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Conceptual Aircraft Design Engineer

Job Qualifications:

Aurora Flight Sciences is currently seeking a mid-level engineer to join the  Advanced Concepts Group of the Cambridge Research and Technology Center.  In this role, the candidate will pursue advanced research in aerodynamics, modelling and multi-disciplinary optimization in a fast-paced development environment and contribute to the maturation of unconventional aircraft configurations for both commercial and military applications. The candidate will be expected to conceive and evaluate clean-sheet concepts making use of a variety of enabling technologies, and support these programs from preliminary design through fabrication and flight test.  

 

The successful candidate will possess a varied, multi-disciplinary background and a willingness to accept multiple roles in a variety of technical areas, as required by active programs.  The successful candidate will also have significant experience with aircraft conceptual design, selection and use of analysis tools across a range of modelling fidelities and the use of optimization in design.

 

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Support research efforts in conceptual-level aerodynamic design, analysis, and optimization, including multi-disciplinary and multi-fidelity design
  • Investigate evolving technologies, materials and manufacturing processes in support of ongoing and future programs and conceive novel aircraft configurations leveraging developments in these areas
  • Perform trade studies on systems and components of advanced concepts and existing platforms
  • Support requirements definition, conceptual/preliminary layout, and detailed analysis for air vehicle systems
  • Design, build, and test prototype vehicles and subsystems
  • Present detailed data and design recommendations based on findings
  • You will likely be attempting to solve problems that are poorly defined by the stakeholders (customers). You must be able to think creatively and independently about how to turn vague inputs into executable projects.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Master's degree in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or related degree with 3+ years of applicable experience or Bachelor’s degree with 5+ years of applicable experience
  • Experience with multidisciplinary optimization and vehicle sizing
  • Experience with first principles aerodynamics for design-based analysis
  • Demonstrated ability to rapidly prototype and vet design concepts
  • Candidate must be hands-on and motivated
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills
  • Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident

Desired Experience:

  • PhD in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or related degree
  • Strong knowledge of manufacturing and prototyping techniques
  • Familiarity with standard CAD packages (e.g. Solidworks or Catia)
  • Familiarity with a range of aerodynamic, structural, aeroelastic and propulsive analysis tools, at several levels of fidelity
  • Experience in validation of analysis results against other sources, such as flight test

Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to support travel

 

Aurora Flight Sciences, a Boeing Company, is a leader in the development and manufacturing of advanced unmanned systems and aerospace vehicles.  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.

During the last three decades, Aurora has designed, rapid prototyped, and flown an average of one new vehicle a year for both government and commercial customers. Now as an independent subsidiary of Boeing, Aurora’s innovation is combined with Boeing’s size and strength, creating an unprecedented opportunity to disrupt the future of the aerospace industry. 

 

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An Insider's view of Aurora Flight Sciences

What’s the vibe like in the office?

I look forward to coming into work every day, because the office is abuzz with excitement and innovation. Everyone is working on new things and pushing the boundaries of aerospace. The hallway chatter ranges from topics in advanced aerodynamics to when the next rock-climbing meet-up will be. I imagine this is how NASA felt during the space race.

Billy

Aircraft Conceptual Designer

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

Aurora is committed to solving challenging technical problems across the aerospace industry. Our team is focused on providing core functions that enable certifiable autonomy in practice, from autonomous threat detection/mitigation to planning, estimation, and control of optionally piloted aircraft in unstructured environments.

Igor

Autonomy Engineer

What makes someone successful on your team?

To be successful one has to be an optimist and take initiative. We are working on projects that have not been done before so every new idea or approach needs to be welcomed with creativity and an open mind. Learning is endless here, but it is up to the individual to ask questions and take ownership of their work.

Destiny Mora

Embedded Systems Engineer

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

At Aurora creativity is a necessity. Most of our projects are at the cutting edge of what’s possible and require solving one or more engineering problems that have never before been solved before. It’s in our DNA and we encourage this from Day 1.

Brian

Senior Vice President of Programs

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

This is where you get to work with the smartest people, across every discipline, on a multitude of trailblazing products. This is where your voice will always be heard. This is where you will be encouraged to try everything. This is where you want to be.

Nayan

Mechanical Systems Group Lead

What are Aurora Flight Sciences Perks + Benefits

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Parking
Recreational Clubs
Relocation Assistance
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
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