Coupled Loads Analysis Engineer

Job Ref: 2698242 | Type: Permanent / Full Time

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About The Role

About The Role
Rocket Lab is looking for a structural engineer to join our expanding team of engineers working on the Electron Launch Vehicle.   This is an opportunity to be part of the most exciting engineering project currently being undertaken in New Zealand.

Rocket Lab’s launch cadence will rapidly increase over the coming years, reaching 50-100 launches per year, which will increase the amount of mission and customer related structural analyses. Therefore, we are looking for an experienced coupled loads analysis (CLA) engineer. 
Minimum Requirements 
  • 3+ years’ relevant experience
  • Demonstrated expertise with one or more industry standard structural FEA packages: ANSYS, Abaqus, Nastran, Optistruct/Hyperworks
  • Demonstrate expertise in coupled loads analyses (CLA) from a launch provider or customer perspective, and show familiarity with Craig-Bampton method and superelements
  • Demonstrated expertise in modelling and accurately predicting structural load cases relevant to launch operations, e.g. events that include ignition, hold‐down release, and engine shut‐down transients; in‐flight dynamics driven by aerodynamic loading and thrust vector control actuations; steady state structure‐borne vibration from transportation and flight loads; and high frequency excitations from shock and acoustics
  • Ability to present CLA results in a structured and concise manner
  • Experience with mechanical systems in a relevant field (e.g. aerospace, automotive, marine)
Desirable Skills 
  • Experience using Solidworks CAD and PDM packages (or comparable industry standard packages) with emphasis on model interrogation and defeaturing for subsequent analyses
  • Experience in structural analysis of composites
  • Experience with vibroacoustic modelling/analysis
  • Familiarity with industry standards (e.g. MIL-STD-1540, GSFC-STD-7000, ECSS-E-HB-32, NASA-STD-5001)
  • Experience with static and dynamic structural test methods (strain gauges, accelerometers, experimental modal analysis, shaker table testing)
Additionally, you must be able to travel to the New Zealand facility for training and/or production support as necessary. Frequency of such trips are dependent on specific role but generally do not exceed five per year and three weeks at a time. The role will otherwise be based in Huntington Beach, California.

About Rocket Lab
Founded in June 2006 as a center for advanced space systems, Rocket Lab’s goal is to remove the commercial barriers to space. In support of this, Rocket Lab is developing the Electron orbital launch vehicle. Electron is a small launch vehicle capable of lifting a 150 kg payload to a 500 km sun-synchronous orbit.
Rocket Lab is rapidly scaling in size to meet the high demand from customers. The company is expanding globally and is currently growing the team based at Rocket Lab’s Los Angeles Headquarters. Rocket Lab believes in giving highly-skilled engineers ownership of complex aerospace programs from start to finish, creating a workforce of empowered and motivated individuals utilizing cutting-edge technologies to redefining how the world accesses space.
Important Information:

To conform to US Government space technology export regulations, applicants must be a US citizen, lawful permanent resident of the US, protected individual as defined by 8 USC 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorization from the US Department of State.

Rocket Lab USA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, employment with Rocket Lab USA is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.

For security reasons background checks will be undertaken prior to any employment offers being made to an applicant.  These checks will include nationality checks as it is a requirement of this position that you be eligible to access equipment and data regulated by the United States’ International Traffic in Arms Regulations.  Under these Regulations, you may be ineligible for this role if you do not hold citizenship of Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, the European Union or a country that is part of NATO, or if you hold ineligible dual citizenship or nationality. For more information on these Regulations, click here.

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