Mechanical Engineer II – Primary Structures
Cocoa, FL • Full-time •
Travel Percentage: 10%
Required Security Clearance: None (ITAR Eligible)
You will be part of a team of driven and enthusiastic engineers working to prototype, design, develop, and test our innovative STAR-3DTM hybrid rocket engine-powered Intrepid small launch vehicle. In this position you will be overseeing and integrating the structural design work by our subcontractors and partners as well as serving as a critical part of the overall launch vehicle design team.
You should be comfortable working in a fast-paced and often uncertain environment, contributing to innovative solutions, while demonstrating personal leadership, technical competence, and attention to detail. A willingness to branch outside your comfort zone is essential… we’re a small fast-paced company and everyone pitches in when needed. This is an opportunity to get in near the ground floor of an expanding space launch start up and have a direct impact on the development and production of a completely new space launch vehicle.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities: (Duties and responsibilities which occupy a major portion of time and importance in the job. Incumbent(s) perform one or more of the following duties.)
· Work in small teams (in-house and contractor) and individually in the design of structural components for the Intrepid launch vehicle.
· Design and develop structural specifications and designs in consideration of required vibrational and thermal environments.
· Conduct detailed analysis of vehicle load path and refine structural component designs.
· Develop, manage, and report vehicle masses, mass growth allowance (MGA), center of gravity location, and mass moments of inertia.
· Analyze COTS and vendor-proposed structural components to ensure proper integration into the overall vehicle design.
· Manage cost, schedule, and performance internally and externally for assigned systems and subsystems.
· Identify and communicate technical, cost and schedule risks.
· Support configuration design studies and test article development.
· Perform other duties as required.
Minimum Education and Experience MSci in Mechanical Engineering or another relevant engineering discipline plus 2 years relevant experience. BSci plus 4 years relevant experience with launch vehicle structural engineering can substitute.
Required Skills and Education:
· Experience in multiple elements of the launch vehicle design cycle including trade studies, design and analysis, production, assembly, test support and data review.
· Ability to critically analyze engineering designs for potential hazards, constraints, or failure modes.
· Demonstrated familiarity with structural dynamics loads, stress analysis, and bolted joint analysis.
· Demonstrated ability with engineering drawings and Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing.
· Ability to read and interpret engineering standards and technical requirements and apply configuration management procedures.
· Experience with SolidWorks CAD or similar software.
· Ability to communicate technical information effectively.
· Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team.
· Skilled in Microsoft Office applications and data base systems.
· Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (current Green Card holder) or be granted status as a "protected person" under 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3).
Preferred Skills and Education:
· Experience with launch vehicle structural design and analysis.
· Experience with launch vehicle interfaces, adapter and release systems.
· Experience with Finite Element Analysis software.
· Experience in leading technical interchange/communications with vendors and partners, both in the design and manufacturing environments.
· Experience with hardware manufacturing and spacecraft Assembly Integration & Test.
· Working knowledge of hybrid rocket engine concepts and practice.
· Experience with MATLAB or similar software.