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Principal Engineer – Mechanical Spacecraft Structures
Ref No.: 17-14196
Location: Boulder, Colorado
What You'll Do:
  • Lead the design and analysis effort for new spacecraft structures from proposal phase thru award, detailed design, fabrication, assembly, test, and requirement verification.
  • Responsible for cost and schedule planning and tracking as well as managing efforts through robust engineering change processes including risk and opportunity management.
  • Define, maintain, iterate, and verify the structural requirements that are needed to meet the system and other subsystem requirements and interfaces.
  • Generate, iterate, maintain, and release the primary/secondary structure design that meets system and subsystem requirements.
  • Work on CAD and perform simple hand structural analysis calculations during proposal and program initial startup.
  • Transition to leading team of 5-10 design and analysis engineers with majority of time spent leading the team and communicating with the internal and external customers.
  • Coordination required with personnel from all other spacecraft sub-systems including external interfaces such as customers, customer consultants, payload providers and launch vehicle providers.
  • Maintain a regular and predictable work schedule.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships within the department, the Strategic Business Units, Strategic Support Units and the Company. Interact appropriately with others in order to maintain a positive and productive work environment.
  • Perform other duties as necessary.
What You'll Need:
  • Bachelor's degree or higher in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering or a related technical field is required, plus 12 years or more related experience.
  • Experience designing Aluminum honeycomb and CFRP structures for the space environment is required.
  • Proficient in SolidWorks or equivalent 3D CAD software.
  • SSBI clearance required.
  • In addition to the typical educational and experience requirements, a demonstrated capability to adequately perform the essential functions and responsibilities of the position and exhibit the skills and competencies of the grade level should be considered. Each higher-level degree, i.e., Master's Degree or Ph.D., may substitute for two years of experience. Related technical experience may be considered in lieu of education. Degree must be from a university, college, or school which is accredited by an agency recognized by the US Secretary of Education, US Department of Education.
Working Conditions:
  • Work is performed in an office, laboratory, production floor, or clean room, outdoors or remote research environment.
  • May occasionally work in production work centers where use of protective equipment and gear is required.
  • May access other facilities in various weather conditions.
  • Travel and local commute may be required.