Dragonfly Aerospace (DFA) is seeking a Mechanical CAD Draughtsman to join our team. They will be based at our Stellenbosch office outside of Cape Town.

Mechanical design engineering is practised within interdisciplinary engineering project teams and projects, enabling the realisation of successful and precise technical outcomes that meet the intended technical performance as set for stakeholder, user and customer needs.

Key Responsibilities

The Mechanical CAD Draughtsman will be responsible for:

  • Designing mechanical structures and mechanisms as defined by the needs mandated through clients, projects and stakeholders such that it achieves outputs which meet validated requirements.  
  • Performing CAD designing activities in an efficient, proactive and synergistic manner.
  • Designing and maintaining all CAD models developed within the organisation following the standards as defined by the Mechanical Engineering division or where otherwise approved.  
  • Designing and implementing CAD designs while operating according to approved Industry Standards and other standards as defined by its Centres of Excellence (CoE) within which specific aspects, include practices, principles, procedures and supporting structures, amongst others.
  • Mechanical design (CAD) solutions are produced for Space and Ground segments of spacecraft engineering, which includes the development, testing, ground support equipment, assembly & integration and production environments — furthermore, mechanical design solutions are produced per project need and required assignment.  
  • As a technical lead and contributor, they are responsible for (performing and contributing towards) a given Centre of Excellence. The organisation’s systems engineering standards are employed on all projects and work assignments.  


Skills and Experience

  • 2 years experience
  • Motion Studies in SolidWorks
  • Clearance Verification in SolidWorks
  • Interference Detection in SolidWorks
  • Bottom-up design method
  • Using all mate types in assemblies
  • Creation part CAD models in Autodesk Inventor
  • Creation assy CAD models in Autodesk Inventor
  • Creation of solid part CAD models in SolidWorks
  • Creation of simple assy CAD models in SolidWorks
  • Rendering in SolidWorks


Personal Attributes

  • Deadline-driven
  • Highly organised
  • Strong work ethic
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Computer literate
  • Proactive 


Education/ Qualification Requirements

This is a junior role. A high school matric certificate is required, as well as the applicable Mechanical CAD certificate.


The Mechanical CAD Draughtsman will be based in DFA’s Stellenbosch office outside Cape Town. 


If you think you’ve got what it takes to join our dynamic team, please drop us an email at [email protected] with your CV. We eagerly anticipate the prospect of welcoming you to the Dragonfly family.

About Dragonfly Aerospace

Dragonfly Aerospace is a space technology solutions provider based in Stellenbosch, South Africa. DFA offers commercial satellite solutions as well as a range of advanced engineering services, including payloads and operational solutions using space and related technologies. The highly experienced and motivated satellite engineering team develops and manufactures high-performance imagers and satellites for Earth observation constellations.