Senior Composite Design Engineer
Posted on 9/12/2023
Palo Alto, CA, USA
Experience Level
Desired Skills
Mechanical Engineering
  • Bachelor's or advanced degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or a related field
  • Extensive experience (5+ years) in composite part design, preferably within the aerospace industry
  • Strong knowledge of composite materials, including carbon fiber, fiberglass, and associated manufacturing techniques, such as autoclave curing, resin infusion, and filament winding
  • Proficiency in CAD software, such as CATIA, with expertise in composite design tools and plugins
  • Experience with composite structural analysis and simulation tools, such as FEA and laminate optimization software
  • Familiarity with aviation regulations and certification processes, such as FAA or EASA, relating to composite structures is preferred
  • Demonstrated expertise in composite engineering principles, including laminate theory, failure analysis, and damage tolerance
  • Strong problem-solving skills, with the ability to think critically, analyze complex issues, and develop innovative solutions
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, with the ability to effectively collaborate and present technical information to diverse stakeholders
  • Serve as the go-to expert in composite part design within the Aeromechanical Team, providing technical guidance, expertise, and mentorship to ensure the successful integration of composite components into our eVTOL aircraft
  • Lead the design and development of composite structures, from concept to detailed design, utilizing advanced composite materials and manufacturing processes to achieve lightweight, high-strength, and aerodynamically optimized components
  • Collaborate closely with cross-functional teams to develop innovative composite solutions that meet performance requirements while adhering to weight, cost, and manufacturing constraints
  • Conduct feasibility studies and perform design analyses to evaluate composite solutions, including stress analysis, laminate optimization, and failure mode analysis, ensuring compliance with industry standards and regulatory requirements
  • Utilize CAD and simulation tools to create detailed composite part designs, generate manufacturing drawings, and validate structural integrity
  • Collaborate with suppliers and external partners to source composite materials, define material specifications, and oversee the manufacturing processes, ensuring quality, consistency, and timely delivery
  • Support the testing and validation of composite structures, analyzing test data and implementing design modifications as necessary to enhance performance, durability, and safety
  • Stay up-to-date with advancements in composite materials, manufacturing techniques, and industry trends, and apply this knowledge to drive continuous improvement and innovation within the composite engineering field
  • Participate in the development and refinement of design standards, best practices, and documentation related to composite engineering, ensuring consistent and efficient processes across the organization
Desired Qualifications
  • Experience with eVTOL or other electric aircraft
  • Master's degree in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering or equivalent field