Mechanical Engineer

Main Location
Carlsbad, CA, United States
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Bigger challenges. Bolder ideas. Global impact. At Viasat, we’re on a mission to deliver connections with the capacity to change the world. We’re the company behind the world’s fastest satellite internet service, with technology that’s helping to bridge the digital divide and improve life for our customers around the globe. By providing powerful new ways for people to connect with one another, gain greater access to education, entertainment, medical research, commerce, and much more, our team is empowering millions of customers worldwide.

We’re looking for passionate, innovative professionals to join our team and connect the world to more. You’ll work in a collaborative and inclusive environment that values diverse perspectives and continuous learning, and provides industry-leading benefits with unmatched opportunities for career growth. Our team is fearless in pursuit of new ideas and uncompromising in our quest to become the world’s first truly global Internet Service Provider. Interested in joining our mission? Take a look at career opportunities at Viasat today.

Viasat’s Antenna Systems business segment designs and manufactures antenna systems that lead several satellite communication markets. Worldwide installations include over 100 gateway systems for the most advanced satellite communication networks in the world. These gateways tie broadband satellite networks into high-speed fiber that forms the internet backbone. Other installations include thousands of limited motion antenna systems and over 550 full-motion antennas. In addition, Viasat is the leader in remote sensing antenna systems that process the imaging data for applications like Google Maps. The company’s total of more than 100 of these systems is more than all other providers of these systems worldwide.

Job Responsibilities

Come join us as we build complete antenna systems "from RF to bits"

  • Mechanical structures that form the antenna
  • Motors and controllers that position the reflectors
  • Radio frequency transmit/receive electronics, high-speed modems, and software systems that deliver a stream of bits to the end customer
  • Low-profile, high-frequency radomes for the airborne terminals

At our Atlanta, GA (Duluth) office we have outdoor test facilities including a multi-system, multi-pad boresite range, two planar nearfield ranges, and nearby a 1500-foot elevated pattern range with associated control room.

Use your experience in static and dynamic design and analysis of mechanical systems, equipment, and packages to define and derive requirements, plan conceptual and detailed development efforts, conduct feasibility studies and execute tests on both new and existing designs. You will be empowered to coordinate with cross-functional teams to manage your budget and schedule. Sound interesting? Read on.


  • 7+ years of related mechanical engineering experience
  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering or related engineering discipline
  • Experience with motion systems and components such as motors, drivetrains, gearboxes and control systems
  • Ability to analyze and test antenna components at Duluth outdoor testing facility
  • Knowledge of lean manufacturing processes
  • Experience with Design for Manufacturing and Design for Assembly
  • Experience with low and high-volume manufacturing processes
  • Experience resolving problems from design engineering to production assembly
  • Experience with tooling design and inspection techniques
  • Experience with cross-functional teams, including multiple engineering disciplines, assembly personnel, and quality representatives
  • US citizenship required
  • Up to 10% Travel, Globally


  • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering or related engineering discipline
  • Experience with large aperture antenna systems
  • Experience with SolidWorks or similar CAD package and understanding of Finite Element Analysis
  • Experience in system level architecture that may include aspects of mechanical, electrical, and software disciplines
  • Experience with DTUPC
  • Experience with design and control of positioning systems
  • Ability to obtain a government security clearance

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Additional requirements

Minimum education: BA/BS or equivalent experience

Years of experience: Other

Travel: Up to 10%

Citizenship: US Citizenship Required

Clearance: None

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Mechanical Engineer