Structural Design Engineer

Mojave, CA 93501

Posted: 02/19/2021 Employment Type: Direct Industry: Engineering Job Number: 82717

Job Description

Structural Design Engineer
Key Requirement: Landing gear experience is required for the Structural Design Engineer position for the XL-1 lunar lander. 
The scope of the position includes:
  • Providing engineering expertise in the area of design, development, analysis, and test of spacecraft structures
  • Working across Clients programs, with a focus on the XL-1 lunar lander for the 2022 south pole mission. Other projects may include technology development and testing programs and VTVL terrestrial testbed flights in support of the lunar mission
  • Coordinating with other divisions in the company to develop a full and complete structures solution for various projects
  • Providing mentorship and guidance to less experienced technical team members
Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Design structural components to meet requirements including expected loads and sufficient factors of safety
  • Work with every other subsystem to ensure systems-level thinking in the design
  • Assist in developing structural tests, conducting the tests, and reviewing test data
  • Provide design analysis and test data to other team members
  • Develop fabrication procedures and instructions working with the integration team
  • Provide technical guidance to fabricators and other technicians 

Job Requirements

Required Skills & Experience:
  • Experience working on landing gear
  • Innovative and open to helping create a Cislunar economy - passionate about space
  • Understands what is needed for high-quality spaceflight systems - and also what is not needed
  • Knowledge of materials, joints, bonding and how these choices affect the spacecraft mission regarding thermal loads, margin and resiliency, off gassing, and more
  • Experience in the life cycle of spacecraft development: design, build, and test
  • 5+ years experience in aerospace engineering
  • 3+ years in structures design and/or test for spacecraft 
  • Experience with startups or new space companies
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong work ethic and intrinsic motivation
  • Hands-on fabrication experience
  • Must be able to adapt and thrive in a dynamic highly technical environment
  • Will have a large impact on many programs, especially the lunar mission
  • Strong working knowledge of industry standard 3D CAD tools (SolidWorks required)
  • Strong working knowledge of lightweight space structures that include honeycomb panels, bonded inserts and embedded reinforcements
  • Experience in structural assembly and integration and testing
  • Knowledge of ASME Y14.5 standard and Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) principles
  • Knowledge of Bill of Materials (BOM), manufacturing process, material sourcing and supply chain management
  • Experience with classical hand calculations for component sizing for static and dynamic loadings
  • Experience in engineering drawing release, PDM and configuration change management
  • Experienced in producing component and assembly drawings in SolidWorks
Desired Skills & Experience:
  • Min B.S. Degree in Mechanical/Aerospace/Structural Engineering
  • Experience with FEA tools, particularly coupled loads, dynamics, vibration, acoustics, and transient loads
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