Senior Opto Mechanical Engineer

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL)
Surrey, UK/Remote
Added: April 23, 2024

This role is an exciting opportunity to join the Opto-Mechanical team with responsibility for spacecraft level design and analysis solutions on Low Earth Orbit, Geostationary Earth Orbit and interplanetary missions. Working within the Optical Payloads department on fast-paced projects to deliver practical solutions on schedule and within budget requiring a dedicated, experienced, innovative and pragmatic approach.

Engineers at SSTL have involvement on a mission right from concept through to launch, commissioning and operational life; a true cradle to grave experience and will give you the chance to see your work in Space in a rapid timescale! This key role will often sit within the core team of a satellite mission interacting with other technical leads across multiple disciplines to generate the technical solutions for innovative projects.

Key Tasks

Mechanical Engineering Tasks

  • Opto-mechanical system design from initial concept to detailed final design using 3D modelling tools.
  • Complete manufacturing drawings to enable the designs to be manufactured
  • Support the integration of the mechanical components in the clean rooms, support optical and environmental testing.
  • Maintain design logs and produce review material.

Analysis Tasks

  • Undertake thermal, static and dynamic structural analysis of opto-mechanical components and assemblies

General Tasks

  • Management of Work Packages
  • Support manufacturing activities liaising with suppliers
  • Peer review of other team members work


Degree in Mechanical Engineering or similar.


  • Demonstrate at least 10 years’ experience on the design, build and test of opto-mechanical systems.. Experience in other relevant areas of precision engineering will be considered.
  • Relevant experience in some or all of the following areas:
  • Mounting optical components, lenses, mirrors, prisms, filters, detectors etc, kinematic mounting principles
  • Materials and manufacturing processes
  • Mechanical design using 3D CAD
  • FE analysis
  • Report writing
  • Delivery of work packages

Knowledge & Skills

  • Degree in Mechanical Engineering or similar.
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Competent user of FEA package such as ANSYS Workbench or similar
  • Competent use of CAD (SolidWorks or Similar)
  • Knowledge of drawing practice to BS8888
  • Confidence to solve stress, kinematics, vibration and thermal analysis problems from first principles and the ability to grasp new technical concepts quickly.
  • Proven effective communication with project managers and customers
  • Good team working skills and communication skills
  • Ability to plan and manage own work responsible for budgets and delivery of work meeting project deadlines
  • Good knowledge of MS Office Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Microsoft Project
  • Able to demonstrate company mindsets and behaviours; Be accountable, Drive & delivery, Communicate effectively, Self-manage effectively, Work as one team


SSTL prides itself on being a super flexible company. The role is based in our Head Office in Guildford but we fully support hybrid working and a range of flexible working options.


Our comprehensive benefits package includes; 32 days Holiday plus Bank Holidays, Pension Scheme with Life Assurance, Private Medical & International Travel Insurance, Annual Bonus Scheme, Share Incentive Plan, Enhanced Maternity, Paternity & Shared Parental Pay for new parents, High Street Discount Scheme and many more!