Structural Analyst

Mountain View, CA
Cora – Airframe
Full-time
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 Structural Analyst to analyze and support the design of primary structural components for our aircraft.  You will work closely with designers and will be responsible for verifying and documenting structural design integrity and performance using classical and finite element simulations.  Additionally, you will be expected to support testing of materials, static and dynamic testing of aircraft structural components, and operational aircraft.

Within 3 months you will:

    • Get to know the team
    • Shadow design engineers, manufacturing engineers, technicians, and other analysts to become familiar with our aircraft and methods
    • Become functional in Altair Hypermesh, Optistruct, and Hyperview (Hyperworks)
    • Become functional in our CAD and PLM tools

Within 6 months you will:

    • Continue learning about the aircraft and subsystem assemblies
    • Become proficient in Altair Hyperworks
    • Take ownership of new design and analysis projects
    • Understand and apply loads sourced from internal loads documents and global FEA models
    • Work with design engineers to develop and improve part and assembly designs

Within 12 months you will:

    • Reach a high level of familiarity with the aircraft, design, and analysis methods
    • Document requirement verification (margins) on mature parts and assemblies
    • Support structural testing by documenting test plans and test reports

Required:

    • Bachelor's degree in relevant engineering discipline (Mechanical, Aerospace, Civil, or similar)
    • Strong understanding of engineering fundamentals:  statics, dynamics, structural mechanics, beam theory, and laminate theory
    • Familiar with commercial FEA software and methods such as Optistruct, Nastran, Abaqus, Ansys, etc.
    • Familiar with methods for analysis of composite structuresFamiliar with CAD software such as Solidworks, CATIA, NX, etc.
    • Experience as a self-starting member of a multidisciplinary team

Desired:

    • 5 or more years of experience as a structure analyst in aerospace, preferably in a fast paced R&D environment
    • Proficient in Altair Hypermesh and Optistruct
    • Experience in analytical methods typical for aerospace structures and joints
    • Experience with Matlab, Python, and other generalized pre- and post-processing scripting
    • Familiar with airplane aerodynamics, operations, systems, and loads
    • Experience working with design engineers to improve the manufacturability of a product (Design for Manufacturing)
    • Experience using Product Lifecycle Management software
    • Familiar with tools typical in a manufacturing environment
    • Composite part fabrication: prepreg layup, vacuum bagging, trimming, drilling, surface preparation, structural bonding, assembly
    • Familiar with drafting standards/GD&T and can interpret engineering drawings
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, gym membership subsidies, snacks, drinks, fruits, employee referral bonus, charitable giving match, IP bonus program, 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.