Sr. Aerospace Design Engineer

730 Lincoln Lake Ave Lowell MI 49331
Aerospace Engineering /

Interviews begin Sept. 2024
Portfolio Required
Successful Program Experience
In – Person
5+ Years of experience.

You will be responsible for performing the conceptual, preliminary, and detailed design analysis on continuously evolving aircraft according to mission requirements. You are expected to perform trade studies, loads analysis, operation analysis, design for manufacturing, and prepare flight testing programs on the aircraft that are designed. You will be working alongside the Mechanical, Electrical, and software teams during the design cycle.

Other duties of the Senior Aerospace Engineer:

    • Mentor junior engineers in the design, assembly, and validation of flight worthy hardware. Create and implement tools/documents to maximize design Team productivity.
    • Develop full designs, drawing packages, BOMs, and assembly instructions for assigned vehicle programs.
    • Lead the integration of designs and ensure that the systems meet the predetermined design requirements.
    • Manage the hardware and tool needs of the design team and provide recommendations for investment.
    • Support research efforts in conceptual-level mechanical design, analysis, and optimization, using scripting platforms like MatLAB/Simulink and Python.
    • Sign-off parts, assemblies, and drawings using Orb’s internal engineering control workflows, and PLM software.
    • Support requirements definition, conceptual/preliminary layout, and detailed analysis for vehicle systems.
    • Plan, perform and assist with lab, field, flight, and environmental testing.
    • Stay up to date on new technologies, aircraft configurations, materials, and manufacturing processes in support of ongoing and future programs and participate in the conception of novel aircraft mechanical systems and configurations.
    • Perform aerodynamic, structural, vibratory, and propulsive analysis, at several levels of fidelity to confirm designs match predetermined design requirements.
    • Perform trade studies from "first principles" and basic engineering fundamentals to drive a design from ideation to mass-manufacturing. 
    • Rapidly prototype and vet design concepts using handmade models, programming environments, spreadsheets, and CAD software.

Required Skills:

    • Aircraft / Rotorcraft Configuration and Engineering
    • Conceptual Design and Analysis
    • CAD Modeling
    • Airframe Design
    • Flight Testing
    • Siemens NX / Team Center
    • Python/MATLAB/C++

Desired Skills:

    • Masters or Ph.D in relevant discipline 
    • 10+ years of work experience in relevant industry 
    • Project management experience
    • Experience with the design of lightweight structures, heavily loaded structures, and actuators, including COTS hardware selection and implementation.
    • Experience designing aircraft flight hardware and/or ground support equipment.
    • Hands on machine shop skills using CNCs, 3D printers, lathe, mill, welder, and other machine shop equipment.
    • Demonstrated understanding of industry design and documentation standards including, but not limited to GD&T, ASME, ASTM, ISO, etc.
    • Performed ground vibration/acoustic/flutter analysis on aircraft structures.
    • Experience with aircraft FAA certification processes
    • Familiarity with Siemens NX/TeamCenter/Fibersim.
    • Experimental Aircraft homebuilding is a plus!

Ideal Attributes:

    • Organized
    • Humble
    • Self-starter
    • Excellent communicator capable of pitching the company.
    • Motivated to learn new skills.
    • Passionate about Orb’s mission.
    • Interest in Aviation.
    • Wide knowledge base across disciplines
$80,000 - $120,000 a year
Most engineers come to Orb to join an early team with unprecedented freedom to build the world's largest humanitarian air force. We have a healthy standard equity rate that vests after one year.
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