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Aeronautical Engineer – Flutter

Scaled is a composites company specializing in designing, building, and testing proof-of-concept aircraft. Scaled, the creator of landmark aircraft and spacecraft like Virgin’s GlobalFlyer, the Stratolaunch carrier, and Virgin Galactic’s WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo, is at the epicenter of experimental aviation. We are 650 exceptionally talented and creative people pursuing aerospace breakthroughs in Mojave, California. The challenge of conquering the never‐been‐done, the enthusiasm generated when concept comes to fruition, and the buzz you feel collaborating with creative people with common purpose is the unique Scaled environment that can be summed up in one word: fun.

The Flutter Engineer will be responsible for flutter analysis and ground/flight testing of prototype experimental aircraft in a fast-paced research and development environment. The work will focus on managing analysis and ground vibration testing, selection, and installation of flight test flutter instrumentation and exciters, and real time review of flight test data to allow progression through aircraft envelope expansion testing. This individual will support flight test planners in the development of test points for flutter flight testing. The flutter engineer is ultimately responsible for ensuring the safe progression of the vehicle through the flutter test envelope.

Duties and Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:
• Supervising flutter analysis efforts, typically as a subcontracted effort
• Supervising ground vibration test efforts, typically as a subcontract effort
• Selection of flight test instrumentation and flutter excitation devices, and specifying installation of such on the aircraft
• Writing the flutter test plan, including assisting flight operations with the development of build-up flight test speed/altitude points to demonstrate the aircraft can safely operate within the full design envelope
• Manning the control room during flight test flutter points and providing real time data analysis and go/no-go approval to proceed to the next test point
• Post test data reduction and analysis, and documenting the data and conclusions in a report
• Work on multiple projects at the same time

• Experience with ground vibration testing (GVT), correlation of GVT data with structural Finite Element models, and use of this model for flutter analysis
• Experience in flutter analysis, instrumentation, test techniques, and practices as applicable to aircraft flight testing and envelope expansion
• Ability to manage subcontract analysis efforts
• A minimum of five years of directly related aircraft work experience, preferably in the fields of flutter, aeroelastics, or structural dynamics
• Strong understanding of aircraft performance and flight testing
• Proficiency in 3D CAD, FEMAP, and Matlab
• Strong problem solving, organizational, and communication skills
• Strong team player
• Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical, Aerospace, or Mechanical Engineering from an accredited institution
• Ability to work in multiple engineering disciplines on an aggressive schedule
• Proof of U.S. citizenship and ability to obtain DOD clearance

• Proficiency in Catia V5 or SolidWorks
• Experience with composite airframe structural design and analysis
• Additional degrees or additional relevant work experience
• DoD secret clearance
• Rapid prototyping experience
• Aircraft homebuilding experience
• Pilot’s License

Essential job functions:
• Occasionally required to stand, walk and sit for prolonged periods of time
• Manual dexterity and coordination are required (e.g., to operate computer keyboard)
• Requires mobility (e.g., climb stairs, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl)
• Requires the ability to bend and reach
• Occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds
• Vision at close distances and the ability to adjust focus

Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Protected Vet and drug and alcohol free workplace

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