Propulsion Strength Analyst 3

Company Details

ULA is harnessing the potential of space for humanity. We are dreamers inspired by possibilities not yet imagined, believers driven to broaden horizons, and doers combining technology, innovation, expertise, ingenuity and a commitment to the extraordinary.

At ULA, success comes through the efforts of a strong, united team.

Thanks for your interest in United Launch Alliance, the world’s most experienced and reliable space launch company!

Successfully launching more than 130 consecutive missions doesn’t just happen. It’s credit to the commitment of our 2,500 team members and the systems and processes we use to pull them together.

As a ULA employee, you’ll have the opportunity to grow in your career while working in a team-oriented culture that combines technology, innovation, ingenuity and a commitment to the extraordinary.

Together, our unshakable unity yields stronger solutions and better results as we carry out our mission to save lives, explore the universe, and connect the world.

Our team is excited to meet you!

Your Role: What you’ll be doing

  • Job responsibilities include performing strength, fatigue and fracture analysis for propulsion and structural components, including some non-linear analysis for the CV Upper Stage Propulsion Upgrades IPT.
  • Candidate will be required to create analysis models, perform hand calculations and have an understanding of analysis best practices to provide strength inputs and recommendations for new designs and installations.
  • Candidate will be required to review and approve 3-D engineering layouts, 3-D models, designs / drawings and 2-D drawing changes for a variety of propulsion, fluid system, and mechanical system components.
  • Candidate will make engineering design recommendations with consideration of thermal, mechanical and pressure loading using appropriate material properties, configurations, safety factors, etc. Analysis results will be documented in strength reports.
  • Additionally the candidate will support internal peer reviews, table top reviews and formal design reviews as needed.
  • Will also need to support fast paced design/analysis cycles and be able to evaluate hardware non-conformances to support production activities.
  • Candidate will participate in internal/external design reviews, technical interchange meetings (TIMs), and may be expected to present analysis products at preliminary/critical design reviews (PDR/CDR).
  • The engineer must be able to work with a minimal level of mentor oversight.

Your Background: What education and experience you’ll need

Requires a bachelor’s degree and 4 – 8 years of experience.

Your Background: What skills you’ll need

  • Bachelor’s degree in an Engineering field is required.
  • Experience  with the following tools/software
    • NASTRAN (Static, Modal, Dynamic and Non-Linear Analysis Solutions)
    • FEMAP pre/post processor
    • NX CAD/Simulation
    • NASGRO fracture mechanics tool
    • Unix/Linux mainframe based analysis tools
    • MathCad
    • ABAQUS
    • Matlab
    • MS office (word, excel, ppt)
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively in a team environment are essential
  • General understanding of materials and material properties
  • Experience analyzing propulsion hardware (tubing, ducting, flex joints)
  • Experience analyzing structural components (machined primary/secondary structure)
  • Understanding of fatigue/fracture analysis tools and methodology
  • Understanding of bolted joint modeling and analysis
  • Understanding of GD&T standards and principles
  • Understanding of analysis best practices and underlying assumptions
  • Understanding of basic hand calculations
  • Strong communication skills
  • Experience running/creating analysis automation and pre/post processing scripts using the following tools is preferred:
    • Unix, Matlab, Python, Excel
  • Experience with static/dynamic testing and model correlation is preferred
  • Experience with structural optimization techniques for mass savings is preferred
  • Experience integrating with system level analysis models (coupled loads models) is preferred
  • General knowledge of fabrication methods for mechanical hardware, such as machining, welding, processing and assembly is preferred
  • General familiarity with mechanical support equipment is preferred
  • Familiarity with mechanisms analysis is preferred
  • Experience working with cross-functional teams is preferred

Relocation Available


About ULA: What makes us different

Because we understand launch success comes through the collective efforts of a team, we seek the best to join us. We value ethics, ingenuity, diversity and professional development for employees at all levels.

We offer our employees competitive pay and benefits including:

  • 401(k) match plus an additional employer contribution
  • Bonus potential
  • Generous paid time off
  • Flexible work environments

Additionally, most salaried ULA team members work a “9/80 schedule,” meaning they enjoy every other Friday off.

Benefits and work schedules may vary for union-represented hourly positions and are described in the applicable collective bargaining agreement.

Security Clearance / International Traffic In Arms Regulations (ITAR). This position requires use of information which is subject to the International Traffic In Arms Regulations (ITAR). Therefore, all applicants must be U.S. Persons as defined in ITAR 120.15 (e.g., U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident (Green Card holder) or protected individual. Also see 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(20) and 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3) for additional information).

ULA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other categories protected by law.

ULA is a participant in the federal E-Verify Program. Posters in PDF format pertaining to this program can be accessed by clicking on the links identified below. E-Verify Participation poster (English | Spanish ) and Right to Work poster ( English | Spanish ).

Interested in growing in your career with ULA?

Apply today. We look forward to learning more about you!

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