Mechanical Engineer II – Primary Structures

Cocoa, FL • Full-time •

Travel Percentage: 10%

Required Security Clearance: None (ITAR Eligible)

Job Description:

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.