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Loads and Dynamics Engineer

Axiom Space

Axiom Space

Other Engineering
Webster, TX, USA
Posted on Friday, April 12, 2024

Axiom Space is building for beyond, guided by the vision of a thriving home in space that benefits every human, everywhere. The leading provider of human spaceflight services and developer of human-rated space infrastructure, Axiom Space operates end-to-end missions to the International Space Station today while developing its successor, Axiom Station – a permanent commercial destination in low-Earth orbit that will sustain human growth off the planet and bring untold benefits back home.

Axiom Space fosters a diverse environment inclusive of all perspectives. We are the pioneers of commercial space, leading the transformation of low-Earth orbit into a global space marketplace. Our mission-driven team is seeking a bold and dynamic Loads and Dynamics Engineer who is fueled by problem-solving, continuously curious, and driven to understand our world, science/technology, and life itself, for the benefit of all on Earth and beyond.

SUMMARY: Our team is looking for an energetic and dynamic Loads and Dynamics Engineer who will primarily be responsible for performing comprehensive loads analysis of spaceflight hardware during all phases of production and flight. This position reports to the Structural Analysis Manager. This role is onsite and will be based at our ASTC facility.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Work in a collaborative engineering team environment to produce spacecraft structures for a commercial human spaceflight module.
  • Conduct comprehensive loads analysis to determine the external forces and moments acting on space vehicles during all phases of flight.
  • Perform dynamic loading analysis of spaceflight hardware for transportation/handling, launch, and on-orbit environments.
  • Create finite element models of spacecraft structures and systems.
  • Perform modal, frequency response, random vibration, transient and shock analysis.
  • Develop and document scripts for postprocessing analysis results
  • Uses appropriate analysis techniques, simplifications, assumptions, and experience-based judgments, to solve complex problems.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, or related field required
  • 10+ years of experience in loads and dynamics engineering, or similar role
  • Proficient with Simcenter/NASTRAN finite element modeling software or equivalent
  • Experience with modal, vibration and shock testing, from writing test plans, execution, and interpretation of results
  • Experience with coupled loads analysis on launch vehicles
  • Proficient with MATLAB, Python, or equivalent
  • Experience with space launch vehicle environments preferred
  • Spaceflight hardware analysis background preferred
  • Experience with Atlassian suite preferred

Essential Functions

Work Environment: Generally, an office environment, but can involve inside or outside work depending on the task.

Requirements

  • Must be able to complete a U.S. government background investigation.
  • Management has the prerogative to select at any level for which the position is advertised.
  • Proof of U.S. Citizenship or US Permanent Residency is a requirement for this position.

Physical Requirements

  • Work may involve sitting or standing for extended periods (90% of the time). May require lifting and carrying up to 25 lbs. (5% of the time).
  • Equipment and Machines
  • Standard office equipment (PC, telephone, printer, etc.).

Skills

  • Excellent interpersonal skill
  • Excellent communication skill, verbal and written
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Result oriented personality with a creative approach to problem solving
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Self-motivated

Competencies: To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Ethics - Treats people with respect; keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; works with integrity and principles; upholds organizational values
  • Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving situations; uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics
  • Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; supports organization's goals and values; benefits organization through outside activities; supports affirmative action and respects diversity
  • Communications - Expresses ideas and thoughts verbally; expresses ideas and thoughts in written form; exhibits good listening and comprehension; keeps others adequately informed; selects and uses appropriate communication methods
  • Cost Consciousness - Works within approved budget; develops and implements cost saving measures; contributes to profits and revenue; conserves organizational resources
  • Teamwork - Eager and able to work in a collaborative and cross-disciplinary fashion in a fast-paced, dynamic, and deadline-oriented environment

Axiom Space is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Axiom Space does not discriminate on the basis of race, regional color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.