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Rotor Design Engineer

Company: Supernal
Location: Irvine
Posted on: September 10, 2023

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 Rotor Design Engineer designs rotor and controls components, assemblies, and systems. This position works 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. This position also works closely with Dynamicists and Stress and Fatigue Analysts as well as other team members within the engineering department.
This position will be required to work on-site 5 days a week.
What you can do:

  • 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 component/assembly 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
  • May require up to 25% of domestic and international travel
  • Other duties as assigned

    What you can contribute:

    • Bachelor's degree in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering required
    • Master's degree in a relevant engineering field preferred
    • Minimum of three (3) years of experience in aerospace dynamic systems component/assembly design (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
    • Strong attention to detail
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Proactive delivery of communication and follow-up
    • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
    • Must have the ability to independently prioritize and accomplish work within time constraints

      You may also be able to contribute:

      • 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 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, disability status or any other category or class protected under applicable federal, state or local law. Individuals with disabilities may request a 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 subject to U.S. export controls laws and regulations. If an export authorization from an applicable US regulatory agency is required in connection with your employment, your employment is contingent upon Supernal's receipt of such regulatory authorization(s) and your continued compliance with all conditions and limitations pursuant to such authorization(s).
        -Base pay offered may vary depending on skills, experience, job-related knowledge and location. This position is also eligible for a bonus as part of total compensation.The pay range for this position is:$133,120-$186,160 USDClick or visit: to view our benefits!

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

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