Job Description

Structural Engineer

Contract 3+ years, 40 hours weekly

Partial remote/partial onsite. Candidate should expect to be onsite 3 days/week. The person should be local to the project for start date.

Analyzes, researches and develops structural engineering specifications involving metals, non-metallic or composite structural materials for product design, or operation of product to include structures, mechanical, hydraulic, electrical and electronics, power plant, armament, heating and ventilating, equipment and maintenance designs. Analyzes damage tolerance, durability, producibility, cost, safety, design allowable and structural modeling. Specific structural engineering specialties may include dynamics and loads, stability and stress fatigue and thermal analysis. Utilizes and validates 3-D and digital modeling to communicate and support production. Tools utilized such as CATIA, IDEAS, Siemens PLM Software NX, ProEngineer and a variety of analytical software applications.

Group 74 requires structural and opto-mechanical engineering support for various Level 1 and conventional programs. The Structural & Thermal-Fluids Engineering Group provides innovative multidisciplinary engineering solutions though the development of advanced mechanical and aerospace technologies for sea, ground, air, and space-based prototype systems for national security applications. Examples include the development of structural-material systems for space borne imaging and laser communication terminals, heat exchangers for high-flux laser and RF solid-state devices, and aerodynamic designs and multifunctional materials for UAV platforms. Engineering solutions are developed through the utilization of appropriate technologies coupled with high-fidelity models and multidisciplinary simulations, environmental and performance characterization testing, and the utilization and development of advanced materials to optimize solutions to meet ever increasing performance, size, weight, and environmental challenges.

Perform structural analyses and testing for high performance sensors and payloads in a space environment. Use of finite element analysis to predict mechanical response quantities including displacements and stress to meet structural integrity and mechanical system requirements. Specific analyses include predicting the structural response and behavior due to inertial and pressure loads, thermal environments, harmonic and random vibration disturbances, and shock environments. The candidate must have experience specifically using NASTRAN commercial finite element software. The candidate should have experience with vibration and shock testing to characterize, anchor, and validate models as well as to perform environmental testing.

Required Skills:
-Structural engineering experience with high performance sensors for space environment
-Structural analysis using Nastran
-Vibration and shock testing experience
-Opto-mechanical engineering experience
-Masters degree is required.

Preferred Skills:
-Experience with Nastran finite element modeling software
-Masters and/or PhD is preferred.

-Partial remote/partial onsite. Candidate should expect to be onsite 3 days/week. The person should be local to the project for start date.

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