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Structural Engineer - Dynamics

Company: Terran Orbital Corporation
Location: Irvine
Posted on: May 26, 2023

Job Description:

Summary Be more than just an employee number! Join Terran Orbital, a leader in innovation, manufacturing, and operations in the satellite industry. We are a pioneer in the miniaturization of space technologies and the delivery of responsive space solutions. We are a unique, fast-growing, and trusted team focused on quickly and economically designing, building, launching, and operating state-of-the-art satellites for advanced mission constellations. Terran Orbital is seeking an experienced Structural Engineer, Dynamics, to join our growing team. Reporting to the Space Systems Analysis Manager, the Structural Engineer Dynamics will support spacecraft structural systems/sub-system design from the concept level through design reviews, prototype testing, manufacturing, and design verification/ testing. In addition to predictive and analytical work, Structural/ Test Engineers may serve on-console during spacecraft test activities and operations, including periods of off-hours or on-call work.

Key Duties and Responsibilities -

  • Work with a multidisciplinary team to reduce risks by identifying the constraining elements of the structure design and recommend mitigation strategies from concept level to design, prototyping, production, testing, and launch integration
  • Creating detailed finite element models of satellite structures (systems & sub-systems level) and conducting analyses including but not limited to static, dynamic, buckling, thermal, linear, non-linear, and transient for complex spacecraft systems and sub-systems composed of various materials (isotropic, orthotropic, composites, honeycomb and non-linear) used in the space industry
  • Ownership of mechanical test projects from start to finish, including but not limited to obtaining quotations from the test house, resolving schedule conflicts internally and externally, planning logistics of the test with the test house if testing is out-sourced, designing and analyzing test fixtures, assessment of tools/ hardware required for each test, transportation of the test item to the test house and documentation of all the decision and changes
  • Developing test plans, procedures, and reports for mechanical analyses and tests, including but not limited to vibration, shock, acceleration, life, and endurance test
  • Interfacing with outside vendors/test facilities to coordinate mechanical testing logistics and requirements
  • Participating in team discussions involving vehicle arrangement and design/ analysis for ongoing and future projects
  • Design and analysis of testing fixtures suitable for conducting mechanical tests Qualifications and Skills -
    • Minimum of three (3) years of direct experience working on structural analyses utilizing a mixture of numerical and analytical techniques in space/ aerospace or similar sector
    • Experience working with Nastran/Patran
    • BS or MS in Mechanical, Aerospace, or equivalent degree required
    • Must understand solid mechanics and material science principles in conjunction with static and dynamic launch environment loads
    • Previous experience developing detailed and simplified structural models for spacecraft systems, sub-systems, and components is a plus
    • Experience with Solidworks or other equivalent CAD software is a must Additional Differentiators -
      • Master of Science degree in Mechanical or Aerospace engineering with solid mechanics focus or similar desired
      • Experience with vibration (random, sine, SRS) and static load testing of components and complex systems, along with data acquisition/ processing
      • Experience in a production environment within the space/ aerospace industry
      • Experience with MSC software package (MSC Apex, NASTRAN, PATRAN, ADAMS, MARC) is a plus Benefits -
        • 100% Company-paid comprehensive medical, dental, and vision coverage for you and your dependents
        • Employee Equity Incentive Program
        • 401(k) Match
        • Unlimited PTO
        • Cross-training and professional development opportunities Salary Range -$70,000-$140,000 Your actual level and base salary will be determined case-by-case and may vary based on the job-related qualification, knowledge, skills, education, and experience. In addition to base salary, we offer equity for each employee, 100% covered medical, dental, and vision coverage, a 401(k) match, unlimited flex time off, covered life insurance, maternity and paternity leave, tuition reimbursement, employee referrals, and lots of swag! About Terran Orbital Terran Orbital is a leading manufacturer of satellite products primarily serving the aerospace and defense industries. Terran Orbital provides end-to-end satellite solutions by combining satellite design, production, launch planning, mission operations, and on-orbit support to meet the needs of the most demanding military, civil, and commercial customers. Learn more at Physical Demands An employee must meet the physical demands described to perform the essential functions of this job successfully. In performing the duties of this job, the employee is routinely required to sit or stand for long durations of time, in addition to bending, reaching, and walking. This would require the ability to lift or move objects up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift or move objects up to 25 pounds. This position is generally sedentary, with substantial computer usage. Work Environment The job operates in a professional office environment but in a manufacturing company. This job routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and scanners. Disclaimers To comply with US Government space technology export regulations, the applicant must be a US citizen, lawful permanent resident of the US, protected individual as defined by 8 USC 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the US Department of State. In addition, please note that this position may require a current United States National Security clearance or eligibility for such a clearance.Terran Orbital is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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