Senior Structural Engineer

Los Angeles, California

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

In addition to being individual contributors with exceptional design and analytical skills, Senior Structural Engineers guide the team along a path to a cohesive structural design that is robust, and easy to manufacture and integrate.


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

  • Gather, define, and document requirements to support structure design and development
  • Develop structural design while leading trades to meet vehicle level mass budgeting requirements while creating solutions that are easily manufactured and maintained

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

Partner with GNC engineers and loads team to iterate between structural and GNC limits working towards system level optimum of the primary structure capability

Work with loads and dynamics teams to define static, dynamic and modal analysis

Develop factors of safety for ground and flight loads

  • Interpret design and test factors found in industry standards including NASA- STD-5001 and SMC-S-016
  • Understand and create strategies where it makes sense to carry "No-Test" factors and how to test where that is not possible

Manage key vendor interfaces and requirements, including key characteristics and quality inspections

Near Term Responsibilities
Medium-Term Growth Path
Basic Qualifications

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

6+ years of industry experience in a production, integration & test, or design role

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 Senior 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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