Structural Engineer

United Kingdom
Posted 4 weeks ago
Job CategoryMechanical Engineering

Our client is recruiting a motivated Spacecraft Structural Engineer to join their team and to be part of their exciting mission.


  • Contribute to the development of spacecraft.
  • Consider customer and internal requirements, objectives, and commercial constraints (cost, schedule), whilst doing so.
  • Conceive Initial structural architectures and layouts.
  • Perform initial sizing analysis (structural analysis including FEM; Finite Element Modelling).
  • Work with systems engineers and other subsystems teams to arrive at structural design solutions which satisfy the mission and subsystem requirements.
  • Perform detailed FEM analysis and design to ensure that spacecraft structures accommodate spacecraft equipment, subsystems, and payloads within their environmental qualification limits.
  • Generate structural development and verification plans and procedures to describe how compliance to requirements will be demonstrated, including writing mechanical test, measurement, and alignment plans.
  • Work with launch service providers to agree on demonstration of compliance with launch vehicle requirements and environments, where necessary.
  • Support mechanical aspects of system integration, such as producing spacecraft top assembly drawings, and spacecraft mass property management, etc.
  • Act as a subject domain reviewer on company projects.

Essential Skills

  • An understanding of spacecraft structural design, including an understanding of major load types experienced by spacecraft during a mission lifecycle (quasi-static loading, vibration, acoustic, shock).
  • 3+ years of experience as a Structural Engineer in the space industry.
  • Experience of leading an end to end development cycle of a small to medium-sized spacecraft (over 50kg in mass).
  • Experience of working with and designing solutions with a variety of structural materials, including metallic alloys and composites.
  • A strong grounding in mechanical engineering principles with a relevant academic qualification.
  • Experience of working in a project team in a close and cooperative manner, to generate spacecraft solutions which meet overall mission and project requirements.
  • Experienced user of Finite Element Modelling and analysis tools.
  • Proactive team working approach.
  • Ability to manage and take responsibility for delivery of own work, within agreed project budgets and schedules

Desirable skills

  • Able to generate 3D designs and layouts using CAD modelling tools
  • Working knowledge of other related disciplines (MCAD, propulsion systems, space mechanisms, thermal subsystems)
  • A working understanding of spacecraft systems

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