Structural Engineer

Los Angeles, California

ABL's Structural Engineers design, analyze, and test the propellant and pressurant tanks, thrust structures, and fairings that make the backbone of the rocket.

Great Structures Engineers know how to design not only an efficient structure capable of withstanding the environments and loads required of a rocket, but also one that is a piece within a larger system that is easy to manufacture.


Perform design and analysis of vehicle primary and secondary structures, considering manufacturing and operational constraints

Develop, analyze and review data to validate and verify the structural design meets specifications and design requirements

  • ‍Perform modeling and simulation tasks to validate system design and performance
  • ‍Perform structural integration, checkout and troubleshooting of anomalies
  • Develop test plans and procedures while leading the execution of development and qualification testing

Develop production methodology and support initial builds

Design and build test hardware and production tooling

Near Term Responsibilities
Medium-Term Growth Path
Basic Qualifications

B.S. in any engineering discipline from an accredited university

One of the following experience bases:

  • ‍2+ years of industry experience in a production, integration & test, or design role
  • Hands-on extracurricular projects or internships/co-ops
Preferred Skills and Experience

Demonstrated ability utilizing CAD design software (e.g. NX, CATIA, CREO/PRO-E)

Demonstrated analysis capability using hand-calcs as well as finite element analysis (e.g. ANSYS, ABAQUS, NASTRAN)

Knowledge of the design, analysis, fabrication, and test of metallic structures

Strong drafting and Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing (GD&T) skills

Aerospace hardware design and development

Writing and executing test procedures for complex hardware operations

Technical writing and communication including test plans and design reviews

Additional Requirements

The Structural Engineer must be willing to travel to launch and test sites to support integration and test work, especially on first-article products.

What We Look For

Beyond technical prowess, ABL focuses on the following candidate characteristics. Tangible examples are the best way to highlight these during the evaluation process.

1. Critical thinking: ABL engineers understand the "why" behind all design decisions, operational events and test outcomes.  

2. Ability to deal with ambiguity: there is no roadmap and ABL engineers must be comfortable defining their own pathway to an objective. 

3. End-to-end ownership: projects are delivered fully complete and ready for flight; there is no one to pick up the slack of partially complete work. 

ITAR Requirement

This position requires access to information protected under US export control laws, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations and/or the Export Administration Regulations.  As such, US person status (including US citizens, permanent residents, asylees, and refugees) is a required qualification for this position.


We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, genetics, or citizenship status (when otherwise legally authorized to work and access export-controlled data) and will not be discriminated against on the basis of such characteristics or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. We encourage applicants of all ages.

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