Stratolaunch, LLC Principal Engineer - Flutter in Mojave, California
To achieve these great efforts, Stratolaunch needs a Flutter Principal Engineer to lead the flutter and other structural dynamics areas, such as evaluating interactions between aero structural interactions, leading the flight test flutter expansion, and ultimate clearing the Carrier Aircraft for mission readiness. This position will also support launch vehicle integration onto the Carrier aircraft and be key member when doing combined system envelope expansion.
As a Principal Flutter Engineer , you are responsible for leading the remaining structural dynamics evaluations of the carrier aircraft through its flight envelope expansion program and preparing for launch vehicle integration. As a Principal Flutter Engineer , you are responsible for finalizing the carrier aircraft’s structural dynamic performance and limits, including meeting design and mission requirements, resolving technical challenges, and implementing technology upgrades that improve the competitive basis of the Stratolaunch architecture. This position is based in Mojave, CA. Candidates must have strong aircraft development and operational background, facilities experience, and relevant experience in aircraft systems integration.
Essential duties and responsibilities:
Leadership of flutter analyses, including evaluation of structural modes, reconstruction of ground and flight test data, and technical planning
Leadership of the area for evaluating the area of interactions between structures and the carrier aircraft flight controls, including how structural modes can excite flight controls movement and how flight control oscillations can excite structural modes
Help resolve technical challenges, as they arise, in the area of structural dynamics
Contribute to launch vehicle integration and ensure the carrier aircraft can accommodate launch vehicles and spacecraft
Contribute to risk evaluations for Air Launch programs
Evaluate risks and risk mitigation plans to determine if the risks are appropriate and risk mitigations are adequate
Regular and comprehensive communication to the department lead on a weekly and monthly basis
Contribute to the integration of complex aerospace systems
Travel, as needed, to support the company
Demonstrate honesty, responsibility, integrity and fulfillment of commitment
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Direct experience leading or extensively participating in developmental flutter flight test on a new vehicle
Experience with technical aerospace leadership, including working with sub-contractors
Experience with risk management
The ability to communicate technical challenges and guidance to varied audiences to present technical solutions and resolve questions
Ability to work on their own initiative and prioritize tasking to fit within the business goals
Complex aerospace system development
Ability to quickly adapt to changing priorities
Experience with large transport aircraft
Experience with external stores
Experience with government agencies
Experience with air-launch programs
Required computer skills
CAD (CATIA, Solidworks, and/or CREO)
MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook)
Structural dynamics tools
Finite Element Modeling
- Bachelor’s degree (B.S.) from an accredited institution and/or 15-plus years of relevant experience, OR equivalent combination of education and experience.
Special remarks regarding work environment
Travel estimated to be approximately 10+%
Position is based in Mojave, CA
Applicants must be a US citizen or Green Card holder to be considered for this role.
Stratolaunch is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at our company. We encourage people from all walks of life to apply, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law. Our management team does not tolerate discrimination or harassment at any point during our employees’ and applicants’ time with us, especially with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities, and general treatment during employment.
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Job Category: Engineering