Airframe Structures Engineer, Systems Integration

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Airframe Structures Engineer, Systems Integration

Santa Cruz, California Contract Job ID: 2210159603
Estimated Duration: 6 months



PDS Tech is actively Looking for an Aircraft Airframe Structures Design Engineer for our eVToL client in Northern California
Catia v5/v6 - Design of composite/metallic brackets to integrate equipment and other aircraft systems
Must have 5+ yrs. composite and metallic component/structural design and analysis

 Contract with potential for Contract to Hire


  • B.S. in mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, or a relevant discipline Required
  • M.S./Ph.D. in relevant discipline Preferred
Our client is seeking a passionate individual with extensive composite experience to join their structures engineering team. In this role you will be responsible for the development & detailed design of structural airframe components. As an experienced engineer, you will also be responsible for providing guidance, technical knowledge, and strategic insight to fellow team members.
Being a part of the airframe structures team, you will be deeply involved in everything from preliminary concept work to actual production. For this role, you will have a strong understanding of CAD design, and the ability to do hand calculations and create detailed models. Further, you will work closely with many disciplines, including our structural analysis, manufacturing, and integration teams.
  • Expert understanding of static and structural hand-calculations
  • Design of composite/metallic brackets to integrate equipment and other aircraft systems
  • Perform initial layout and sizing
  • Fastener sizing, bond area sizing, riveting
  • Composite <-> metallic material compatibility, galvanic corrosion
  • Detailed drawing creation, GD&T
  • Background in composite ply definition desired
  • Experience with a variety of materials and comfort with relative mechanical properties across material families
  • Experience utilizing multiple manufacturing processes, such as subtractive, additive, carbon fiber composite lay-up, and injection molding
  • Direct communication with vendors and technicians in manufacturing
  • Provide guidance to junior engineers
  • Consult frequently with team leads


  • 5+ years of working experience in relevant industry
  • B.S. in mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, or a relevant discipline
  • Experience with composite and metallic component/structural design and analysis
  • Experience integrating systems in aircraft
  • Excellent problem solving and communication skills
  • Proficiency in composite structures design
  • Proficiency in CAD
  • Able to relocate permanently
  • US Citizen; Green Card; Visa candidates
  • M.S./Ph.D. in relevant discipline
  • 8+ years of working experience in relevant industry
  • Experience with Dassault Systemes/Catia CAD, specifically using the Composite Design Module
  • Experience in composites manufacturing
  • Experience with finite element tools (Abaqus)
  • Aircraft homebuilding or rapid prototyping experience is a plus
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PDS Tech Commercial, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, age, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, or other legally protected status.

Founded in 1977, PDS Tech, Inc. is one of the nation's premier specialty staffing firms with 31 offices nationwide. We offer a full range of benefits including:

  • Health insurance
  • Paid holidays
  • Weekly payroll
  • Immediate 401(k) eligibility
  • Completion Bonuses
  • Training
  • Please note availability of benefits may vary by position

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