Sr. Structural Engineer

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Sr. Structural Engineer

Roles and responsibilities
Must be a US Citizen or Green Card Holder
Estimated duration of 18 months with the potential for extension or conversion.
W2 with full benefits
Customer and contract specific training will be required and provided.
Labor Category: Structural Engineer IV

Job Description:
As the Structural Engineer you will be working for JPL's Payload and Small Spacecraft Mechanical Engineering Section that is responsible for the structures, mechanisms, and mechanical systems engineering of payloads and small spacecraft across all phases of the mission lifecycle.

• Performs structural analysis to ensure the structural integrity of space flight and airborne instrument hardware, as well as associated support hardware.
• Performs structural analysis finite element modeling, detailed stress analysis, dynamic analysis, and test support for flight projects and/or technology tasks and/or proposal developments.
• Performs pre-test analysis, monitor & conduct testing, and develop test reports for static & dynamic testing of hardware.
• Builds finite element models from scratch, using hand-calcs when appropriate, to determine critical areas in structure and determine efficient and adequate approaches for analysis independently.
• Provides suggestions and feedback to cognizant engineers and designers on areas of concern based on analysis, mechanical intuition, and experience.
• Presents analysis results to cognizant engineers, project teams, project managers.
• Contributes to the design process of highly complex and critical mechanical assemblies of significant impact from engineering requirements for engineering drawings.
• Conducts highly complex and critical design and analysis, and oversees assembly and test of mechanical assemblies.
• Leads verification of mechanical assemblies of significant impact
• Derives and documents highly complex and critical design requirements.
• Reviews design analyses for accuracy and completeness.

Required Skills:
• Must be a US Citizen or Green Card Holder
• Offer contingent on ability to successfully pass a background check and drug screen
• Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Acoustics or related technical discipline with typically a minimum of 6 years of related experience; Masters degree in similar disciplines with a minimum of 4 years of related experience; or PhD in similar disciplines with 2 years related experience.
• Experience and advanced knowledge in structural engineering, analysis, and verification of space flight structures (spacecraft or instruments),mechanisms, or opto-mechanical assemblies.
• Advanced knowledge in structural dynamics and high speed impact analysis
• Extensive working experience in MSC/NX NASTRAN, FEMAP, LS-DYNA, MSC ADAMS. In particular LS-DYNA
• Understanding and wide application of advanced principles, theories, concepts and techniques in structural and/or dynamics analysis resulting in contributions to the development of new theories and/or methods.
• Advanced knowledge of industry and/or academic practices and standards related to structural analysis, finite element analysis, and structural verification testing.
• Specialized knowledge in one or more of the following: fatigue and fracture mechanics, analysis of composite structures, bonded joints.

Desired Skills:
• Bachelors degree in mechanical or civil engineering, or related technical discipline with a minimum of 20 years of related experience; Masters degree in similar disciplines with a minimum of 18 years of related experience.
• Experience in completing structural analyses of complex and unique flight mechanical systems and detailed analyses of its components.
• Ability to provide design recommendations, and presents structural margins & analyses to project management.
• Ability to troubleshoot mechanical, mechanism, and/or structural anomalies and failures.
• Ability to develop innovative design solutions for existing problems to enable requirements or mechanical performance to be met.
• Complete knowledge of Laboratory policies and procedures, NASA policies and procedures, and government regulations across a range of applications.
• Working knowledge of flight project practices and JPL/NASA flight hardware design principles.

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