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Senior Structure & Payload Design Engineer

PDS Tech is seeking a Structure & Payload Design Engineer for an open position in Manassas VA.

This is a Senior Level design position in the Aerostructures Engineering Division.  Under general direction of engineering management, the candidate for this position will support design of various crewed and un-crewed vehicles across commercial and military aircraft, rotorcraft, and spacecraft.

General responsibilities include:
  • Leading and coordinating the design activities of a team of 5-15 engineers within an assigned project.
  • Establishing and communicating clear task expectations.
  • Employing efficient integration of both composite and metallic constructions.
  • Solving complex structural problems by using both demonstrated and novel methods, materials, and systems.

Additional activities will involve design support, coordination, and integration of mechanical system components/routings and electrical/avionics systems component installations into air vehicles.  There will be opportunities for hands-on experience with manufacturing, assembly, and testing.

The ideal candidate will

  • Develop, integrate and document structural and interior payload system requirements to establish the system design.
  • Develop, maintain and modify structural and interior payload system and component designs, using 3-D Computer Aided Design tools and/or other design methods, to provide product definition to other engineering groups, production operations, suppliers and external customers throughout the product lifecycle.
  • Lead performance, integration and analysis of tests to validate and verify systems and components meet requirements and specifications.
  • Manage supplier development, test and production activities and coordinates with the supplier to optimize the design and achieve program goals.
  • Assist with investigation of emerging technologies to develop concepts for future product designs to meet projected requirements.
  • Work under minimal direction.

Desirable Qualifications:
  • Strong technical background including familiarity with industry standards for the manufacture, repair and assembly of composite components for aerospace.
  • Significant experience with engineering and manufacturing development and production of structural parts and assemblies utilizing composite materials.
  • Experience with the composite part detail process, including composites stacking sequence, lamination theory, honeycomb core, bonded assemblies, manufacturing assembly and fabrication processes, post-cure machining operations.
  • Experience with prototype and/or rate part production with exposure to tool design, manufacturing planning and hands on fabrication.
  • Knowledge of GD&T per ASME Y14.5 along with tolerance analysis capabilities.
  • Experience in application ASME Y14.41 methods for Model Based Definition using CATIA V5 FTA (Functional Tolerancing and Annotations) is desired.
  • Experience with CATIA V5 CPD (Composite Part Design) and/or FiberSIM is desired.
  • Ability to create and maintain parametric product geometry models is desired.
  • Cross-disciplinary interests are strongly desired; we love people that combine world-class expertise with a diverse background, hands on experience, and interesting hobbies!

Minimum Requirements (education and experience):

  • Must be a US Citizen, Green Card Holder or Permanent Resident
  • BS in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering
  • 10+ years’ experience in aerospace
  • Significant experience with CATIA V5 w/ a focus on Generative Surface Design, Part Design and Assembly. Experience in Unigraphics or Siemens NX will be considered based on supporting background.
  • Familiar with industry standards for the manufacture, repair and assembly of composite components for aerospace.
  • Experience with StarTeam, or other product data management such as Enovia LCA or PDM.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office 365 (Excel, Word and PowerPoint)
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English, both orally and written.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.

Physical Requirements:
Ability to maneuver around equipment in test labs and on aircraft and work in a manufacturing facility supporting all elements of composite and metal manufacturing.

Job Number: 2110140008
Job Location: Manassas, VA
Duration: 6 months
Input Date: 10/01/2021
Last Updated: 11/29/2021
Attention: Lucinda Contreras
Address: 50 FOUNDERS PLAZA STE 304
City, State: EAST HARTFORD, CT 06108
Phone: 860/289-2643
800 Phone: 866/636-4723
Fax Phone: 800/556-5284

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