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Sr. Airframe Designer

Company: Supernal
Location: Irvine
Posted on: May 27, 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 Sr. Airframe Designer is responsible for driving all aspects of design and certification of the airframe structure. From the beginning, the role helps to build the fundamental framework of standard processes and procedures within the subject area leading the design team throughout the conceptual, preliminary, and detail design. This will include the design and build of prototype and flight test aircraft. The Sr. Airframe Designer contemplates design for manufacturing from concept to production releases and ensures a smooth transition into production with the operations team. The position collaborates with all technical development teams, including systems, interiors, flight technology, and manufacturing and is accountable for the airframe meeting its delivery, weight, and cost targets. What you can do:

  • Translate preliminary and detail requirements into design layouts and fully realized engineering solutions
  • Provide strong technical leadership for the design engineering group
  • Perform airframe design studies, layouts, and released details and assemblies for primary and secondary structure
  • Work a design from conceptual design through to engineering release
  • Ensure the airframe design meets production rate targets
  • Ensure the airframe design is weight efficient and certifiable
  • Ensure all systems interface requirements are met
  • Research new materials application and design concepts
  • Present team independently during interaction with suppliers
  • Support the manufacturing team in developing production technology
  • Create 3D models of detail parts and assemblies for prototype and production aircraft
  • Experience in Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
  • Develop standard methodologies for airframe design
  • Works with minimal direction
  • Serves as technical leader for teams or individuals as needed
  • Other tasks as assigned What you can contribute:
    • Bachelor's in aerospace engineering, or a relevant engineering field
    • A minimum of five (5) years of experience in airframe design (an equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered)
    • Experience with aircraft development programs and Rotorcraft design/industry
    • Experience in airframe design, liaison, and manufacturing
    • Skilled in CAD software (Catia, UG, Pro-E, Solidworks)
    • Proficiency in composite structures design and fabrication
    • Familiarity with additive manufacturing, 3DP, or advanced technologies
    • Experience with project management and Earned Value Management
    • Experience with prototyping
    • Highly collaborative and proactive communicator
    • Ability to prioritize and accomplish work within time constraints
    • Self-motivated and forward-thinking personality You may also be able to contribute:
      • Master's degree in a related engineering field preferredAny 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 will 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. 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: $166,400 $232,960 USD Click HERE or visit: to view our benefits!

Keywords: Supernal, Irvine , Sr. Airframe Designer, Other , Irvine, California

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