Structural Technical Designer

Blue Origin   •  

Kent, WA

Industry: Aerospace & Defense


8 - 10 years

Posted 56 days ago


As part of a small, passionate and accomplished team of experts, you will lead a unique and highly skilled team in the design, development and testing of structural subsystems for launch vehicles and crew modules for various spaceflight systems. You will share in the team’s impact on all aspects of design, analysis, assembly, testing and flight operations. This position will directly impact the history of space exploration and will require your dedicated commitment and detailed attention towards safe and repeatable spaceflight.


  • Design, analysis, development and testing of primary and secondary airframe structures.
  • Provide technical guidance for integration and general Liaison Engineering support.
  • Coach, mentor and technically assist junior engineers.
  • Support configuration development and trade studies.
  • Early definition of interfaces and controlling documents, striking appropriate balance between timely definition and technical risk.
  • Develop system requirements, performing flow down, and verification.
  • Create and maintain a detailed/prioritized schedule of activity and work with assigned team members to deliver structural designs on schedule and on budget.
  • Work with the configuration and assembly teams to properly prioritize procurement activities by identifying long lead procurements.
  • Create drawings, specifications and other documentation.
  • Oversee fabrication and assembly services; procure components and materials; and manage vendor/subcontractor performance.
  • Plan and conduct tests, and review data.
  • Manage projects within a matrix organization.
  • Maintaining and reporting on activity schedule, budget and technical status.
  • Identify opportunities for safety improvements and operational cost savings.


  • Minimum of a B.S. degree in engineering.
  • 8+ years of experience with automotive, aircraft, spacecraft, or launch vehicle structures.
  • Experience on recently developed vehicles in one or more of the following areas: vehicle load path distribution and first order strength assessment and sizing.
  • Skin-stringer and sandwich panel fuselage design.
  • Shell buckling and/or compressive failure critical structural element design.
  • Material selection, compatibility and manufacturing techniques.
  • Iso/Ortho grid structure design.
  • Strong mechanical design and integration skills using 3D CAD software.
  • Experience with GD&T analysis (ASME Y14.5).
  • Familiar with ASME Y14.100 and Y14.41.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or national, U.S. permanent resident (current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum.


  • Experience with Creo (Pro/E) Wildfire 5 or greater, Windchill 10.
  • Experience with leanprocesses as applied to design efforts – Agile product development methods for hardware engineering would be highly desirable.
  • Expertise with analysis codes: Nastran, ANSYS, Optistruct, LS/Dyna.
  • Awareness of composite design and analysis matters.
  • Experience with rapid development techniques for hardware.
  • Knowledge of systems engineering practices, manufacturing fabrication and assembly processes, and quality control.
  • Experience with Optimization and DOE methods as applied to design, analysis, and testing.