest level of quality and reliability. The ideal candidate has extensive quality engineering experience working on high-reliability products, is self-driven and autonomous, and has a demonstrated track record of solving hard problems in a dynamic environment.


  • Perform and support quality functions such as nonconformance resolution, first article inspection, root cause analysis, corrective actions, containments, statistical process control, etc.
  • Write and maintain quality management system (QMS) command media documents to govern how we design, build, and test hardware.
  • Work with design engineering teams to develop standards for part drawings, including identification of key characteristics, dimensioning and GD&T, and first article inspection plans.
  • Develop a process validation framework for qualifying new manufacturing processes, and work with production engineering teams to implement.
  • Create metrics and tools to monitor the success of products and processes in production, including product yield and statistical process control (SPC).
  • Create a system for tracking calibrated metrology in the factory.
  • Conduct regular build quality reviews to ensure that design intent is achieved and well-communicated.
  • Define electrostatic discharge (ESD) and cleanliness requirements and control processes in the factory.
  • Assist production and engineering leadership teams by identifying opportunities for risk reduction and removal of complexity in designs and processes to improve manufacturability.


  • Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or equivalent technical degree.
  • 2+ years in a manufacturing or quality engineering role


  • Familiarity with implementing QMS standards such as AS9100 and ISO9001.
  • Hands-on experience qualifying and maintaining manufacturing processes for electronics and/or mechanical assemblies.
  • Experience reviewing design documentation and implementing first-article inspection plans.
  • Strong SQL and Python skills, and demonstrated ability to manage large data sets and create useful tools/dashboards/reports for others.
  • Demonstrated application of process validation and control methods such as PFMEA, design of experiments (DOE), and statistical process control (SPC).
  • Ability to use common CAD, PLM, and ERP systems such as Solidworks, Altium, and Arena.
  • Excellent communication skills, written and verbal. Ability to produce executive-level reports and presentations to efficiently convey information about large data sets.
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
$110,000$130,000 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.