Summary: As part of a small aerospace engineering team, you will be responsible for the design and analysis of parachute recovery systems for aerospace applications. This will involve you in the entire recovery system design cycle including conceptual design, system modeling, test definition and completion, post-test data analysis, model correlation, and technical documentation.
Training and coaching of entry level engineers. This position has no direct supervisory responsibilities.
- Major Responsibilities and Duties:
Leads engineering activities in support of the design and development of aerospace recovery systems
Perform parachute trajectory and loads analyses using commercial and in-house codes as well as write new simulation code
Perform aerodynamic decelerator recovery system configuration development and trade studies
Perform parachute flight test data reduction, analysis, and interpretation
Prepares or directs preparation of product or system layout as well as detailed drawings and schematics
Conducts and/or leads design reviews, including preparation and presentation of technical review material at major Customer review meetings
Support the development and advancement of design capabilities and techniques
Interface with program managers, customers, and vendors
- Skills & Knowledge:
Self-motivated with strong communication, and technical documentation skills
Detailed and extensive knowledge of aeronautical, mechanical design principles, practices and procedures, preferably with experience of parachute technological design and related components and systems
Familiarity with aerodynamic decelerators
Familiarity with fabric system design analysis
Extensive knowledge of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook is required
Good working knowledge of AutoCad and 3-D SolidWorks
Experience using LS-DYNA, Hypermesh, Optistruct, and other solid modeling and design tools is desired
Proficiency in scientific or engineering scripting languages
Familiarity with trajectory analyses tools, and post-test analysis of data
Proficient using project management and planning tools, such as MS Project.
Familiarity with aerospace equipment design standards including inter alia, stress, GD&T, and drawing standards.
Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering from a four year college. Graduate degree preferred.
7-10 years of detailed, in-depth experience in a specialist area such as mechanical, aerodynamic, or fabric design.
U.S. Citizenship required: No exceptions.
The position requires that the employee is frequently required to sit and talk and/or hear. The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger such as with a keyboard. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop or kneel. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required include close, distance and color vision and ability to adjust focus.
The employee may receive exposure to toxic or caustic chemicals (solvents, cleaners, greases, adhesives, and explosives). The employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts; fumes or airborne particles; outside weather conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; hot and cold areas, working in the desert; and vibration. The noise level is usually moderate.