Senior Launch Structures Engineer

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Aerospace Corporation
Aerospace, Systems, Engineering
Full Time

Job Description

The Aerospace Corporation is the trusted partner to the nation's space programs, solving the hardest problems and providing unmatched technical expertise. As the operator of a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC), we are broadly engaged across all aspects of space- delivering innovative solutions that span satellite, launch, ground, and cyber systems for defense, civil and commercial customers. When you join our team, you'll be part of a special collection of problem solvers, thought leaders, and innovators. Join us and take your place in space.

At Aerospace, we are committed to providing an inclusive and diverse workplace for all employees to share in our common passion and aspiration - to carry out a mission much bigger than ourselves.

We remain committed to maintaining a safe environment for hiring as we look forward to the future of work. Click here for information on Aerospace's COVID-19 directives and safety procedures implemented to keep our workplace safe.

Job Summary

The Vehicle Systems Division (VSD) sits at the center of the ideas and data behind current and future systems supplying innovative research and development; technical evaluations during the acquisition process; conceptual and detailed design; assembly, integration, test; and operational support. Comprised primarily of highly-trained mechanical and aerospace engineers, VSD provides national expertise in the areas of vehicle engineering; guidance, navigation, and controls; robotics; electro-mechanical devices; embedded systems; fluid mechanics; propulsion; thermal control; orbital mechanics; mechanisms; structures; structural dynamics; and dynamic environments.

The Structures Department within the Structural Mechanics Subdivision, Vehicle Systems Division, is seeking a well-qualified individual with a strong foundation in solid mechanics, practical experience in structural analysis using both hand calculations and finite element analysis techniques, a passion for the space industry, and a desire to apply their expertise to help solve a variety of technical challenges. The Launch Structures Section has insight into the metallic and composite structures being developed across the industry for the next generation of space launch vehicles and develops technical assessments to help inform government customer decisions. This is a full-time position based in El Segundo, CA.

What You'll Be Doing
  • Resolve design and test issues/anomalies/challenges via detailed structural analyses of launch vehicle structures.
  • Offer technical consultation to management, customers, contractors, and government organizations in formulating and assessing test plans, procedures, objectives, and success criteria.
  • Develop and assess design and analysis criteria, requirements, and specifications for launch vehicle structures.
  • Contribute to the development and execution of test programs for development, qualification, and acceptance of structures.
  • Improve agility of the mission assurance process in assessing the structural integrity and survivability of space launch structures.
  • Maintain state-of-the-art skills in activities related to design, evaluation, and testing of space launch structures. Skills include expertise in structural mechanics analysis techniques, failure criteria, composite design criteria, fracture and fatigue, damage tolerance, and advanced finite element analysis methods.
  • Communicate with both inter-organizational personnel, program offices and customers when necessary to scope, plan and resolve technical issues.
    • Coordinate with technical experts at the contractors to address concerns.
    • Work within interdisciplinary teams to address cross-disciplinary issues.
    • Keep management and customers informed of emerging risks.

This position is available as a Senior Member of the Technical Staff or Engineering Specialist

What You Need to be Successful

Minimum Requirements:

Senior Member of the Technical Staff
  • Bachelor's degree in a STEM field or equivalent is required
  • Typically, 5+ years of experience in structural engineering
  • Experience performing finite element analysis
  • Experience or coursework in structural mechanics such as composite materials, nonlinear materials, fracture, and fatigue
  • Willingness to occasionally travel domestically/internationally to work off-business hours to support customer needs, approximately 10% (as required).
  • This position requires ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance, which is issued by the U.S. government. U.S. citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance.

Engineering Specialist

Same requirements as Senior Member of the Technical Staff noted above, in addition to:
  • Typically, 8+ years of experience in structural engineering

How You Can Stand Out [3-5 bullets recommended]

It would be impressive if you have one or more of these:
  • Advanced degree in a STEM field or equivalent is required
  • 12+ years of experience in structural engineering
  • Proficient in the design, structural analysis, and test of launch vehicle structures including pressurized tanks, interstages, payload fairings, and adapters
  • Proficient with NASTRAN, Abaqus, or other commercial finite element software
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate technical assignments and lead project teams
  • Demonstrated ability to disposition hardware nonconformances
  • Direct experience correlating finite element model predictions to test results

Ways We Reward Our Employees

During your interview process, our team will provide details of our industry-leading benefits.

Benefits vary and are applicable based on Job Type. A few highlights include:
  • Comprehensive health care and wellness plans
  • Paid holidays, sick time, and vacation
  • Standard and alternate work schedules, including telework options
  • 401(k) Plan - Employees receive a total company-paid benefit of 8%, 10%, or 12% of eligible compensation based on years of service and matching contributions; employees are immediately eligible and vested in the plan upon hire
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Variable pay program for exceptional contributions
  • Relocation assistance
  • Professional growth and development programs to help advance your career
  • Education assistance programs
  • An inclusive work environment built on teamwork, flexibility, and respect

We are all unique, from diverse backgrounds and all walks of life, yet one thing bonds all of us to each other-the belief that we can make a difference. This core belief empowers us to do our best work at The Aerospace Corporation.

Equal Opportunity Commitment

The Aerospace Corporation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. We believe that a diverse workforce creates an environment in which unique ideas are developed and differing perspectives are valued, producing superior customer solutions. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, color, religion, genetic information, marital status, ancestry, national origin, protected veteran status, physical disability, medical condition, mental disability, or disability status and any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. If you're an individual with a disability or a disabled veteran who needs assistance using our online job search and application tools or need reasonable accommodation to complete the job application process, please contact us by phone at 310.336.5432 or by email at You can also review The Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law and the supplement, as well as the Pay Transparency Policy Statement.

Company Information

A trusted partner. A national resource. A leader in national security space. We are THE Aerospace Corporation. A team that takes pride in our readiness to solve some of the most complex technical challenges in existence. With challenges spanning government to commercial, you’ll have the unique opportunity to work on projects that are literally evolving our nation's space and launch capabilities. We all share a common passion and aspiration – to serve a mission much bigger than ourselves. When you join our team, you’ll be part of a rare collection of thought leaders and game-changing innovators. Are you ready to launch your career?

Dice Id : 90970895
Position Id : R003389
Originally Posted : 2 months ago

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