Opterus is working on the most innovative and game changing space deployable structures and mechanisms technologies ever conceived. If you share an interest in composites, space, structures, mechanisms, and building cool things that will change the world, we invite you to join our team.

Opterus exists for three reasons – first, to fulfill a passion for cutting-edge advanced composite structures. We love inventing, building, and bringing to market crazy advanced folding, deforming, and shape changing structures. We’re working on huge space-based solar power platforms, 10,000 square meter solar sails, cislunar radar systems, origami deployable reflectors, and more. Our second purpose is to provide a rewarding place to work by calming the chaos that plagues many startups in the new space industry. We are not VC funded, publicly traded, or otherwise driven to maximize financial output at your expense. Our purpose is to create an enabling, intellectually rewarding, healthy, and stable work environment where we can exercise our passion for structures and business. And third, yes, we’re here to make money.

We’re looking for Mechanical Engineering Summer Interns to assist with deployable spacecraft structures and mechanism design, analysis, development, fabrication, and testing. No prior experience is required. However, aptitudes for structures, mechanisms, composites, deployable structures, design (SolidWorks), satellite systems, structural static and dynamic testing, and finite element analysis (Abaqus) are desired. This is a full-time temporary (summer only) position. The position is primarily onsite, and applicants are expected to regularly commute to Opterus.

Candidates must be currently enrolled in a Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering Bachelor of Science or post-graduate educational program. Graduated engineers looking for full-time work are encouraged to view other open positions at Opterus. Candidates are required to be US citizens and to be able to obtain a US Department of Defense security clearance if needed. If your application is immediately rejected, check that you meet these requirements and that you have answered the application questions correctly.

Pay is $15 to $25 per hour with a work expectation of at least 12 hours per week.