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Senior Loads and Dynamic Engineer

Company: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Location: Pasadena
Posted on: August 12, 2019

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Job ID: 9975

New ideas are all around us, but only a few will change the world. That's our focus at JPL. We ask the biggest questions, then search the universe for answers-literally. We build upon ideas that have guided generations, then share our discoveries to inspire generations to come. Your mission-your opportunity-is to seek out the answers that bring us one step closer. If you're driven to discover, create, and inspire something that lasts a lifetime and beyond, you're ready for JPL.

Located in Pasadena, California, JPL has a campus-like environment situated on 177 acres in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and offers a work environment unlike any other: we inspire passion, foster innovation, build collaboration, and reward excellence.Save




This unique opportunity is part of the Mechanical Systems Engineering, Fabrication and Test Division which engages in research, technology development, and the creation of advanced mechanical, thermal, propulsion, and electronic packaging systems with expertise that spans the full breath of mechanical disciplines and is applied from architectural concept development through operations.As the Structural Engineer you will be working for JPL's Spacecraft Mechanical Engineering Section, which is responsible for the architecture of mechanical engineering designs and solutions that enable unprecedented missions and science acquisition. You will work with a team that leads the development of mission enabling technology and end-to-end mechanical systems for all JPL projects and missions.

  • Perform structural dynamic and loads analyses, multi-body dynamic simulations, and modal testing for flight projects, study tasks & proposals.
  • Prepare and maintain structural dynamic requirements and verification plan.
  • Provide extensive dynamics engineering knowledge to projects and interface with project personnel and contractors such as project stress leads, system and cognizant engineers, dynamics & control, and dynamic environments.
  • Collaborate with other structural engineers and dynamists on assigned projects and other team members to verify compliance with requirements and customer expectations.
  • Contribute to the team's performance including executing technical work, budget and schedule.


    Required Skills:

    • Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Civil Engineering or related technical discipline with typically a minimum of 9 years of related experience; Masters degree in similar disciplines with a minimum of 7 years of related experience; or PhD in similar disciplines with a minimum of 5 years related experience.
    • Wide-ranging experience and advanced knowledge in structural dynamic analyses techniques including analytical techniques and numerical simulation tools.
    • Extensive knowledge of structural dynamics and static equivalent loading as well as sine & random vibration analyses, separation analyses & rigid body dynamic simulations.
    • Extensive knowledge of Loads generation (launch, entry, touch down, parachute, separation, etc) and generation of Craig-Bampton and/or superelement model in conjunction with Coupled Load Analysis.
    • Extensive knowledge of verification requirements for structural analyses combined with experience performing spacecraft level modal and dynamic testing.
    • Strong ability to work system tasks, and adept at communicating with multiple interfaces.
    • Proven ability to work in a team environment.
    • Good communication (oral, written, presentation), interpersonal, negotiation and organizational skills.

      Desired Skills:

      • Working knowledge of NASTRAN & Superelement, ADAMS, MATLAB, PYTHON, FEMAP, LS-DYNA, and ABAQUS
      • Experience in modal testing and pre & post analyses.
      • Experience providing structural analysis, requirements specification, and test support to space flight projects.

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        JPL is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer and will, whenever possible, actively recruit and include for employment members of underrepresented minority groups, females, disabled veterans, protected veterans, and otherwise qualified persons with disabilities. JPL will hire, transfer, and promote based on the qualifications of the individual to ensure equal consideration and fair treatment of all.

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        The Jet Propulsion Laboratory is a federal facility. Due to rules imposed by NASA, JPL will not accept applications from citizens of designated countries unless they are Legal Permanent Residents of the U.S or have other protected status under 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3). The Designated Countries List is available at

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        Written requests may be mailed to: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Attention: Staffing and Employment Programs, 4800 Oak Grove Drive, Mail Stop T1720C, Pasadena, CA 91109







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