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Structural Analysis Engineer III

Company: Sierra Space
Location: Madison
Posted on: October 13, 2021

Job Description:

Do you enjoy designing and developing innovative solutions to solve tough problems? Join our team to deliver technological solutions in a rapid and agile production environment.

Our Structural Analysis Engineers, internally titled Mechanical Engineer III, analyze and certify cutting edge products. These cover a very wide range from advanced mission payloads and electronic systems through highly integrated aircraft to orbital and space exploration systems. You'll support design optimization, testing, and flight delivery of complex mechanical structures and systems and your technical duties include the analysis of new products throughout the product lifecycle.

A subsidiary of Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), Sierra Space builds and delivers the future of space transportation, destinations and infrastructure, offering “space-as-a-service” in support of the new space economy. Leveraging breakthrough technologies including the Dream Chaser® spaceplane, also known as America’s Spaceplane®, and expandable LIFE™ habitat, Sierra Space offers turnkey solutions that are modular, reusable and scalable. Sierra Space brings life to space, and space to life. Learn more about Sierra Space



  • Bachelor's of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or related discipline and typically 6 or more years of relevant experience

  • Practical knowledge of engineering principles and practices

  • Familiarity with Computer Aided Engineering tools

  • Familiarity working in multi-disciplinary design and development teams

  • Candidate must be highly motivated

  • Good communication skills


  • A minimum of 6 years of experience in Finite Element Analysis (FEA)

  • Experience in Engineering Simulation such as Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Thermal Analysis

  • Experience performing hand calculations to solve simple analysis problems

  • Working experience performing non-linear FEA

  • Working experience with composite structures

  • Working experience with transient, coupled, thermal stress analysis for propulsion devices

  • Experience with fatigue spectrum development for coupled loads environments, with knowledge of low- and high-cycle fatigue methods

  • Working knowledge of NASA-STD-5009 fracture requirements and damage tolerance analysis

  • Working experience performing NASA-STD-5020 fastened joint calculations

  • Working experience with bimetallic welded joint analysis

  • Experience with model grounding, test instrumentation, and test data reduction

  • Understanding of applying and interpreting Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) per ASME Y14.5

  • Background in the Aerospace and Defense Industry

  • Masters and/or Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering or Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis on structural analysis


To conform to U.S. Government international trade regulations, applicant must be a U.S. Citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State or U.S. Department of Commerce.

With 30+ years of proven spaceflight heritage, Sierra Space has provided more than 4,000 space systems, subsystems and components to customers worldwide, and participated in more than 500 missions to space, including to Mars. The company has technology in production and in development to enable space habitats for short- and long-duration space travel, a fleet of Dream Chaser spaceplanes, and the first free-flying commercial space station.  Please visit to learn more about Sierra Space, its business areas, capabilities, programs, products and services.

Sierra Space offers a generous benefit package, including medical, dental, and vision plans, 401(k) with 150% match up to 8%, life insurance, 3 weeks paid time off, tuition reimbursement, and more.

At Sierra Space, our mission is to dream, innovate, inspire and empower the next generation to transform humanity through technology and imagination. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we welcome our employees to bring their whole selves to their work. Sierra Space is committed to fostering an inclusive, accepting, and diverse environment free of discrimination on the basis of race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran. Contributions to Sierra Space come in many shapes and styles, and we believe diversity in our workforce fosters new and greater ways to dream, innovate, and inspire.

Keywords: Sierra Space, Madison , Structural Analysis Engineer III, Other , Madison, Wisconsin

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