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Senior Structural Engineer


This is a direct position
Key Requirement: Landing gear experience is required for the Structural Design Engineer position for the XL-1 lunar lander. 

The scope of the position includes:

  • Providing engineering expertise in the area of design, development, analysis, and test of spacecraft structures

  • Working across programs, with a focus on the XL-1 lunar lander for the 2022 south pole mission. Other projects may include technology development and testing programs and VTVL terrestrial testbed flights in support of the lunar mission

  • Coordinating with other divisions in the company to develop a full and complete structures solution for various projects

  • Providing mentorship and guidance to less experienced technical team members

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Design structural components to meet requirements including expected loads and sufficient factors of safety

  • Work with every other subsystem to ensure systems-level thinking in the design

  • Assist in developing structural tests, conducting the tests, and reviewing test data

  • Provide design analysis and test data to other team members

  • Develop fabrication procedures and instructions working with the integration team

  • Provide technical guidance to fabricators and other technicians


Required Skills & Experience:

  • SolidWorks Design
  • Experience in honeycomb panels and crushable HC structures

  • Experience working on Spacecraft landing gear

  • Ability to do hand calculations (MathCAD, spreadsheets)
  • Working knowledge of: GD&T, Design Standards, Drawing Release and PDM

  • Innovative and open to helping create a Cislunar economy – passionate about space

  • Understands what is needed for high-quality spaceflight systems – and also what is not needed

  • Knowledge of materials, joints, bonding and how these choices affect the spacecraft mission regarding thermal loads, margin and resiliency, off gassing, and more

  • Experience in the life cycle of spacecraft development: design, build, and test

  • 5+ years experience in aerospace engineering

  • 3+ years in structures design and/or test for spacecraft 

  • Experience with startups or new space companies

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills

  • Strong work ethic and intrinsic motivation

  • Hands-on fabrication experience 

  • Mechanism’s design

  • Must be able to adapt and thrive in a dynamic highly technical environment

  • Will have a large impact on many programs, especially the lunar mission

  • Strong working knowledge of industry standard 3D CAD tools (SolidWorks required)

  • Strong working knowledge of lightweight space structures that include honeycomb panels, bonded inserts and embedded reinforcements

  • Experience in structural assembly and integration and testing

  • Knowledge of ASME Y14.5 standard and Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) principles

  • Knowledge of Bill of Materials (BOM), manufacturing process, material sourcing and supply chain management

  • Experience with classical hand calculations for component sizing for static and dynamic loadings

  • Experience in engineering drawing release, PDM and configuration change management

  • Experienced in producing component and assembly drawings in SolidWorks

Desired Skills & Experience:

  • Min B.S. Degree in Mechanical/Aerospace/Structural Engineering

  • Experience with FEA tools, particularly coupled loads, dynamics, vibration, acoustics, and transient loads

Professional Requirements:

All applicants must be U.S. persons as defined in the U.S. export control laws (22 CFR §120.15) and regulations to include: U.S. citizen, national, lawful permanent resident or individual admitted to the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum.

Job Number: 2110133565
Job Location: Mojave, CA
Duration: 36 months
Input Date: 09/14/2021
Attention: Chad Dunavant
Address: 370 N WESTLAKE BLVD STE 120
City, State: WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA 91362
Phone: 805/418-9862
800 Phone: 866/458-4322
Fax Phone: 805/418-9866

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