Composites Design Engineer

Mountain View, CA
Cora – Airframe
Here at Kitty Hawk, where a century of aviation practices meets technology breakthroughs and a world-class engineering team, things are looking up. In 1903, the Wright brothers took flight for the first time from the beaches of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Our journey started by designing, testing and building all-electric vertical take-off and landing products for work and play. Today, in California, we are building on the Wright Brothers’ legacy to create the next generation of vehicles for everyday flight.

Cora began as a dream. A self-piloting air taxi so personal and so simple it could take the trips we make everyday, the ones that define our lives, and bring them to the sky. We’ve been at work on Cora since 2010, tackling some of the biggest challenges in aviation. Today, that dream is one step closer. Join us in making that dream a reality.

We are seeking a Mechanical Design Engineer to help design composite primary structural components of our aircraft.  You will work closely with structural analysts and manufacturing engineers and will be responsible for verifying producibility, adherence to composite design practices, and assembly operations.  Additionally, you will support full scale static and dynamic testing of aircraft structures.

Within 3 months you will:

    • Get to know the team
    • Shadow design engineers, manufacturing engineers, technicians, and other analysts to become familiar with the aircraft
    • Become fluent in our CAD and PLM tools

Within 6 months you will:

    • Continue learning about the aircraft and subsystem assemblies
    • Take ownership of new design projects
    • Work with technicians and manufacturing engineers to develop manufacturing processes, tooling, procedures, quality control points, inspection plans, etc.

Within 12 months you will:

    • Reach a high level of familiarity with the aircraft and subassemblies like wings, fuselage, empennage, and the equipment carried within
    • Continuously improve manufacturability and performance
    • Efficiently incorporate design changes into manufacturing plans and procedures


    • Bachelor's degree in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering
    • Strong understanding of Mechanical Engineering fundamentals (statics, dynamics, structural mechanics)
    • Familiar with CAD software such as Solidworks, CATIA, NX, or similar
    • Familiar with drafting standards, including GD&T and can interpret or create engineering drawings
    • Experience working with other engineers to improve the manufacturability of a product (Design for Manufacturing) while controlling cost and weight
    • Familiar with hand and shop tools

Desired Experience:

    • Master’s degree in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering
    • 5 years of experience as a Mechanical Engineer in an Aerospace (or similar) production environment, preferably in either a fast paced R&D environment or a high-volume operation
    • Design and analysis of lightweight composite and metallic parts
    • Creation of engineering drawings (composite and metallic)
    • Design of composite structures (wet lay, prepreg, and structural bonding)
    • Composite part fabrication: prepreg layup, vacuum bagging, trimming, drilling, surface preparation, structural bonding
    • Design of layup and assembly tooling
    • Testing components and full scale assemblies
    • Familiar with commercial FEA software such as Optistruct, Nastran,  Abaqus, Ansys, etc
    • Familiarity with a wide variety of electronic and electromechanical technologies
    • Experience using Product Lifecycle Management software

We are located in Mountain View just a couple of hundred feet from Shoreline Lake and its surrounding walking/jogging trails. We offer a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision and life insurance (company pays 100% of employee premium), unlimited PTO days, 10 company holidays, a 401(k) plan with 50% company matching (no vesting period), commuter assistance, and education assistance. And on top of all that, we also offer a variety of perks such as free catered lunches, flight lessons, snacks, drinks, fruits, employee referral bonus, IP bonus program, afternoon chocolate, happy hours and many more.

Kitty Hawk provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Kitty Hawk abides by applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Kitty Hawk is an E-Verify employer.