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Stratolaunch, LLC Structural Engineer I, Analyst in Mojave, California

Position Summary

Stratolaunch is a technology accelerator that engineers operationally realistic testing at Mach 5+. Our air-launched, Talon testbeds are reusable, cost-effective platforms that enable routine access to the hypersonic environment. We deliver flight data critical to validating system performance and achieving rapid technology deployment. Together with our customers, we drive innovations that are imperative to advancing national security.

To help achieve these efforts, Stratolaunch is seeking a Structural Engineer I (Analyst) to support design, analysis, integration, testing, and maintenance of hypersonic aircraft structure. This position will include contributing to conceptual and detailed structural design of high-speed vehicle primary and secondary structure. You must be comfortable receiving direction and guidance from lead and experienced structural engineers and owning your responsibilities. 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 hypersonic vehicle architecture.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Participate in portions of the structural development of hypersonic vehicles

  • Generate and maintain hypersonic vehicle finite element method (FEM) models - including meshing, materials & properties assignment, grouping, etc.

  • Generate and/or expand upon FEMAP interfacing and data reduction scripts and programs

  • Apply vehicle loads and environments to FEM

  • Perform modal and linear finite element analysis (FEA), as required, to evaluate vehicle loads and environments

  • Perform structural trade studies to develop and/or improve airframe load paths

  • Assess and confirm FEA results with hand calculations as appropriate

  • Interpret results and make design modifications to meet program requirements

  • Select material systems and construction techniques that meet project objectives

  • Work with structural and mechanical designers to incorporate analysis-driven design modifications

  • Create analysis reports to support the documentation of structural margins

  • Perform detailed design of structural components and assemblies, as required

  • Assist structural designers in disposition of manufacturing nonconformances and resolve technical challenges, as they arise

  • Evaluate risks and develop risk mitigation plans for primary structures

  • Regular and comprehensive communication to your project lead

  • Demonstrate honesty, responsibility, integrity, and fulfillment of commitments

QUALIFICATIONS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential responsibility 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.

Required Qualifications:

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

  • Perform structural hand calculations

  • Experience designing and analyzing either composite or metallic structures

  • Ability to communicate technical challenges and guidance to varied audiences to explain rationale and/or resolve concerns

  • Ability to take direction, work relatively independently, and prioritize tasking to fit within the business goals

  • Ability to quickly adapt to changing priorities

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with FEM generation

  • Experience with FEA and FEA post-processing

  • Experience with BMI or epoxy pre-preg composites

  • Experience with static structural testing

  • Experience with loads development

Required Computer Skills:

  • Structural analysis tools

  • Programming - Python, C++, or Matlab

  • Computer Aided Design tools - Siemens NX (preferred), CATIA, or Solidworks

  • MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook)

Preferred Computer Skills:

  • FEMAP

  • NX NASTRAN

  • Programming (Python, C++, Matlab, or VBA) as it pertains to FEMAP interfacing and data reduction

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor’s degree (B.S.) from accredited institution and 0-2 years of engineering experience, OR equivalent combination of education and experience

Special remarks regarding work environment, if applicable

  • Position based in Mojave, CA. Consideration for partial remote/on-site work

  • Travel, as needed, to support the department. Travel estimated to be <5%

Benefits and our location:

  • Relocation eligible to local area – Mojave, CA

  • 9/80 schedule

  • Healthcare (medical, dental, vision, prescription drugs)

  • Paid Maternity and Parental Leave

  • 50% company match per contributed dollar into 401(k) savings plan up to the IRS annual limit

  • Tuition reimbursement

Mojave Air & Spaceport is located 95 miles north of Los Angeles. To outsiders it may seem like it is the middle-of-nowhere, but it offers both affordability and central access to a variety of California’s best attractions and landmarks. Hikers will find themselves within a 2-3 hours distance of some of the best state and national parks, including Yosemite and Sequoia in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Skiers will delight in being closely distanced to world-class resorts at Mammoth Mountain, Mountain High, and Big Bear. Beachgoers can find plenty of sand, sun, and sunsets at both Southern and Central California beaches like Ventura, Huntington, Santa Monica, and Pismo. The area also offers plenty of rural area for off-roading and horseback riding enthusiasts.

Not much for the outdoors and prefer the city life? You’re within a half day’s drive or less of Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas, and San Francisco where you can find a variety of live entertainment, museums, tours, and historical sight-seeing. Theme parks are in abundance, with Six Flags Magic Mountain, Disneyland, and Knotts Berry Farm ready to meet the needs of rollercoaster thrill seekers.

Food and drink fanatics are in a haven of delectable choices. Wine aficionados will also find easy access to some of the state’s best vino in Paso Robles, Santa Ynez, and even more locally in Tehachapi and Agua Dulce. Beer fanatics will find some of the best West Coast IPAs at Bravery and Lucky Luke’s in Lancaster. Any food option you crave is covered, and we always recommend the authentic and fresh Mexican food that you won’t find anywhere else in the United States.

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.

Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law:

https://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeopost.pdf

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