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Principal Structural Engineer, Dynamics & Test

Irvine, CA 92618

Posted: 08/25/2023 Employment Type: Direct Industry: Engineering Job Number: 84506

Job Description

Our client is seeking an experienced Principal Structural Engineer, Dynamics & Test, to join their growing team in Irvine, CA. Reporting to the Space Systems Analysis Manager, the Principal Structural Engineer, Dynamics & Test will be involved in all aspects of a spacecraft's lifetime with an in-depth vision to guide and mentor junior members of the team. They support spacecraft structural systems and subsystem design from the concept level through design reviews, prototype testing, manufacturing, and design verification testing. In addition to predictive and analytical work, the Principal Structural engineers may serve on the console during spacecraft test activities and operations, including periods of off-hours or on-call work.
 Key Duties and Responsibilities
  • Collaborate with a multidisciplinary team to reduce risks by identifying the constraining elements of the structure design and recommend mitigation strategies from concept level to design, prototyping, production, testing, and launch integration
  • High-level coordination and planning and assisting management to support ongoing programs and tasks assigned to the team
  • Peer review of technical material generated by the team and providing approval for release
  • Assist in creating detailed finite element models of satellite structures (systems & subsystems level) and conducting analyses including but not limited to static, dynamic, buckling, thermal, linear, nonlinear, and transient for complex spacecraft systems and subsystems composed of various materials used in the space industry
  • Own mechanical test projects from start to finish, including but not limited to obtaining quotations from the test house, resolving schedule conflicts internally and externally, planning logistics if the test with the test house if testing is outsourcing, designing, and analyzing test fixtures, assessment of tools and hardware required for each test, transportation of the test item to the test house and documentation of all the decision and changes
  • Develop test plans, procedures, and reports for mechanical analyses and tests, including but not limited to vibration, shock, acceleration, life, and endurance testing
  • Interface with outside vendors and test facilities to coordinate mechanical testing logistics and requirements
  • Participate in team discussions involving vehicle arrangement and design analysis for ongoing and future projects
  • Design and analyze testing fixtures suitable for conducting mechanical tests

Job Requirements

Qualification and Skills
  • Bachelor's Degree or Master's Degree and or Ph.D. in Mechanical, Aerospace, or equivalent degree required
  • Minimum of 10 years of direct industry experience working on structural analyses utilizing a mixture of numerical and analytical techniques in space, aerospace, or similar sector
  • Must have experience leading teams and entry-level mentoring engineers
  • Experience working with Nastran and Patran
  • Must have experience with vibration and shock testing of space and aerospace grade equipment with applicable standards from Military and or NASA
  • Deep knowledge of launch vehicle loads and requirements and implications on spacecraft systems and subsystems
  • Previous experience developing detailed and or simplified structural models for spacecraft systems, subsystems, and components is a plus
  • Experience with Solid works or other equivalent CAD software is a must
  • Strong communication and presentation skills to interface with customers and vendors
 Additional Differentiators
  • Master of Science degree in Mechanical or Aerospace engineering with solid mechanics focus or similar
  • Experience with vibration (random, sine, SRS) and static load testing of components and complex systems, along with data acquisition and processing
  • Experience in a production environment within the space and aerospace industry
  • Experience with MSC software package (MSC Apex, NASTRAN, PATRAN, ADAMS, MARC) is a plus
  • 100% Company-paid comprehensive medical, dental, and vision coverage for you and your dependents
  • Employee Equity Incentive Program
  • 401(k) Match
  • Unlimited PTO
  • Cross-training and professional development opportunities 

Salary Range $160,000 - $190,000
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