Structural Analysis/DaDT Engineer

Vehicles & GSE


As part of a small team, you’ll develop and implement fatigue and damage tolerance best practices and processes for space launch vehicle primary structures. This is a hands-on position involving all aspects of fatigue and damage tolerance analysis and test throughout design, assembly, vehicle testing, and flight operations.


  • Detailed fatigue and damage tolerance analysis of primary and secondary airframe structures
  • Supporting configuration development and trade studies
  • Improving enterprise analysis capabilities such as creating process automation tools for model creation, strength checks, and analysis report generation
  • Mentoring designers and junior structural analysts in fatigue and damage tolerance best practices
  • Maintain and report on activity schedule, budget and technical status


  • Minimum of a B.S. degree in engineering and 8+ years of experience with aircraft, spacecraft, launch vehicle structures, or automobiles;
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien 
  • Demonstrated experience on launch vehicles, aircraft, or autos in several of the following areas:
    • Vehicle load path definition and strength analysis
    • Analysis experience in conventional aircraft DaDT methods, crack growth assessment (hand calculations, NASGRO, VCCT, etc.), failsafe/safe-life approaches, residual strength, flight load spectra and aircraft repair servicing
    • Applied experience in fracture testing: sub- and full-scale fatigue testing, coupon testing, damage inspection
    • Experience in damage tolerance NDE/NDI/repair and failure theories in non-metallic materials such as sandwich structures, carbon fiber laminate, bonded structures, etc.
  • Demonstrated expertise with one or more of the following analysis codes: Nastran, Ansys, Abaqus, LS-Dyna, Optistruct


  • Demonstrated process automation experience using scripting languages is highly desired (VBA, Matlab, Python, FORTRAN, etc.)
  • Familiarity with classical aerospace sizing methods (Bruhn, Niu, Roark, etc.)
  • Composite design and analysis skills in any thermoset, thermoplastic, metal matrix or ceramic matrix composites


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