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8 months ago
Sierra Nevada Corporation
Location: Louisville
Job type: Permanent
Sector: Manufacturing
Category: Analyst Jobs
Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Space Systems business area headquartered in Louisville, Colorado, designs and manufactures advanced spacecraft, space vehicles, rocket motors and spacecraft subsystems and components for the US Government, commercial customers as well as for the international market. We are looking for those interested in working at this fast paced environment, to be a part of cutting edge Spaceflight hardware design and manufacturing

Job Description

Aerospace structural engineers are required to support the development of Spaceflight Mechanisms and structures, including electro-mechanical actuators, release devices, solar array structures, deployable structures, and other similar spaceflight mechanisms and structures. Responsibilities include design, analysis, production support, test support, and integration of development and flight hardware. Familiarity with moving mechanisms, including standard manufacturing and assembly techniques is required. Desired areas of experience include:

* Perform Finite Element Analysis using FEAMAP / NASTRAN and other FEM tools
* Ability and desire to learn Thermal Analysis using Sinda / thermal desktop analysis tools
* Familiarity with Spaceflight materials
* Experience with spacecraft structures, spacecraft moving mechanisms, or launch vehicles requirements
* Familiarity with Design for manufacturing principles
* Experience with Geometric dimensioning and tolerancing
* Experience with spacecraft design loads and environments
* Familiarity with NASA and/or FAA structural design standards
* Analyze systems/subsystems based on customer requirements as associated with structures and mechanisms designs
* Participate in the engineering development and support of sub-systems/products within our proven phased development process, including modeling, proof of concept, and implementation, and fielded system support
* Conduct stress analysis on structures and mechanisms
* Conduct Stress analysis using both classical and finite element modeling (FEM) analysis tools, static and fatigue test predictions and regressions, and certification/qualification report preparation
* Additional tasks may include support for environmental testing, coordination with multi-discipline teams including design and test teams, and other engineering disciplines
* Preparation and presentation of materials for periodic design reviews
* Punctuality to work each day and prepared to work scheduled work hours
* Other duties as assigned
* SNC job descriptions are meant as summarizations only. They do not necessarily reflect all duties and responsibilities of a position


* Responsible for thoughtful adherence to all SNC Policies, Procedures, and Compliance regulations (internal and external)
* Responsible for timely execution of all personnel-related activities such as Time Sheet completion, Performance Evaluations, Salary Reviews, Succession Planning, etc.
* Responsible for leadership oversight and for ensuring Department/Team training


* Minimum physical requirements to perform all duties and responsibilities, as defined by management


* BS minimum in related discipline
* 10+ years previous experience


* Candidates will have strong knowledge and practical experience in aircraft operations, dynamics, and controls; familiarity with MATLAB, Solidworks; experience with 3D CAD/CAM tools is a must
* Modeling of flexible dynamics (NASTRAN) exposure preferred
* Candidate must have complete familiarity with typical aerospace program design, system integration, producibility, maintainability, stress analysis requirements and procedures
* Candidate must be able to conduct stress analysis on metallic and composite structures
* A background in aircraft structural analysis (metallic and composite), static and fatigue testing requirements and analysis, and finite element modeling (FEM) is desired
* Familiarity with and desire to learn thermal analysis is preferred
* Must be capable of applying knowledge toward solving problems of a research nature, and be capable of working alone or with a technical team in a fast paced rapidly changing environment where quick reaction capability (QRC) and rapid prototyping is the norm


* To conform to U.S. Government export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

Sierra Nevada Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer

– Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran, or any other protected status

pursuant to applicable local, state or federal law, ordinance or regulation.

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