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Principal Engineer, Stress Analysis

Principal Engineer, Stress Analysis

Req No. 
2017-3030
Job Locations 
US-CA-Mojave
Category 
Engineering
Type 
Regular Full-Time
Classification 
Exempt

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Who we are

The Spaceship Company (TSC) is Virgin Galactic’s wholly owned space-system manufacturing organization. Headquartered at Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, California, it is building and testing a fleet of WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft and SpaceShipTwo reusable spaceships that, together, form Virgin Galactic’s human spaceflight system. Like many Virgin companies across the world, its team of over 350 talented and dedicated engineers, technicians and professionals are drawn together by a willingness to disrupt and challenge the status quo and deliver innovative aerospace solutions to our customers’ needs. TSC’s extensive capabilities encompass preliminary vehicle design and analysis, manufacturing, ground testing, flight testing and post-delivery support.

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Our Values

TSC and the greater Virgin Organization have a relaxed and informal culture that encourages individuality and innovation. You will be motivated, enterprising and enthusiastic. Company culture is such that you need to be able to “check your ego at the door”, be a self-starter and possess a sense of humility. You will work well under pressure and thrive on being given challenges and responsibility. You will communicate clearly and be confident and persuasive. You will have a high level of integrity and understand the need of complete confidentiality.

 

Who you are

TSC is seeking a Principal Engineer, Stress Analysis with extensive experience in vehicle stress analysis, repairs, and production manufacturing for both metallics and composites. The Principal Stress Analyst will act as the subject matter expert for the stress team while giving guidance on finite element and classical analysis methods, material property and allowables development and deriving requirements from first principles. Additionally, the role requires compilation of analysis, reports, models, and margins into standardized formats for upload into TSC’s product lifecycle manager. The principal stress analyst is ultimately responsible for ensuring that the structural design of all TSC vehicles safely meet the customer mission requirements.

Your Mission

  • Develops standardized finite element and classical analysis methods
  • Works closely with the M&P team to development of material property and allowables
  • Reviews, updates, and compiles engineering analytical definition of structural components and assemblies.
  • Plays an integral role in the work flow release process for structural designs
  • Supports review of manufacturing plans and procedures to ensure compliance with design and loads requirements
  • Supports the creation of structural test plans which will be used to verify manufacturing
  • Integrates efforts across multiple disciplines to define company-wide programs for Non Destructive Inspection, Effects of Defects, Damage and Durability Tolerance, etc.

What you bring

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, with a concentration in a relevant Engineering discipline
  • Experience in aircraft or spacecraft composite fabrication, design, and analysis processes
  • Knowledge of composites manufacturing and sizing of composite structures using FEA models, including pre and post processing of NASTRAN models and associated sizing of composite structures 
  • Minimum 10 years or more of applicable experience in the analysis of structural systems using strength of materials and finite element based methods
  • Experience with free-body diagrams and classical stress analysis techniques
  • Hands-on experience with composites part fabrication and assembly processes and proficiency in FEMAP a plus
  • Pilot, aircraft homebuilding and rapid prototyping experience a strong plus
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent computer skills, including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Experience with the design of flight vehicles or vehicle systems to a set of requirements or standards such as CFR 14, Part 400, Part 23 and 25, military or NASA are highly desired
  • Experience with manufacturing-based ERP systems, such as Oracle, is a plus
  • Applicants must be “U.S. persons” as defined by the ITAR (22 CFR §120.15)

 

The Spaceship Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with The Spaceship Company is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.

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