Structural Analyst

Job Ref: 25020072 | Type: Permanent / Full Time

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About The Role

Rocket Lab is looking for an experienced Structural Analyst to join their expanding team of engineers working on the Electron Launch Vehicle.   This is an opportunity to see your work get fired in to space, with Electron’s test launch program fast approaching this is an amazing time for everyone involved in what has to be the most the most exciting engineering project currently being undertaken in New Zealand.


Working within our Analysis team you will be play an important role in the ongoing development of Electron.


Key duties include

  • Perform, validate, and document structural analyses of primary and secondary launch vehicle structures, include finite element model verification and validation, material selection, performance trade-off studies & mass optimization
  • Perform dynamic simulations (modal, random vibration, transient).
  • Post-process and interpret static and dynamic ground test and flight data.
  • Conduct peer reviews of analyses.
  • Work closely with design and test engineers to iterate through design concepts, determine test requirements, and demonstrate positive structural margins.

Essential Skills required for the Structural Analyst Position

  • Demonstrated expertise with one or more industry standard structural FEA packages: ANSYS, Abaqus, Nastran, Optistruct/Hyperworks.
  • Demonstrated expertise in accurate prediction of component life and structural margins, including ductile metal failure, composite failure, fatigue, fracture and Linear and non-linear buckling (particularly shell buckling)
  • Experience using Solidworks CAD and PDM packages (or comparable industry standard packages) with emphasis on model interrogation and defeaturing for subsequent analyses.
  • Familiarity with manufacturing processes, including conventional machining, additive manufacturing, and composites (prepreg autoclave and OOA).
  • Experience with mechanical systems in a relevant field (e.g. aerospace, automotive, marine).
Desirable skills 
  • Demonstrated expertise with one or more industry standard CFD packages: Fluent, CFX, STAR-CCM+.
  • Experience in structural analysis of composites (laminate design, joint design, materials characterization, environmental effects).
  • Familiarity with non-linear material simulation, including metal plasticity, elastomers, and adhesive joints.
  • 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).




Role Requirements

  • Be part of the team working on the Electron Launch Vehicle
  • See your work fired into Space!

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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