Senior Structural Analyst

Location: New Zealand
Type: Permanent
Start Date: Immediate

Fantastic opportunity for an experienced Structural Analysis Engineer to join our Client’s team and work on one of the most exciting space projects in New Zealand.

As Senior Structural Analyst, you will lead the analysis team and play an important role in managing the team’s output as well as performing analysis on key structural components.

Key Duties
• Perform, validate and document structural analyses of primary and secondary launch vehicle structures, including Finite Element Model verification and validation, Material selection, Performance trade-off studies and Mass optimisation
• Perform dynamic simulations (modal, random vibration & transient)
• Post-process and interpret static & dynamic ground test and flight data
• Conduct reviews of analyses
• Team management
• Work closely with Design and Test Engineers to iterate through design concepts, determine test requirements and demonstrate positive structural margins

Required Skills
• 7+ years’ experience
• Demonstrated expertise with one or more industry standard structural FEA packages: ANSYS, Abaqus, Nastran, Optistruct/Hyperworks
• Demonstrated expertise in accurate prediction of component life and structural margins, including Ductile metal failure, Composite failure, Fatigue, Fracture, Linear and non-linear buckling (particularly shell buckling)
• Experience using Solidworks CAD and PDM packages (or comparable industry standard packages) with emphasis on model interrogation and defeaturing for subsequent analyses
• Familiarity with manufacturing processes, including conventional machining, additive manufacturing, and composites (prepreg autoclave and Out-Of-Autoclave - OOA)
• Experience with mechanical systems in a relevant field (e.g. aerospace, automotive and marine)

Preferred Skills
• Previous team management experience
• Demonstrated expertise with one or more industry standard CFD packages: Fluent, CFX, STAR-CCM+
• Experience in structural analysis of composites (laminate design, joint design, materials characterization and environmental effects)
• Familiarity with non-linear material simulation, including metal plasticity, elastomers and adhesive joints
• Experience with vibro-acoustic modelling/analysis
• Familiarity with industry standards (e.g. MIL-STD-1540, GSFC-STD-7000, ECSS-E-HB-32 & NASA-STD-5001)
• Experience with static and dynamic structural test methods (strain gauges, accelerometers, experimental modal analysis and shaker table testing)

Important Information:
For security reasons background checks will be undertaken prior to any employment offers being made to an applicant. These checks will include nationality checks as it is a requirement of this position that you be eligible to access equipment and data regulated by the United States’ International Traffic in Arms Regulations. Under these Regulations, you may be ineligible for this role if you do not hold citizenship of Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, the European Union or a country that is part of NATO, or if you hold ineligible dual citizenship or nationality.

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