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Structural Analyst
Posted on 3/15/2023
San Francisco, CA, USA
Experience Level
Desired Skills
  • Deep expertise in finite element analysis (FEA), and ability to analyze and root cause problems quickly and efficiently
  • 5+ years experience in static and dynamic structural FEA analysis using Femap/NX Nastran
  • Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering or other related engineering or science degree
  • Hands-on experience with dynamic hardware builds, vibration and shock testing
  • Experience scripting and interfacing between Femap and Solidworks API
  • Experience correlating FEA and test results
  • Experience analyzing composite layups and orthotropic materials
  • Experience with design and fabrication of composites and metal parts
  • Experience in force- and response-limiting methodologies
  • Proficiency in SolidWorks and ability to dive into 3D CAD and make design recommendations and improvements
  • Self-motivation and a sense of ownership over one's work in a dynamic and fast-paced environment
  • Outstanding verbal and visual communication skills
  • Drive predictive structural analysis across the spacecraft fleet
  • Build and own in-house finite element models (FEMs) from scratch, from conception at the simplified level, through to maturity at the detailed level
  • Through FEA and hand calculations, validate that our designs meet stiffness and strength requirements
  • Report margins of safety from launch loads, including quasi-static, sine, random, and shock
  • Support Structural, Thermal, and Optical (STOP) analysis of optical payloads
  • Drive stress analysis at external vendors, reviewing their designs and deliverables to ensure that design guidelines and requirements are met
  • Support ICD development and release of key structural interfaces
  • Drive documentation and presentation of analysis results and design recommendations
  • Build scripts to automate in-house FEM development
  • Support test-planning and correlating FEMs to test results
  • Support debugging and root-causing on-orbit anomalies using predictive FEMs
Desired Qualifications
  • Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering or other related engineering or science degree
  • 5+ years of experience designing spacecraft
  • Ability to generate part drawings and perform GD&T
  • Ability to interface with manufacturers and drive DFM
  • Expertise in optics / opto-mechanical hardware
  • Expertise in Coupled-Loads Analysis (CLA) for launch providers
  • Expertise in composites design and analysis
  • Proficient in Matlab, Visual Basic, Python and/or C
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Company Overview
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