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Sr. Structural Engineer at Sierra Space

Sr. Structural Engineer

Sierra Space Louisville, CO Full Time
If you like solving problems and working with complex materials and systems, join our amazing team! As a Structural Engineer, you will be using your skills and expertise to design, evaluate, and certify our cutting edge products and services. 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 examine complex metallic and composite structures and systems. Your technical duties involve the design and development of new products and processes 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.  [ Link removed ] - Click here to apply to Sr. Structural Engineer

Primary Responsibilities Include:

  • Provide technical leadership and mentorship to a team of structural engineers

  • Support the development of primary and secondary flight structures for the Dream Chaser Cargo System through structural analysis, using both finite element methods and hand calculations.

  • Proficiency with FEMAP/NASTRAN analysis tools and methods

  • Familiarity with fiber reinforced polymer composites analysis including classical laminate theory and finite element modeling techniques is required.  

  • The analysts will work with test engineers to develop full-scale test conditions that successfully envelop flight conditions for critical failure modes.

  • Originate specifications, control documents, verification and validation plans, procedures, reports, or other documentation in support of design and development activities

  • Prepare material for, and conduct, periodic design reviews

  • Execute engineering design and development activities consistent with Customer quality, cost, and schedule requirements

  • Static test analysis and test correlation

  • Laminate optimization

  • Dynamic loads analysis

  • Development and application of spacecraft and aircraft loads and environments


  • Bachelor's of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Civil Engineering or other related discipline and typically 10 or more years of relevant experience

  • Thorough understanding of engineering principles and practices

  • Experience with Computer Aided Engineering tools

  • Ability to work in multi-disciplinary design and development teams

  • Advanced knowledge of Static and/or Dynamic Analyses

  • Familiarity with progressive failure analysis and damage tolerance

  • Familiarity with NASA and/or FAA structural analysis standards


  • Experience in Engineering Simulation using Finite Element structural analysis (FEA) tools such as MSC Patran, Nastran, FEMAP, or ANSYS

  • Experience performing fatigue and damage tolerance analysis utilizing tools such as NASGRO or AFGROW

  • Ability to perform classical analysis using industry standard hand calculation methods

  • Knowledge of industry-standard mechanical design principles, to include, but not limited to parametric design, model-based definition, material hardware selection, manufacturing and production processes

  • Ability to author substantiation reports

  • Background in the Aerospace and Defense Industry

  • The ability to obtain and maintain a Security Clearance may be required. [ Link removed ] - Click here to apply to Sr. Structural Engineer


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 [ Link removed ] - Click here to apply to Sr. Structural Engineer to learn more about Sierra Space, its business areas, capabilities, programs, products and services.

Estimated Starting Salary Range: $117,040.88 - $160,931.20

Sierra Space offers annual incentive pay based upon performance that is commensurate with the level of the position.

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 [ Link removed ] - Click here to apply to Sr. Structural Engineer.

Sierra Space Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer

– Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran, or any other protected status

pursuant to applicable local, state or federal law, ordinance or regulation.


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