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Aircraft Loads Engineer

Scaled is a composites company specializing in designing, building, and testing proof-of-concept aircraft. Scaled, being 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.

Job Summary:
The Loads Engineer will be responsible for determination of aircraft flight and ground loads in a static and dynamic environments. This work will be in support of design, build, and test of a prototype experimental aircraft in a fast-paced research and development environment. The work will span conceptual to detail design of structure & systems and flight test support.

Duties and Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:
• Define and validate aircraft flight and ground loads.
• Create load cases based on system failure analysis
• Compare & reduce load sets through sound enveloping criteria (generating cross-plots/envelopes)
• Post process dynamic loads output and develop equivalent static load cases
• Cross check loads used for detailed structure sizing against global aircraft external loads
• Participate in the engineering review, approval, and release process.
• Review vehicle operations, procedures, envelopes and limits to ensure flight and test team compliance with design requirements
• Supporting ground and flight test planning, test execution, and aircraft modifications
• Working on multiple projects at the same time

Required:
• Experience creating & evaluating aircraft load sets
• Experience with FAR Part 25/23, MIL, or EASA equivalent
• Firm understanding of shear and bending moment diagrams
• Skilled in Microsoft Office & Matlab type tools
• Strong problem solving, organizational, and communication skills, both written and verbal
• Strong team player
• Ability to work in multiple engineering disciplines on an aggressive schedule
• A minimum of three years of directly related work experience
• Bachelor of Science degree in a relevant engineering discipline from an accredited institution
• Proof of U.S. Citizenship

Desired:
• Experience in aircraft structural design & analysis a plus
• Proficiency in 3D Computer Aided Design (Catia V5 or Solidworks)
• Proficiency in FEMAP or other finite element analysis software
• Aircraft homebuilding experience or other hands-on design or build experience
• Pilot’s License
• DOD Secret Clearance
• Additional degrees or additional relevant work experience

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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