Job ID: BDH20161011-37265
With projected annual revenues in of nearly $4.5 billion, approximately 12,000 employees, and operations in about 20 states, Orbital ATK is a company on the move. Our mission is to ensure that our customers accomplish their mission — whether it’s a technological breakthrough, a satellite launch, or protecting our nation. The company is the world’s leading supplier of solid rocket motors, a leading provider of launch vehicles, satellites and other space systems, and the nation’s largest manufacturer of ammunition.
The Orbital ATK Space Systems Group is one of the world’s preeminent satellite builders and advanced space systems providers, offering a broad portfolio of products for commercial, military, scientific and international customers. The group designs, manufactures and operates small- to medium-class satellites for communications, imaging, science and national security space applications.
United in pride and shared goals, Orbital ATK employees come from diverse backgrounds and work together to deliver reliable, innovative and affordable solutions. Work with the best and unleash your potential.
If you are a dynamic, successful, driven professional, Orbital ATK is the company that will further your experience and career growth. We offer a highly competitive salary, comprehensive benefits including, medical, dental, 401k, tuition reimbursement, and much more.
The position is available at the Orbital ATK facility in Goleta CA, part of the Orbital ATK Space Component Division, which specializes in deployable systems for spacecraft such as solar arrays, instrument booms, and various extendible support structures.
As a Structures and Mechanisms Analysis Engineer at Orbital ATK – Goleta you will be responsible for the evaluation of deployable structures and mechanisms at the cutting edge of space technology. You will have a key role in product development from concept trades through the detailed definition and validation (analysis and test) phases.
• Develop and analyze structures and mechanical joints for moving mechanical assemblies such as solar arrays, booms, and other support structures and mechanisms for satellite subsystems.
• Develop, refine, and validate deployable systems, subsystems, and components utilizing broad analytical skills, such as hand calculations and finite element analyses, or other modeling tools as needed (e.g. motion simulation, Mathcad).
• Perform detailed 3D analysis of components under all launch and on-orbit environmental conditions affecting structural stress such as random and sine vibration, quasi-static loading, acoustic environments, and shock with evaluation involving modal, buckling, stability, and other non-linear analysis, plus deployment mechanics, thermal distortions/interferences/loadings, torque margins, and fatigue and crack growth.
• Document analysis results and develop input to test plans and procedures.
• Participate and present in internal and external (customer) design reviews.
• Strive for the highest possible structural performance that is also cost effective and assures complete reliability.
• Manage and track multiple priorities while maintaining a focus towards common project goals of the program team, matrix organization, and customers.
• Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Mechanical, Astronautical, or Aerospace)
• Professional experience and expertise in FEA and closed-form analysis
• Strong communication skills, oral and written.
• Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment.
• Ability to multitask and organize/prioritize job assignments in a fast-paced and gated-release engineering development environment.
Preferred Skills and Experience
• Master’s Degree in applicable area.
• Demonstrable problem solving skills with hands-on project experience.
• Candidate has mechanical design knowledge applicable to structures, mechanisms, and material properties.
• Significant experience with FEA analysis, preferably ANSYS or NASTRAN, for analysis of structural designs.
• Spacecraft/aerospace materials experience in metals and high performance composites (e.g. Gr/CE tubes and honeycomb panel constructions).
• Significant direct Analysis Engineering experience in the spacecraft or aerospace industry, with key project responsibilities.
• Self-motivated with excellent technical communication skills.
• Ability to work independently as well as in an integrated team and adapt to change and dynamic requirements.
• Strong communication and analytical skills and discipline with the ability to organize and prioritize job assignments and tasks.
• Proficiency with computer aided design (CAD) software, preferably PTC Creo Parametric 2/3 and working knowledge of PTC Mathcad plus Creo Simulate (Mechanica) or MSC ADAMS.
• Working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint…).
• ITAR Requirements: To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.
• This position may be filled at a lower level with BS in Engineering and 2 years of applicable experience or a MS in Engineering.
Orbital ATK is applying entrepreneurial thinking and commercial practices to deliver reliable, innovative and affordable products and services to our customers and grow our core areas while harnessing new technologies that will take our products – and your ideas – into the future. When encouraged to think beyond the ordinary, you’ll be amazed at what you can do!
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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