Airframe Stress Analyst I

Location: Cambridge, MA
Job Code: 1910
# of openings: 3


Job Qualifications: 

Aurora Flight Sciences is a world leader in the development of highly autonomous aircraft. Our mission is to apply autonomy and robotics to the development, production, and operation of advanced aircraft. We aim to change the way we travel.  
Aurora frequently achieves what others cannot due to a combination of experience, persistence, collaboration, and a culture of innovation. Projects are ambitious, risky, and fast paced. We apply breakthrough technologies to create a new state of the art, rather than advancing the old one. This is your chance to make history with us. We are seeking experts and explorers across the lifecycle of vehicle development. Cross-disciplinary interests are strongly desired; we love people that combine world-class expertise with a diverse background and interesting hobbies. 

This is an Entry Level stress analyst position in the Structures Research and Technology group.  Working closely with the senior level stress analysts, the successful candidate will serve as a member of the group supporting preliminary and detailed stress analysis of primary and secondary airframe structure, systems, and equipment resulting from applied and induced loads. Primary product lines for design activities will be unmanned aerial vehicles, modification of existing aircraft structures, and design-to-build activities for commercial and military aircraft for both composite and metallic constructions. 

The ideal candidate for the Airframe Stress Analyst I will possess the following skills and experience: 

  • Requires a basic understanding of composite and metallic materials (e.g., lamination theory, fabrication and assembly processes, etc.) and able to apply the principles of Structural Mechanics and Statics.
  • Able to generate free body diagrams for both determinate and indeterminate structures, determine reaction forces, calculate internal loads, and develop shear and moment diagrams.
  • Able to apply basic aerospace industry standard classical analysis techniques for both composite and metallic structures and identify typical failure modes associated with airframe primary and secondary structures.
  • Demonstrate a fundamental knowledge and understanding of finite element modeling idealization and good modeling practices using NASTRAN, ANSYS, ABACUS or other FEA packages.
  • Experience with CATIA V5 or Unigraphics and good computer skills including working knowledge of Microsoft Office.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including strong interpersonal and communication skills in dealing with program management and customers.
  • Experience with commercial finite element software (NASTRAN, ABAQUS, FEMAP, Ansys) 

 Specific Responsibilities:

  • Support research efforts, specifically in conceptual-level structures design, analysis, and optimization.
  • Perform research into technologies, designs, materials, processes, etc. in support of ongoing and future programs, particularly in the areas of structures design and analysis of next-generation vehicle concepts and multidisciplinary and multi-fidelity design optimization.
  • Work under close supervision of senior analysts, provide day-to-day stress support to airframe designers as their design progresses.
  • Prepare stress analysis as the design matures and organize all analyses into formal stress analysis reports. 
  • Participate in design review meetings and mark up models/drawings ready for release.
  • Signoff on models/drawings for “Stress” to demonstrate their compliance with program requirements for structural integrity.
  • Assist the senior analysts in preparing for technical interchange meetings and technical program reviews. 
  • May participate in material review board (MRB) and provide stress support for design changes, repairs and rework involving structure.

Minimum Requirements: 

  • 4-year engineering degree from an accredited university (BS in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering or similar) 
  • 0-3 years of applicable experience with a Master’s degree or 2-5 years of applicable experience with a Bachelor’s degree
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills • Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Willingness to relocate to Aurora facilities 

 Physical Requirements:

Occasional travel to headquarters (Manassas, VA) 


Aurora Flight Sciences is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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