Sr. Structures Engineer

Whisper Aero

Whisper Aero

Crossville, TN, USA
Posted on Saturday, April 22, 2023
Location: Nashville, TN

About the Role

Whisper Aero is a next-generation, air propulsion company that delivers thrust more cleanly, efficiently, and quietly than ever before.

This role will be focused on structural design, analysis and optimization of components and systems. They will drive key structural design decisions and work closely with our Structures Lead, Chief Engineer, and hardware team regularly. In this role you will work with the team to identify high level needs for future propulsors and test equipment and then develop concepts to address these needs.

Individually, you will be responsible for doing first principles analysis, finite element analysis, and structural sizing. As part of a team, you will participate in and present during reviews, provide feedback to the design and flight sciences teams, and other related tasks as needed.
The successful candidate will be someone who has a solid track record of designing, analyzing, and producing flight weight hardware and will bring a can-do attitude to the most challenging problems.

What You’ll Do

Use finite element analysis and classical methods to evaluate for strength, deflection, vibration, fatigue life, and damage tolerance.
Finite element analyses of engine components and complete assemblies using best modeling practices.
Perform structural configuration layouts and sizing of future design propulsor and platform concepts employing metallic, composite, and thermoplastic materials to minimize flight weight while maintaining structural integrity.
Support static, modal and dynamic testing for flight projects, study tasks & proposals.
Provide structural engineering knowledge to project personnel and contractors through all phases of the project from early system level configuration studies through critical design review (CDR), manufacturing, assembly, and finally verification and validation through static, dynamic, and modal testing.
Develop structural analysis and test verification requirement plan.
Coordinate with other disciplines in support of design configuration trades, constraints, and decisions.
Continuously evaluate new configurations and design improvements to minimize flight weight while maintaining structural integrity.
Develop allowables from novel materials
Author analysis tools for designers to use in sizing new parts (scripts, spreadsheets, etc...)
Provide support to manufacturing in dispositioning non-conforming hardware
Provide support to customers for issues that arise in application
Write technical reports that are accurate and comprehensive to be peer-reviewed by other team members.

Basic Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Civil Engineering or related technical discipline with typically a minimum of 9 years of related experience; Masters degree in similar disciplines with a minimum of 7 years of related experience; or PhD in similar disciplines with a minimum of 5 years related experience.
Full understanding of statics, solid mechanics, and free-body diagrams to perform classical hand-calculation methods
Experience with finite element modeling with NX/Nastran, ANSYS, Abaqus, or others
Experience with a 3D CAD package such as Solidworks, NX, CATIA V5, or Fusion 360
Basic understanding of metallic and composite materials manufacturing (e.g., forming, machining, injection molding, lamination theory, fabrication and assembly processes, etc.)
Familiarity with Python, Julia, VBA, or Matlab
Strong technical, written, and verbal communication skills
Experience in a fast-paced design environment

Bonus Qualifications

Experience with aero-elastics, structural dynamics, and rotordynamics
Experience with rotor blade structural analysis and optimization
Experience with HyperX (Formerly HyperSizer)
Experience with electric machines and motors
Experience with composite layup definition and optimization
Demonstrated hands on experience with at least one of the following: CNC machining, composites, 3D printing, prototyping, mechanical assembly
Familiarity with data management, revision and version control: Git
Pilot experience and/or aircraft maintenance experience
Cross-disciplinary interests are strongly encouraged

Application Process

Identify a role that’s a solid fit. We realize that perfect fits are hard to find, so if something doesn’t exactly line up, but you believe you could be the one, you should still consider applying.
Read through our values. We want every one of our team members to be a culture add. This means sharing our core values and the way we work.
Prepare your application. If you’ve found a job fit AND think you’ll be a culture add, we’d love to hear from you.
with the following subject line
[name_of_the_role] first_name last_name for Whisper Aero
ex. [CFD Engineer] Jane Doe for Whisper Aero
Attach reference materials
• Resumé
• Portfolio of prior work
• Links to your LinkedIn, website, and/or Github repo