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Stratolaunch, LLC Sr. Mechanical Systems Engineer in Mojave, California

Stratolaunch is developing an air-launch platform to contribute to high speed research and development. The goal of Stratolaunch is to use the air-launch platform for enabling technologies that may not exist otherwise. Stratolaunch has the potential for creating technology development opportunities for commercial, philanthropic and governmental organizations to collect rich and actionable data and drive advancements in science, research, and technology.

To achieve these great efforts, Stratolaunch needs a Sr. Mechanical Systems Engineer to lead the completion of the carrier aircraft hydraulic system. This candidate must also integrate with the system with various other areas, such as landing gear and the landing gear doors.

As a Sr. Mechanical Systems Engineer, you will lead the completion of the hydraulics system for the carrier aircraft. Your primary responsibility is responsibility for the hydraulic system performance of the carrier aircraft and working with other carrier aircraft engineers on the integration of the hydraulic system with their sub-systems. As the responsible engineer, you must also develop test plans, help execute verification testing, and contribute to the integrated flight test planning for the Stratolaunch architecture. You are also responsible for helping to meet the technical performance of the Stratolaunch architecture, including meeting design and mission requirements, resolving technical challenges, and evaluating technology upgrades that improve the competitive basis of the Stratolaunch architecture. This position is based in Mojave, CA. Candidates must have strong Mechanical Systems background, with experience in experimental aircraft development, and relevant experience in aircraft systems integration.

Essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Responsible for all aspects of the carrier aircraft hydraulic system, including interfaces and test planning

  • Complete the design of the hydraulic system to support landing gear and the landing gear door modifications for the carrier aircraft

  • Assess the ground support architecture for hydraulics and determine if the current architecture is the best path forward

  • Help resolve technical challenges, as they arise, for the carrier aircraft hydraulic system

  • Path to contributing and/or leading other system areas of the Stratolaunch architecture, such as structures, fluids, electrical and/or Avionics

  • Contribute to the flight test team by participating in the control room

  • 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 commitments


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.


  • Knowledge of, and experience with, one or more of these disciplines: mechanical systems, hydraulics structures, loads, aircraft systems, aircraft operations, ground systems

  • Experience with technical aerospace leadership, including working with sub-contractors

  • Experience with risk management

  • Facilitation skills and 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 high speed aircraft

  • Finite element modeling

  • Experience with external stores

  • Experience with government agencies

  • Experience with air-launch programs

  • Security clearance

Required computer skills

  • CAD (CATIA, Solidworks, and/or CREO)


  • MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook)


  • Bachelor’s degree (B.S.) from an accredited institution and/or 5-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