Senior Structure & Payload Design Engineer

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Senior Structure & Payload Design Engineer

Manassas, Virginia Contract Job ID: 2110140008
Estimated Duration: 6 months


PDS Tech is seeking a Structure & Payload Design Engineer for an open position in Manassas VA.

This is a Senior Level design position in the Aerostructures Engineering Division.  Under general direction of engineering management, the candidate for this position will support design of various crewed and un-crewed vehicles across commercial and military aircraft, rotorcraft, and spacecraft.

General responsibilities include:
  • Leading and coordinating the design activities of a team of 5-15 engineers within an assigned project.
  • Establishing and communicating clear task expectations.
  • Employing efficient integration of both composite and metallic constructions.
  • Solving complex structural problems by using both demonstrated and novel methods, materials, and systems.

Additional activities will involve design support, coordination, and integration of mechanical system components/routings and electrical/avionics systems component installations into air vehicles.  There will be opportunities for hands-on experience with manufacturing, assembly, and testing.

The ideal candidate will
  • Develop, integrate and document structural and interior payload system requirements to establish the system design.
  • Develop, maintain and modify structural and interior payload system and component designs, using 3-D Computer Aided Design tools and/or other design methods, to provide product definition to other engineering groups, production operations, suppliers and external customers throughout the product lifecycle.
  • Lead performance, integration and analysis of tests to validate and verify systems and components meet requirements and specifications.
  • Manage supplier development, test and production activities and coordinates with the supplier to optimize the design and achieve program goals.
  • Assist with investigation of emerging technologies to develop concepts for future product designs to meet projected requirements.
  • Work under minimal direction.

Desirable Qualifications:
  • Strong technical background including familiarity with industry standards for the manufacture, repair and assembly of composite components for aerospace.
  • Significant experience with engineering and manufacturing development and production of structural parts and assemblies utilizing composite materials.
  • Experience with the composite part detail process, including composites stacking sequence, lamination theory, honeycomb core, bonded assemblies, manufacturing assembly and fabrication processes, post-cure machining operations.
  • Experience with prototype and/or rate part production with exposure to tool design, manufacturing planning and hands on fabrication.
  • Knowledge of GD&T per ASME Y14.5 along with tolerance analysis capabilities.
  • Experience in application ASME Y14.41 methods for Model Based Definition using CATIA V5 FTA (Functional Tolerancing and Annotations) is desired.
  • Experience with CATIA V5 CPD (Composite Part Design) and/or FiberSIM is desired.
  • Ability to create and maintain parametric product geometry models is desired.
  • Cross-disciplinary interests are strongly desired; we love people that combine world-class expertise with a diverse background, hands on experience, and interesting hobbies!

Minimum Requirements (education and experience):
  • Must be a US Citizen, Green Card Holder or Permanent Resident
  • BS in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering
  • 10+ years’ experience in aerospace
  • Significant experience with CATIA V5 w/ a focus on Generative Surface Design, Part Design and Assembly. Experience in Unigraphics or Siemens NX will be considered based on supporting background.
  • Familiar with industry standards for the manufacture, repair and assembly of composite components for aerospace.
  • Experience with StarTeam, or other product data management such as Enovia LCA or PDM.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office 365 (Excel, Word and PowerPoint)
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English, both orally and written.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.

Physical Requirements:
Ability to maneuver around equipment in test labs and on aircraft and work in a manufacturing facility supporting all elements of composite and metal manufacturing.

More Details

PDS Tech, 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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