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Welcome to Planet. We believe in using space to help life on Earth.

Planet designs, builds, & operates the largest constellation of imaging satellites in history. This constellation delivers an unprecedented dataset of empirical information via a revolutionary cloud-based platform to authoritative figures in commercial, environmental, & humanitarian sectors. We are both a space company & data company all rolled into one.

Customers & users across the globe use Planet's data to develop new technologies, drive revenue, power research, & solve our worlds toughest obstacles.

As we control every component of hardware design, manufacturing, data processing, & software engineering, our office is a truly inspiring mix of experts from a variety of domains.

We have a people-centric approach toward culture & community & we strive to iterate in a way that puts our team members first & prepares our company for growth. Join Planet & be a part of our mission to change the way people see the world.

Planet is a global company with employees working remotely world wide & joining us from offices in San Francisco, Washington DC, Germany, & The Netherlands.

About the Role:  

You will be joining a world class Satellite Manufacturing team. Here at Planet we approach hardware development like software: we release early & release often. Our philosophy is to iterate quickly to ensure we always have the latest technology & advancements of our platform ready for launch. That thinking is at the core of how we approach Manufacturing at Planet.

You will build, test & deliver hundreds of Satellites with a small team of dedicated technicians & engineers who take great pride in their work.

Impact Youll Own:

  • Assemble & test satellite avionics at board level & subassembly level
  • Organize & manage test stations & tools
  • Support engineering in improving functional testing of sub systems & components as well as system level testing
  • Build cables & harnesses for internal systems, electrical interconnects & overall systems. 
  • Troubleshoot test failures with test engineers
  • Develop & improve work instruction guides
  • Apply continuous improvement methodologies (Lean/Six Sigma)

What You Bring:

  • Excellent communication skills & the ability to work well with people at all levels & teams
  • Ability to document test issues clearly & concisely in JIRA and/or Slack
  • Demonstrated ability to juggle multiple units under test simultaneously
  • Steady hands for precision assembly/disassembly of unit under test with test station
  • Experience with electronics assembly procedures
  • Impeccable organization skills
  • Strong analytical & problem solving skills
  • 3+ years of hands-on technician experience
  • Hands-on attitude towards work
  • Experience rolling out SOPs & standard work
  • Ability to debug mechanical & electrical systems

What Makes You Stand Out:

  • Proven history of managing complex, interdisciplinary manufacturing processes
  • Ability to learn new engineering concepts quickly
  • Demonstrated ability to implement continuous improvement processes
  • Experience with command-line interface on Linux desktop
  • Ability to read & parse log files
  • Strong PCB & harness soldering skills

Benefits While Working at Planet:

  • Comprehensive Health Plan
  • Wellness program & onsite massages in specific offices
  • Flexible Time Off
  • Recognition Programs
  • Commuter Benefits
  • Learning & Tuition Reimbursement
  • Parental Leave
  • Offsites & Happy Hours
  • Volunteering Benefits

Some Press About Us: 

Our CEO, Will Marshall featured on TED and featured in a Planet Blog

Planet: Bringing Space Back Down to Earth

Tiny, privately owned satellites are changing how we view the Earth features in NBC News

Planet And Rocket Lab Create Mission Patch To Honor Women In Aerospace Planet Blog

Why we care so much about Belonging. 

Were dedicated to helping the whole Planet, & to do that we must strive to represent all of it within each of our offices & on all of our teams. Thats why Planet is guided by an ultimate  north star of Belonging, dreaming big as we approach our ongoing work with diversity, equity & inclusion.  If this job intrigues you, but youre thinking you might not have all the qualifications, please... do apply!  At Planet, we are looking for well-rounded people from around the world who can contribute to more ways than just what is listed in this job description.  We dont just fill positions, we aspire to fulfill peoples careers, most excited about folks who are motivated by our underlying humanitarian efforts.  We are a few orbits around the sun before we get to where we want to be, so we hope youre excited to come along for the ride. 

EEO statement:

Planet is committed to building a community where everyone belongs & we invite people from all backgrounds to apply. Planet is an equal opportunity employer, & committed to providing employment opportunities regardless of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, childbirth & breastfeeding, age, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, or any other protected classification, in accordance with applicable federal, state, & local laws. 


Planet is an inclusive community & we know that everyone has their own needs. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation during the interview process, please call Planet's front office at 669-214-9404 or contact your recruiter with your request. Your message will be confidential & we will be happy to assist you.

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