Senior Space Structures Engineer

Requisition ID: 46008

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 Structures Department is responsible for evaluating the structural integrity of National Security Space hardware, both spacecraft and launch vehicles as well as civil and commercial systems. Members of the department have a strong foundation in solid mechanics, practical experience in structural analysis using both hand calculations and finite element analysis techniques, a passion for the space industry, and a desire to apply their expertise to help solve a variety of technical challenges. The Space Stuctures Section is responsible for assessing the structural integrity of space vehicle hardware including requirements definitions, design review and assessment, simulation and analysis, test planning and monitoring, review of as-built hardware, and support of anomaly investigations.

Key Functions

  • Support all phases of a Space Structure lifecycle:
    • Evaluate concepts for advanced space systems and critically assess detailed designs,
    • Provide technically sound independent assessments to assure the structural integrity and survivability of space structures, confirm that structural requirements are satisfied, and evaluate and assess all risks
    • Resolve design, test, and manufacturing issues/anomalies/challenges via detailed structural analyses of space vehicle structures
  • Conduct Independent Analysis
    • Conduct specialized technical studies to assure the integrity and stability of launch vehicle and space structures subjected to static, dynamic, and thermal loads
    • Independently analyze structural capabilities and margins, and identify structural requirements
  • Maintain state-of-the-art skills in activities related to requirements, design, evaluation, and testing of space structures
  • Initiates development of advanced analytical techniques, concepts, design criteria and/or testing in the area of spacecraft structures
  • Communicate with line management, inter-organizational personnel, program office points of contact, and customer contacts to scope, plan, and resolve technical issues
  • Conduct specialized technical studies and provide timely findings and recommendations to line management and customers via documentation (technical briefings and reports)
  • Supports multiple programs and/or activities and frequently acts as point-of-contact for technical activities.
  • Coordinate data requirements and findings with staff experts in other disciplines
  • Serve as a mentor for developing staff by providing technical guidance and insight
  • May lead project teams within the department


  • Advanced engineering degree in structural analysis with at least five years of professional or educational exprience
  • Working knowledge of finite element modeling (FEM)
    • Theory
    • Strengths and weaknesses of linear and non-linear FEM and commercial finite element software tools
  • Capability to develop advanced structural analysis and test techniques.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, customers, and contractor personnel
  • Experience giving technical presentations and writing technical reports
  • Exhibit high levels of innovation, creativity, and initiative
  • Some travel required
  • 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.

  • 5 or more years of increasingly responsible and related engineering/scientific experience
  • A Current TS/SCI clearance
  • Advanced degree related to structural mechanics
  • Specialized experience with opto-mechanical assemblies
    • Design
    • Performing Structural-Thermal-OPtical (STOP) analyses
  • Proficiency in hand calculations and using NASTRAN, Abaqus, or other commercial finite element software
  • Significant experience in structural mechanics and in one of more of the following areas:
    • Deployable Structures
    • Failure investigations
      • Must possess strong desire to identify and verify root cause of structural failures
    • Composite Structure Failure Criteria and Analysis Methodologies
    • Bonded Joint Analysis and Testing
    • Structural Testing and Analysis (Static, sine-burst, random vibe)
    • P lasticity
  • Recognized subject matter expert in broad spacecraft structures field

Transcript Requirement

Transcripts are required for this position.

Additional Requisition Details

Clearance Requirement: TS/SSBI

Access: None

Polygraph: Counter Intelligence Polygraph

Relocation Available: Yes

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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