Mechanisms Engineer (ESA-ESTEC)

Noordwijk, The Netherlands, Sapienza Consulting [MSM826]

Field(s) of expertise
Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
Job type

About this job

Sapienza Consulting, a tpgroup company, is recruiting a Mechanisms Engineer for Sapienza to work on our Customers Site (ESA-ESTEC).

Sapienza has been a partner of ESA for almost 30 years, and we pride ourselves in supporting a wide range of missions including Galileo, MTG, Copernicus and ExoMars. Our team is international with activities across the U.K., the Netherlands, North Macedonia, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.


  • Mechanisms support to all ESA project directorates with respect to the implementation of space mechanism technologies in current and future missions, including configuration assessments and mission performance evaluation
  • Establishment of Statement of Work and Preliminary Requirement Specifications for Mechanism Systems, Individual Mechanisms or Mechanism components dedicated to Technology and Research & Development.
  • Perform and support in the role of Mechanism engineer, System Level Mission Definition studies and system conceptual design activities in support of the ESA long term/future mission plans.
  • Identify enabling mechanism and tribological technologies for future ESA
  • Support investigations of mechanisms being out of performance, including malfunctions and contingency scenarios.
  • Support and contribute to the establishment and maintenance of the Space Mechanisms ECSS Engineering Standards.
  • Generation and set-up of appropriate space mechanisms analysis and simulation models using analysis tools based on technical documentation of space mechanisms. Back up and archiving of analysis models for later retrieval.


  • Master’s degree or PhD in Mechanical Engineering or Aerospace Engineering;
  • Minimum 10 years of experience in Space mechanisms development;
  • Excellent knowledge in space system engineering, specializing in mechanisms;
  • Knowledge of the Space Mechanism ECSS standard and its application to the design and verification of mechanisms;
  • Good knowledge of space mechanism testing and verification methodologies and techniques;
  • Good knowledge of related mechanisms numerical analysis tools such as Adams, VirtualLab Motion, SIMPACK, Matlab/Simulink, Maxwell, Flux etc.
  • Ability to work effectively, autonomously and cooperatively in a diverse and international team environment;
  • Fluent in English; knowledge of another ESA member-state language is an asset.

Candidates must be eligible to work in the EU

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