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Structural Test Engineer

Description:
We are working with a VTOL electric aircraft client in No California and we are staffing their Testing group needs.  Would welcome the opportunity to discuss if you are interested and available.

PDS Tech is currently seeking a Senior Structural Test Engineer for our client in Santa Cruz, CA
6 mo+ contract expected to extend

Overview
Working as a Structural Test Engineer, you will support the Testing Team. As part of this team, you will perform structural testing of flight critical structures for VTOL electric aircrafts. The data collected during these tests will inform the company’s hardware design efforts and pave the way to safe, production-ready airframes.

Responsibilities

  • Create test setups to validate the structural characteristics of primary and secondary aircraft structures (primarily composite) by working closely with the aircraft design teams to capture the nuances of aircraft design loads and operating conditions.
  • Develop formal test plans, test procedures, instrumentation plans, test stand/fixture designs, data acquisition architectures, and any other necessary tools to allow for thorough and repeatable testing of specimens as discussed.
  • Analyze data collected during the aforementioned tests to generate reports that will provide quantifiable feedback to the engineering teams that will allow them to optimize their designs.

Required Qualifications

  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering or a relevant discipline 
  • Excellent problem solving and communication skills.
  • Strong analytical background.
  • Hands-on attitude.
  • Experience with testing of composite structures.
  • Experience using sensors such as foil strain gauges, linear potentiometers, string potentiometers, accelerometers, etc. (including sensor installation).
  • Fluent in data acquisition techniques, signal conditioning, and data processing techniques associated with above sensors.
  • Experience with mechanical design of complex assemblies and manufacturing drawing creation, including weldments.
  • Proficiency in Computer Aided Design.

Desired
  • M.S./Ph.D in relevant discipline.
  • 2+ years of work experience in relevant industry.
  • Experience with industrial test laboratory environments and procedures.
  • Experience with Dassault Systemes CAD, specifically using Generative Shape Design, Part Design and Assembly Design.
  • Experience testing aircraft composite structures.
  • Experience working with fiber optic strain gauges.
  • Hands on machine shop skills using lathe, mill, welder, and other machine shop equipment.
  • Aircraft homebuilding or rapid prototyping experience is a plus.


 

     
Job Number: 2210150905
Job Location: Santa Cruz, CA
Duration: 6 months
Input Date: 04/29/2022
Last Updated: 08/19/2022
Firm Name: PDS TECHNICAL SERVICES
Attention: Joe Cairney
Address: 3130 S HARBOR BLVD STE 100
City, State: SANTA ANA, CA 92704
Phone: 214/647-9600
800 Phone: 800/270-4737
Email: jcairney@pdstech.com
Website: https://pdsjobs.force.com/candidates/job_detail?id=a1i1T000003jpNRQAY&URLSource=cjhunter

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