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Stratolaunch, LLC Structural Engineer I 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 Structural Engineer I to contribute to the final structures development and loads evaluation of our carrier aircraft.

As a Structural Engineer I , you may be responsible for contributing to the carrier aircraft’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. This position is based in Mojave, CA. Candidates must have strong aircraft development and operational background, facilities experience, and relevant experience in aircraft systems and structure integration.

Essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Contribute to the structural design for the final modifications and flight envelope expansion period of our carrier aircraft program

  • Evaluate the carrier aircraft loads and the resulting margins against structural requirements

  • Contribute to the design and implementation of structural modifications required for the carrier aircraft to achieve its design and mission requirements

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

  • Contribute to risk evaluations for Air Launch programs

  • 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: structures, loads, mechanical systems, aircraft systems, aircraft operations, launch vehicle integration, 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

  • Finite element modeling

  • Experience with external stores

  • 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 2-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