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Lead Structural Analysis Engineer

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc.

This is a Full-time position in Roseville, CA posted June 7, 2021.

Under direction of the lead structures engineer and/or the chief engineer, perform structural sizing and layout for a new or existing unmanned composite aircraft and related ground support equipment. Assignments will require experience with detailed analysis procedures, loads development, FEM analysis, PATRAN, layout sizing, structural integrity evaluations, composite materials allowable development, aeroelastic and dynamic evaluations, and weight. Basic thermal analysis using hand calculations, network analysis and/or FEM may be required here at KUAS.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

The duties and responsibilities listed below apply to all levels of Mechanical/Structures Engineers. Each level of Mechanical/Structures Engineer has additional duties and responsibilities listed.

  • Manages effort and time within the budget and schedule provided for the task.
  • Understands customer requirements and prepares designs in accordance with customer and derived requirements.
  • Prepares formal, controlled engineering documentation (i.e. drawings, specifications, parts lists, interface control documents, test procedures, etc.).
  • Prepares and presents design review material in support of technical interchange meetings with suppliers and external/internal customers.
  • Ensures customer satisfaction in relation to projects.
  • Supports system testing, trouble shooting, and problem resolution. 
  • Supports flight testing, data reduction, analysis, and reporting. 
  • Prepares test plans and reports.
  • Follows safety precautions.
  • Ensures that the work area and equipment are kept clean.
  • Complies with established QMS procedures.
  • Acts as the Lead Structural Analysis Engineer per procedure for very complex projects as assigned by Manager that affect multiple systems, involve several suppliers/teaming partners, and require frequent customer interface.
  • Acts as Test Director for Mechanical/Structures sub-assemblies and assemblies when necessary.
  • Prepares and presents design review and technical interchange material to customers.
  • Reports progress in meeting customer requirements periodically.
  • Mentors Level I-II Structural Analysis Engineers.
  • Provides direction and oversight, both technically and programmatically, to Mechanical/Structures Engineers.
  • Provides interface to other engineering design and development disciplines, ensuring that Mechanical/Structures requirements are addressed and satisfied during overall system integration.
  • Supports business development efforts both in preparation of quotes and proposals as well as sales efforts.
  • Monitors and reports on customer satisfaction in relation to projects.
  • Acts as the Lead Structural Analysis Engineer per procedure for very complex projects as assigned by Manager that affect multiple systems, involve several suppliers/teaming partners, and require frequent customer interface.
  • Acts as Test Director when necessary.
  • Prepares and presents design review material in support of technical interchange meetings with suppliers and external/internal customers.
  • Plans projects and executes to the plan with attention to detail.
  • Provides direction and oversight, both technically and programmatically, to Mechanical/Structures Engineers.
  • Provides interface to other engineering design and development disciplines, ensuring that Mechanical/Structures requirements are addressed and satisfied during overall system integration.
  • Manages the engineering team’s effort and time within the budget and schedule provided for the task.
  • Reports project status periodically (actual budget/schedule vs. proposed budget/schedule).
  • Reports progress in meeting customer requirements periodically.
  • Mentors Level I-III Structural Analysis Engineers.

Other Job Functions

  • Other duties may be assigned

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY:

No

Experience and Skills

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:

Required

Strength engineering experience in the Aerospace or Defense industry is required.

Proficiency with classical stress analysis techniques and finite element modeling for both loads and strength is required

Ability to maintain sensitive and confidential information as required by government standards

Ability to interact effectively with peers and supervisors

Ability to interact appropriately with the public when necessary

Ability to adhere to workplace rules

Ability to travel as necessary to perform job duties

Ability to effectively communicate professionally in writing or verbally with all levels of personnel

  • Demonstrated passion for customer satisfaction.

Preferred

Experience with Composite Materials modeling and analysis is strongly preferred

Experience with structural test design and finite element model correlation is strongly preferred.

Basic thermal analysis skills using hand calculations, network analysis and/or FEM is strongly preferred.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

Each successive level of Structural Analysis Engineer builds on the identified education and experience listed for the previous level(s) of Structural Analysis Engineer.

  • Requires BS degree in Engineering (Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering preferred).

6 + years related experience in related engineering discipline.

Minimum of 2 years experience with Hypermesh/Femap/Patran and Nastran is required. Experience with ANSYS or Abaqus may be substituted for 2 of the 3 years.

3+ years lead engineer experience in the aerospace industry.

  • Requires BS degree in Engineering (Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering preferred).

11 + years related experience in related engineering discipline.

2-3 years minimum experience with Hypermesh/Femap/Patran and Nastran is required. Experience with ANSYS or Abaqus may be substituted for 2 of the 3 years.

  • 6+ years lead engineer experience in the aerospace industry.

WORK ENVIRONMENT / PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

Office, manufacturing or field environments.

Office and or manufacturing environment

Ability to stand and sit for long periods of time

Ability to perform repetitive motion (computer usage)

Ability to lift up to 25 pounds

Frequent outside contact with customers and suppliers.

May travel to support new business development and customer maintenance.

May work extended hours or weekends and travel occasionally.

TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS:

5-10% may be required occasionally

Kratos is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer. EOE, Minorities, Females, Vet, Disabled, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity or any other protected class.
All qualified job seekers are encouraged to apply. Kratos is committed to America’s veterans by providing opportunities for them to continue contributing after service to our nation. We also work to provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities.
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