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Stratolaunch, LLC Staff Structural Design Engineer in Mojave, California

Stratolaunch is developing an air-launch test platform to contribute to high-speed research and development.

The goal of Stratolaunch is to utilize the capabilities of the Stratolaunch Carrier Aircraft and air-launch test vehicles to enable development of technologies that may not exist otherwise.

Stratolaunch strives to create 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 Staff Structural Design Engineer participate in the development of a hypersonic flight vehicle. This position also includes development and implementation of other segments of the Stratolaunch architecture, which could include airborne support equipment, launch vehicle, and ground elements.

As a Staff Structural Design Engineer , you are responsible for contributing to the conceptual and detailed design of the high speed vehicle primary structure, aero shell, and supporting structure.

Once the overall vehicle structural concept is defined, you will then lead the detailed design of a portion of the vehicle structure. As a Staff Structural Design Engineer , you are responsible for contributing to the vehicle’s structural technical performance, including meeting design and mission requirements, resolving technical challenges, and implementing technology upgrades that improve the competitive basis of the Stratolaunch architecture.

The role will also support, on an as-needed basis, the continued development of the carrier aircraft.

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:

  • Participate in and/or lead portions of the structural development of the high speed vehicle

  • Perform detailed design of various structural components, leading to release of Engineering definition and work orders

  • Design various secondary/support structure for mounting components in the high speed vehicle

  • Select material systems and construction techniques that meet project objectives

  • Evaluate vehicle loads and environments; contribute to assigning these loads and environments to various zones around the high speed vehicle

  • Resolve technical challenges, as they arise, for the high speed vehicle and its integration with the carrier aircraft

  • Contribute to risk evaluations for Air Launch programs

  • Evaluate risks and develop risk mitigation plans for Structures

  • Regular and comprehensive communication to project leads

  • 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.


  • Strong fundamental structures background, including the ability to hand size structural components

  • Experience with bonded and wet tied composite structure

  • Knowledge of, and experience with, one or more of these disciplines: loads, mechanical systems, aircraft systems, aircraft operations, static testing

  • 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

  • Bachelor’s degree (B.S.) from an accredited institution and 7-plus years of relevant experience, OR equivalent combination of education and experience


  • Experience with high speed aircraft

  • Experience with external stores

  • Experience with government agencies

  • Experience with air-launch programs

  • Security clearance

Required Computer Skills

  • CAD (CATIA, Solidworks)

  • Finite element modeling and tools

  • MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook)

Special remarks regarding work environment

  • This position is located in Mojave, CA

  • Some travel (<10%) may be required

  • 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