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Structural Engineer - Dynamics

Irvine, CA 92618

Posted: 08/25/2023 Employment Type: Direct Industry: Engineering Job Number: 84507

Job Description

Our client is seeking an experienced Structural Engineer, Dynamics, to join their growing team in Irvine, CA. Reporting to the Space Systems Analysis Manager, the Structural Engineer Dynamics will support spacecraft structural systems/sub-system design from the concept level through design reviews, prototype testing, manufacturing, and design verification/ testing. In addition to predictive and analytical work, Structural/ Test Engineers may serve on-console during spacecraft test activities and operations, including periods of off-hours or on-call work.
 Key Duties and Responsibilities 
  • Work 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
  • Creating detailed finite element models of satellite structures (systems & sub-systems level) and conducting analyses including but not limited to static, dynamic, buckling, thermal, linear, non-linear, and transient for complex spacecraft systems and sub-systems composed of various materials (isotropic, orthotropic, composites, honeycomb and non-linear) used in the space industry
  • Ownership of 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 of the test with the test house if testing is out-sourced, designing and analyzing test fixtures, assessment of tools/ hardware required for each test, transportation of the test item to the test house and documentation of all the decision and changes
  • Developing test plans, procedures, and reports for mechanical analyses and tests, including but not limited to vibration, shock, acceleration, life, and endurance test
  • Interfacing with outside vendors/test facilities to coordinate mechanical testing logistics and requirements
  • Participating in team discussions involving vehicle arrangement and design/ analysis for ongoing and future projects
  • Design and analysis of testing fixtures suitable for conducting mechanical tests

Job Requirements

Qualifications and Skills 
  • Minimum of three (3) years of direct experience working on structural analyses utilizing a mixture of numerical and analytical techniques in space/ aerospace or similar sector
  • Experience working with Nastran/Patran
  • BS or MS in Mechanical, Aerospace, or equivalent degree required
  • Must understand solid mechanics and material science principles in conjunction with static and dynamic launch environment loads
  • Previous experience developing detailed and simplified structural models for spacecraft systems, sub-systems, and components is a plus
  • Experience with Solidworks or other equivalent CAD software is a must
Additional Differentiators 
  • Master of Science degree in Mechanical or Aerospace engineering with solid mechanics focus or similar desired
  • Experience with vibration (random, sine, SRS) and static load testing of components and complex systems, along with data acquisition/ processing
  • Experience in a production environment within the space/ 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 $70,000-$140,000 DOE
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