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Cantos Ventures

Production Quality Specialist



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 Specialist, you are responsible for being the last line of defense in assuring mission success. You will work with the most cutting edge MicroGEO satellite technology and perform inspections in several workcenters to verify our hardware meets the highest level of quality. The ideal candidate is self-driven, extremely detail oriented, possesses comprehensive knowledge of manufacturing and quality tools, and seeks a highly cross functional dynamic environment.

You will help create a structure for executing and improving processes for non-conformance management, material review board (MRB), containments, and corrective and preventive action activities. You will drive operational excellence in non-conformance management and work to reduce future non-conformances. You will build key relationships with Engineering, Production, Quality, and Supply and a deep understanding of Astranis systems and processes.


  • Perform in-process inspection and final verification of flight hardware to drawing, process specifications, and work order requirements supporting multiple work centers (assembly, integration, wire harnessing, or test)
  • Identify, document, and verify resolution of production and test non-conformances in accordance with prescribed procedures and pursue corrective action as required
  • Interface with engineering and production to communicate and help resolve nonconforming issues
  • Independently perform verifications and document results in a clear, precise, and complete mannerSupport quality management system policies and procedure documentation, assess compliance to company and industry standards, initiate and lead continual improvement and lean manufacturing initiatives
  • Review and approve specifications and build documentation for completeness, accuracy, regulatory compliance, and quality objectives
  • Develop, maintain, and take actions to improve quality metrics such as First Pass Yield, nonconformance trends, and quality escapes
  • Support the Material Review Board (MRB) process by managing non-conformances, evaluating their root cause, and implementing corrective and preventive action


  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline or 5+ years of quality or manufacturing experience in an aerospace, military or manufacturing environment
  • Substantial knowledge of the control of nonconforming hardware, failure/root cause analysis, corrective and preventive action processes
  • Experience reading and interpreting design drawings and CAD models
  • Experience with performing electronic testing and inspection using portable measuring devices and lab equipment (microscopes, testers, scopes, etc)
  • Excellent communication (written and verbal) and teamwork skills
  • Ability to work independently with a strong work ethic, be innovative, detail oriented, possess initiative, and team oriented
  • Willing and able to work overtime and/or weekends as required


  • Knowledgeable with ISO 9001/AS9100 quality management systems
  • Experience inspecting solder, crimping, conformal coating, staking, and surface mounted devices in accordance with IPC-J-STD-001 or IPC-A-610 standards
  • Wire harness experience in accordance with IPC-A-620 standards
  • Six Sigma Yellow/Green Belt certified
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 Hourly Pay
$45$60 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.