Structural Analyst

Job Ref: 3265426cbc | Type: Permanent / Full Time

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About The Role

About Rocket Lab
Rocket Lab is the global leader in small satellite launch. Our mission is to open access to space to improve life on Earth. There are endless possibilities for what we can achieve with better access to space, and that access is now a reality thanks to Rocket Lab. Our team is 500 people strong and we’re adding to it every week. Collaboration is at our core - every idea is heard, and everyone makes a difference. Teams are nimble, decisions are made quickly, and we are action-oriented.

While other companies talk about it, we do it!
About the role
As a Structural Analyst in Rocket Lab’s Analysis team you will contribute to the analysis, design validation, and future improvements of subsystems on Rocket Lab’s suite of Launch Vehicles & Space Systems. Day to day, you will be expected to process flight data to determine the environments experienced by vehicle and satellite components, demonstrate positive margins against these environments through detailed analysis, and set the requirements to validate this analysis through test.
Essential skills
  • A degree in Mechanical Engineering or similar field
  • 2+ year’s industry experience, ideally from the Aerospace, Automotive or Marine industries
  • Demonstrated expertise with one or more industry standard structural FEA packages: ANSYS, Nastran, Abaqus, Optistruct/Hyperworks
  • Experience using NX CAD and Teamcenter packages (or comparable industry standard packages) with emphasis on model interrogation and defeaturing for subsequent analyses
  • The ability to work to deadlines within a high-pressure environment
  • Proven communication skills and the ability to build strong working relationships with colleagues  
Desirable experience
  • Vibroacoustic modelling/analysis.
  • Static and dynamic structural test methods, including: Model Correlation, Random Vibration, Shock testing
  • Accurate prediction of component life and structural margins, including: Ductile metal failure, Fatigue, Fracture
  • Experience with sensor selection and data processes/interpretation (accelerometers, strain gauges, thermocouples etc.)
  • Familiarity with manufacturing processes, including conventional machining, and additive manufacturing

As well as a being a career-defining role, working at Rocket Lab means being part of meaningful projects with world-leading experts.
Collaboration is at our core - every idea is heard, and everyone makes a difference.
We get things done. Our team is nimble, decisions are made quickly, and we are action oriented. While other companies talk about it, we do it. This means projects get the green light faster and ideas are put into practice rapidly.
Everyone works on the big stuff. This isn’t a huge aerospace company where you get lost in bureaucracy and end up a tiny cog in a giant machine. At Rocket Lab, your work directly impacts the success of each mission. Everyone’s voice is heard, and everyone can contribute major projects. This is your chance to play a pivotal role in developing space systems that change the way we access space.
Important Information
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.

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