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PDS Tech Inc Structures Engineering Lead in Mojave, California

The scope of the position includes:

  • Provide engineering expertise in the area of design, development, and test of spacecraft structures

  • Work across programs, with a focus on the XL-1 lunar lander for the 2022 south pole mission. Other projects may include technology development and testing programs and VTVL terrestrial testbed flights in support of the lunar mission.

  • Coordinate with other divisions in the company to develop a full and complete structures solution for various projects

  • Provide mentorship and guidance to less experienced technical team members

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Design structural components to meet requirements including expected loads and sufficient factors of safety

  • Conduct static and dynamic analyses appropriate to the design maturity

  • Provide technical leadership to a small team of engineers

  • Assist in developing structural tests, conducting the tests, and reviewing test data

  • Provide analysis and test data to other team members

  • Develop fabrication procedures and instructions

  • Provide technical guidance to fabricators and other technicians

Desired Skills/Experience:

  • Innovative and open to helping create a Cislunar economy - passionate about space

  • Understands what is needed for high-quality spaceflight systems - and also what is not needed.

  • Experience with FEA tools

  • Experience in the life cycle of spacecraft development: design, build, and test.

  • 10+ years experience in aerospace engineering

  • 8+ years in structures design and/or test for spacecraft or aircraft

  • Experience with startups or new space companies

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in a technical field

  • Excellent communications skills

  • Strong work ethic and intrinsic motivation

  • Hands-on fabrication experience

  • Must be able to adapt and thrive in a dynamic highly technical environment

  • Will have a large impact on many programs, especially the lunar mission

Professional Requirements

  • Must be a “U.S. person” as defined by the ITAR (22 CFR §120.15)

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.