Senior Structural Analysis & Test Engineer

    • Laurel, MD

Do you love to design, analyze and test spaceflight hardware?

Are you searching for meaningful work in aerospace?

Are you passionate about mechanical engineering?

Do you like contributing to challenging projects?

If so, we're looking for someone like you to join our team at APL.

We are seeking a Senior Structural Analysis & Test Engineer to help us build and test the next generation of spacecraft. As a member of our team, you'll contribute to cutting edge research and technology. You will be joining a hardworking team of mechanical engineers who design, analyze and test flight hardware. We are passionate about our work. Our team is committed to delivering the best solutions on time and budget. We strive to foster an environment of teamwork. Our team values leadership and communication skills.

As a Lead Structural Analyst...

  • Your primary responsibility will be as a Lead Structural Engineer of the project mechanical team supporting all functions related to the design, analysis and test of flight and ground support hardware for Space Department missions.
  • You will be performing structural analysis & test on active spaceflight hardware programs and proposals. Performing static and dynamic finite element analysis, kinematic analysis, static and dynamic load testing is about 50% of your job.
  • Specifically, you will perform finite element structural, dynamic and thermal-mechanical analysis for Space Department missions using the FEMAP pre and post processor and MSC-NASTRAN or ABAQUS analysis codes. When required, you will perform kinematic analysis using MSC-ADAMS, acoustic analysis, develop MathCad, MatLab and/or Excel spreadsheets. When required, you will perform hand stress analysis using standard references such as Roark and Bruhn. And, when required, you will perform hand vibration and dynamics analysis using standard references such as Steinberg and Thompson.
  • Additionally, developing and specifying design loads, environmental test specifications (vibration, acoustic, shock), and mass property requirements for the spacecraft, instruments, and spacecraft components will occupy around 25% of your time.
  • Around 15 % of your time will be supporting hardware integration, component and sub-system flight and non-flight vibration, static load and deployment testing. You will formulate and implement system level test plans and procedures. You will lead component, subsystem, and system level sine, random and acoustic vibration testing, shock testing, mass properties and spin balance testing. As Lead, you will review instrument and component analysis and test reports.
  • You presentation skills will be required about 10% of the time, to develop packages and present at subsystem and program-level design, test and other reviews
  • From time to time, you will assist in developing budgets, staffing, resource managements, test and development schedules. When issues arise, you will Interface with the in-house machine shop working manufacturing problems.
  • On rare occasions, you will work as a member of a proposal team, made up of diverse engineering specialties, in the generation of spaceflight proposals for various sponsors.

You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you...

  • Possess a BS in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent.
  • Have 7 years of experience working on aerospace or equivalent projects.
  • Demonstrate immediately the ability to lead a major flight subsystem through concept, design, analysis and test.
  • Demonstrate you work well as a member of a team with good communication/interpersonal skills.
  • Are experienced with NASTRAN and FEMAP analysis applications
  • Are willing and able to travel to present at design reviews and work a variable schedule during times of testing.
  • Are able to obtain a TS/SCI clearance. If selected, you will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.

You'll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you...

  • Have a MS or PHD in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering.
  • Have completed several aerospace projects from start to finish as Lead Mechanical Engineer/Analyst.
  • Demonstrated the ability to work closely with both the mechanical designer in all phases of the design and analysis process and with the technician during testing.
  • Have MARC or ABAQUS, MSC-ADAMS, Dytran or LS-Dyna experience.
  • Have experience in the selection of aerospace materials, including composites.
  • Have experience in the design, analysis and test of aerospace mechanisms and robotics.
  • Have the ability to read and understand mechanical drawings to ensure the drawings meet the design intent.
  • Are willing to manage and mentor junior analysts

Why work at APL?

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation's most critical defense, security, space and science challenges. With a wide selection of challenging, impactful work and a robust education assistance program, APL promotes a culture of life-long learning. Our employees enjoy generous benefits and healthy work/life balance. APL's campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at

APL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

APL brings research applications to life in the space science, asymmetric operations, force projection, and air and missile defense categories, pioneering solutions to push scientific boundaries.

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