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Sr. Rotor Design Engineer

Company: Supernal
Location: Irvine
Posted on: May 15, 2022

Job Description:

Supernal is at the forefront of creating emerging mobility solutions that will foster the development of human-centered cities. We are designing a completely new electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft tailored to the mobility needs of future cities. This allows passengers a seamless intermodal journey that safely transports them to their final destination. We fuse research in autonomy, robotics, aviation and services to define a new category of mobility for the world's communities. We believe in creative thinking and collaboration to help build a better mobility experience for everyone, improving people's ability to move - whether for work or play.

What we do:
The Dynamic Systems team handles design, integration, qualification, and certification of the gearboxes, propellers, rotors and associated systems. This position will work closely with Flight Technology, Airframe, Assembly & Integration, Vehicle Management System, Flight Controls, and System Safety teams to design rotor blades, hubs and controls to ensure the systems are reliably crafted, and provide a safe and efficient means to propel our aircraft.

What you can do:

Lead rotor hub and blade design activities; this involves crafting 3D conceptual layouts of rotor hubs and blades and the associated control mechanisms including rough sizing, crafting of 3D solids and surfaces, material selection and weight estimation, composite laminate design and considerations and improvements pertinent to mass production

Engage and collaborate with Aerodynamicists, Acousticians, Dynamicists and Stress and Fatigue Analysts

Create technical specifications, design components and assemblies in CATIA V6, build 2D drawings with appropriate GD&T and release those drawings in the PLM system

Responsible for the components/assemblies lifecycle from conceptual design through buildup and test of the prototype air vehicles.

Support the broader team in the incorporation of rotor systems into the air vehicle in the areas of: rotor blade to hub integration, rotor hub to drivetrain integration and integration of instrumentation

Provide technical guidance to the suppliers of any rotor system assembly components

Collaborate with the Assembly and Integration Team to provide prototype parts to support system level testing and engineering builds

Work collaboratively with the Test and Evaluation team to plan, support, and conduct tests as required

Build and maintain Design Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (DFMEA) reports for systems and components

Create Purchase Requisitions and other engineering administrative tasks as required to support prototype build and testing

What you can contribute:

Bachelor of Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering

5 years' experience in a relevant engineering field (an equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered)

Prior experience crafting rotating machinery

Proficiency with 3D Computer Aided Design System (CATIA V6, SolidWorks, Solid Edge, Auto CAD or equivalent)

Proven conceptual design experience, including 3D layouts

Proficiency with vehicle and related sub-component product development processes

An ability to interact professionally with all levels of management, including executive management and multi-functional leaders

Able to proactively identify problems, recommend solutions or improvements, and create and implement contingency plans

A strong sense of integrity, personal responsibility and accountability for major assignments

Positive relationship skills; ability to develop consensus and move the program forward

Excellent oral and written communication skills

Strong attention to detail

You may also be able to contribute:

Advanced degree in Mechanical Engineering degree or equivalent

Experience working on helicopter and/or tiltrotor rotor systems

Experience with developing rotor system test plans

Familiarity with data collection and analysis

Prior background with rotor system tests

Knowledge of a Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software such as 3D Experience

Prior background knowledge of electric and hybrid powertrain systems

Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background check. We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. Individuals with disabilities may request to be provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation at:

This position may include access to certain technology and/or software source code, that will be subject to U.S. export control laws. If an export license or other export control authorization is required in connection with your employment, your employment is contingent upon Supernal's receipt of such license or authorization and approvals and your continued compliance with all conditions and limitations contained in such license or authorization.

Keywords: Supernal, Irvine , Sr. Rotor Design Engineer, Engineering , Irvine, California

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