Launch Vehicle Mechanical Analysis Engineer

Requisition ID: 43844

All Locations: El Segundo, CA (California)

A trusted partner. A national resource. A leader in national security space. We are THE Aerospace Corporation. A team that takes pride in our readiness to solve some of the most complex technical challenges in existence. With challenges spanning government to commercial, you'll have the unique opportunity to work on projects that are literally evolving our nation's space and launch capabilities. We all share a common passion and aspiration - to serve a mission much bigger than ourselves. When you join our team, you'll be part of a rare collection of thought leaders and game-changing innovators. Are you ready to launch your career?


The Mechanical System Department is a diverse team that focuses on assuring the integrity and reliability of moving mechanical assemblies (MMAs), ordnance driven devices and other explosive applications. Actuation of the mechanism, bearing endurance, or the physics behind a high-energy reaction are non-traditional, complex problems evaluated through tribal knowledge and unique analysis tools. MSD members utilize advanced modeling tools and develop internal analysis programs to provide the most effective technical and programmatic mission assurance activities on satellite, launch vehicle and related systems.

Key Functions

  • Performs design, analyses, modeling and independent review of space, launch and reentry vehicles and other mechanical subsystems
  • Support hardware integration and test activities associated with space moving mechanical assemblies (MMAs)
  • Review and evaluate mechanisms test plans, test data, analyses, and results
  • Provide technical support in technical exchange meetings, design reviews, and hardware acceptance reviews
  • Develop solutions to technical problems in mechanical engineering, chemical physics and other ordnance and material related fields
  • Use existing tools or develop new tools to assess mechanical or explosive component design
  • Prepare reports and deliver oral presentations as needed
  • Some travel required


  • Master's of Science degree in Physics, Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering or a related engineering or science field
  • 0-1 year of industry related experience
  • Experience in solving complex mechanical engineering problems
  • Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint on PC and/or Mac
  • Experience multitasking effectively, independently and in a team environment
  • This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance, which is issued by the U.S. government. U.S. citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance.

  • Experience in design, analysis, and testing of space MMAs, explosive-driven components, and other explosive applications
  • Experience analyzing engineering systems to quantify design robustness based on physical justifications
  • Experience accessing the design and actuation of valves
  • Experience with hydrocode analysis tools such as CTH, LS-DYNA, ADAMS, Cheetah
  • Experience in material science and chemistry pertaining to MMAs
  • Initiative, creativity, decision-making ability
  • Current Secret clearance with the ability to obtain a TS/SCI security clearance

Transcript Requirement

Transcripts are required for this position.

Additional Requisition Details

Clearance Requirement: Secret

Access: None

Polygraph: None

Relocation Available: [[relo]]

Employment Type: Regular

Work Schedule: Full Time

Company Statement

The Aerospace Corporation has provided independent technical and scientific research, development, and advisory services to national security space programs since 1960. We operate a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) for the United States Air Force and the National Reconnaissance Office, and support all national security space programs. We also apply more than 50 years of experience with space systems to provide critical solutions to technologically complex systems in such areas as communications, shipping, law enforcement, and cyber, among others.

From our inception, our highly skilled technical staff has focused on ensuring the success of every mission and developing the most effective and economic space-related hardware and software in the world. Our greatest asset is the technical expertise of our people. Our state-of-the-art laboratory facilities are staffed by some of the leading scientists in the world.

All Aerospace employees working in organizations with technical responsibilities are required to apply for and maintain at least a Secret clearance. U.S. citizenship is required for those positions.

Equal Opportunity Commitment

The Aerospace Corporation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. We believe that a diverse workforce creates an environment in which unique ideas are developed and differing perspectives are valued, producing superior customer solutions. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, color, religion,genetic information, marital status, ancestry, national origin, protected veteran status, physical disability, medical condition, mental disability, or disability status and any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. If you're an individual with a disability or a disabled veteran who needs assistance using our online job search and application tools or need reasonable accommodation to complete the job application process, please contact us by phone at 310.336.5432 or by email You can also reviewThe Equal Employment Opportunity is the Lawposter andthe supplement, as well as thePay Transparency Policy Statement.

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