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Quality Engineering Intern/Co-Op



Quality Assurance
Sunnyvale, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, October 7, 2023
The Company
Astra’s mission is to Improve Life on Earth from Space® by creating a healthier and more connected planet. Today, Astra offers one of the lowest cost-per-launch dedicated orbital launch services of any operational launch provider in the world, and one of the industry’s first flight-proven electric propulsion systems for satellites, Astra Spacecraft Engine™. Astra delivered its first commercial launch to low Earth orbit in 2021, making it the fastest company in history to reach this milestone, just five years after it was founded in 2016. Astra (NASDAQ: ASTR) was the first space launch company to be publicly traded on Nasdaq.
The Team
The Mission Assurance team at Astra is responsible for the quality, safety, and reliability of our products and processes. We work closely with our counterparts in design engineering, supply chain, production, and test to ensure that the products that leave our doors are of the highest quality and meet or exceed our customers' expectations. Our North Star is ensuring a successful mission for every one of our customers.
The Opportunity
As the Quality Engineering Intern for our Spacecraft Engines business, you will assist with our quality management system and all quality activities at our Sunnyvale, CA production facility. You will be responsible for constructing and implementing our 5S program to improve organization and manufacturability throughout the factory. Our Quality Engineering Intern will have the opportunity for creative problem-solving and leading continuous improvement initiatives while promoting the highest level of quality in our product.

How You'll Fulfill Your Mission

  • Use cross-functional communication to influence personnel to uphold quality principles
  • Express a keen interest in learning about multiple facets of the business
  • Assist in daily quality tasks, including inspections and readiness reviews
  • Apply statistical analysis to develop key metrics about the programs
  • Expand on prior technical knowledge to provide insight on defect resolution
  • Develop new tools and techniques to improve design and manufacturing processes


  • Current student in an engineering discipline (mechanical, industrial, or aerospace preferred)
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Familiarity with statistical process control
  • Outstanding communication skills
  • Able to employ critical thinking to solve complex problems
  • Basic knowledge of CAD and mechanics
  • Eager to step into a fast-paced manufacturing environment
  • Able to show persistence in enforcing quality policies
  • Strong interest in space and flight programs
  • Ability to work 20-30 hours a week between the hours of 8AM-4:30PM

Desired Multipliers

  • Prior internship experience
  • Advanced knowledge of CAD and Mechanics
  • Basic coding knowledge
  • Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt
ITAR Requirements: This position requires compliance with U.S. Government space technology trade restrictions, specifically the International Trafficking in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and additional regulations governing satellite, launch vehicle, missile, and other related technologies. All jobs restricted by these regulations will be contingent upon the applicant’s status as a documented U.S. Person or their ability to receive a trade license from the cognizant government agency; in addition to any required company background checks and in compliance with applicable U.S. and California laws. Similarly, positions requiring the ability to work on government contracts or a security clearance are also contingent upon the applicants ability to receive the appropriate clearance and be allowed to work on U.S. government contracts.
You do not need to match every listed expectation to apply for this position. Here at Astra, we know that diverse perspectives foster the innovation we need to be successful, and we are committed to building a team that encompasses a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and skills.
San Francisco Applicants: Astra will consider applicants with arrest and conviction records (criminal histories) in a manner consistent with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.