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Jr. Mass Properties Engineer

Job ID 2090 Date posted 12/18/2018
Location Manassas VA
Job Description

Job Qualifications:

Aurora Flight Sciences is a world leader in the development of highly autonomous aircraft.  Our mission is to apply autonomy and robotics to the development, production, and operation of advanced aircraft.  We aim to change the way we travel.

We frequently achieve what others can’t due to a combination of experience, persistence, collaboration, and a culture of innovation.  Projects are ambitious and risky. We apply breakthrough technologies to create a new state of the art, rather than advancing the old one.  

This is your chance to make history with us.  We are seeking experts and explorers across the lifecycle of vehicle development.  Cross-disciplinary interests are strongly desired; we love people that combine world-class expertise with a diverse background and interesting hobbies.

We are seeking a junior mass modeling engineer to join the Mass Modeling group in Aurora’s Flight Physics division. The group supports aircraft development efforts throughout their lifecycle.


Specific Responsibilities:

  • Allocate, estimate and manage mass properties requirements, margins and weight growth allowances throughout the entire product lifecycle

  • Verify that the hardware meets requirements and that the mass properties model is an accurate representation of the air vehicle

  • Generate aircraft distributed mass profiles (cg and moments of inertia) from design data, or appropriate empirical methods when design data is not available

  • Verify component, subsystem, and system mass properties data by interfacing with members of the design, stress, integration, and test team

  • Interface with design IPT members to review and direct mass model updates

  • Plan, develop, and execute weight and balance testing to measure center of gravity and moment of inertia

  • Manage payload and ballast configurations to maintain appropriate weight and center of gravity

  • Development of system requirements, flowdown, and verification

  • Maintain mass properties records

  • Provide mass model reporting during weekly and monthly reviews with the customer


Minimum Requirements (education and experience):

  • BS in mechanical, aerospace, or related engineering field from an accredited university

  • Experience with using standard CAD packages (CATIA preferred)

  • Experience manipulating data using programing languages such as MATLAB, VB, Python, C++, JAVA, or other languages

  • Ability to solve a variety of complex problems using analytical methods, simulation, and hands-on experimental testing

  • Extensive computer skills including the Microsoft Office suite

  • Strong English written and verbal communication skills

  • Demonstrated success in a highly collaborative environment

  • Must have excellent organizational and interpersonal skills, with a positive attitude

  • Ability to support multiple activities with competing priorities and deadlines

  • Must be a US Citizen or Legal US Permanent Resident


Highly Desired Qualifications:

  • MS in mechanical, aerospace, or related engineering field from an accredited university or equivalent combination of education and work experience

  • Experience with aircraft design and specific subsystems including propulsion, structures, electronics, and ground support equipment

  • Knowledge of systems engineering practices, fabrication and integration processes, and quality control

  • Experience in creating, developing, and improving mass properties tool chains that interface with a CAD toolset

  • Familiarity with Society of Allied Weight Engineers (SAWE) best practices, guidelines, and procedures



Aurora Flight Sciences is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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