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Composite Design 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 Composite Design Engineer will design, build, and test prototype composite experimental aircraft in a fast-paced research and development environment. The work will span preliminary design, part and assembly design, system design, manufacturing support, and flight test support. Typically, this work includes design and manufacture of the wing, fuselage, empennage, control surface structures, fairings, doors, and their integration into the overall vehicle.

Duties and Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:
• Conceptual design, structural layout, sizing, and detail design
• Ability to understand and design for primary and secondary load paths
• Stress analysis using classical and finite element methods
• Laminate analysis and sizing
• 3D and 2D definition of parts, assemblies and installations
• Establishing manufacturing tolerances for production of structural components using GD&T
• Generation of fabrication and assembly work instructions
• Hands-on manufacturing and assembly support
• Supporting ground and flight test planning, test execution, and aircraft modifications
• Supporting the review of manufacturing plans and procedures to ensure compliance with design requirements
• Supporting the creation of structural test plans
• Working on multiple projects at the same time

• Foundation knowledge of aircraft load paths and structural sizing
• An expert understanding of the theory and practical application of composite structures and their application to aircraft
• A strong understanding of composite manufacturing and assembly
• Strong problem solving, organizational, and communication skills, both written and verbal
• Strong team player
• Proficiency in 3D Computer Aided Design
• Ability to work in multiple engineering disciplines on an aggressive schedule
• A minimum of three years of directly related work experience
• Bachelor of Science in a relevant engineering discipline from an accredited institution or substantial equivalent experience
• Proof of U.S. Citizenship and the ability to obtain a DOD security clearance

• Proficiency in Catia V5, Solidworks, or NX
• 2D drawing creation
• Proficiency in FEMAP or other finite element analysis software
• Rapid prototyping experience
• 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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