Spacecraft Structural Engineer

Job Category: Engineering
Location: Colorado, United States
Employment Type: Permanent
Location Terms: Remote
Salary: USD160000
Structural Analysis Engineer
Denver, CO (Remote)  

My client builds, and operates a diverse range of small satellite systems supporting space-based turnkey missions for several business applications, including earth observation, communications, in-orbit demonstrations, risk reduction opportunities, in addition to various science and exploration applications.

Position Summary:

The Spacecraft Structural Engineer is responsible for static and dynamic structural analysis of all classes of bus. As the mechanical analysis team grows, we are seeking senior-level experience to bolster core competencies and assist in shepherding less experienced engineers.

The ideal candidate is a meticulous, self-motivated mechanical engineer with deep experience in structural analysis of space structures. He or she would be comfortable interpreting launch vehicle (LV) environments to design spacecraft vibration test plans with notched spectra, building finite element models of spacecraft in FEMAP, performing stress analysis for all LV loads via NASTRAN, performing bolt margin analyses, and creating reduced FEA models for coupled loads analysis (CLA) by the launch provider. In addition to analysis responsibilities, he or she would be able to assist other mechanical engineers a minority of the time in structure and component design via Solidworks, engineering drawing creation, and mechanical test planning and execution.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • BS in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or closely related field
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience as a stress analyst/structural engineer in the aerospace field
  • Proficiency building FEA models for static and dynamic analysis of spacecraft and subsystems
  • Comfort executing NASTRAN solutions
  • Experience planning and executing structural vibration testing
  • Self-motivated work ethic with a desire to learn new aspects of structural analysis and mechanical testing
  • Willingness and ability to teach less experienced engineers analysis methodology
  • Good written, verbal, and virtual communication skills
  • Willingness to travel ~5 times/year to California

Preferred Qualifications:

  • An MS in engineering directly related to structures, solid mechanics, stress analysis, or related  
  • Proficiency with FEMAP or similar pre/post processor
  • Ability to create reduced FEA (Craig Bampton) models per LV provider’s requirements for CLA analysis
  • Proficiency in CAD modeling and drawing creation via Solidworks
  • Familiarity with stress analysis for acoustic and shock environments
  • Experience analyzing composite structures
  • Familiarity with standards such as NASA-STD-7000 (GEVS), NASA-STD-5001, NASA-STD-5017, NASA-STD-5020, SMC-S-016, AIAA-S-114
  • Familiarity with SpaceX Falcon 9 rideshare requirements
  • Possesses a solid understanding of thermal environments and effects

This position requires access to export-controlled commodities, technical data, technology, software, and services. U.S. citizenship, U.S. legal permanent resident status, or protected person status under 22 CFR §120.15 and 8 U.S.C. § 1324b(a)(3) is required. 

Job Type: Full Time
Location: You must be based in Colorado and happy with travelling quarterly (at a minimum) to California.
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