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Lead Composite Stress Analysis Engineer

Lead Composite Stress Analysis Engineer

Req No. 
2017-3126
Job Locations 
US-CA-Mojave
Category 
Engineering
Type 
Regular Full-Time
Classification 
Exempt

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Who we are

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.

 

Who you are
TSC is seeking an aerospace Lead Composite Stress Analysis Engineer with experience in leading vehicle stress analysis, repairs, and production manufacturing. The first task of this role will be to review stress reports and finite element models developed by TSC engineering to assess the airworthiness of current flight test vehicles. The second task will be to lead a small team of stress analysts to support the design engineering staff with stress analysis as weight reduction opportunities are identified or as design reinforcements are identified to handle increased vehicle weights. The lead stress analyst is ultimately responsible for ensuring the vehicle structural design meets the customer mission requirements with positive margins of safety.

 

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 commercial 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.

Your Mission

  • Leads a team of stress analysts setting priorities, maintaining schedule and providing guidance on proper analysis methods.
  • Reviews, updates, and compiles engineering analytical definition of structural components and assemblies based on records from the prototype build project
  • Develops standardized analysis criteria and templates
  • Plays an integral role in the work flow release process for all 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

What you bring

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, with a concentration in a relevant Engineering discipline
  • Demonstrated experience in a leadership role
  • 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 8 years plus masters degree) 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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