The Aerospace Corporation is the trusted partner to the nation’s space programs, solving the hardest problems and providing unmatched technical expertise. As the operator of a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC), we are broadly engaged across all aspects of space— delivering innovative solutions that span satellite, launch, ground, and cyber systems for defense, civil and commercial customers. When you join our team, you’ll be part of a special collection of problem solvers, thought leaders, and innovators. Join us and take your place in space.
At Aerospace, we are committed to providing an inclusive and diverse workplace for all employees to share in our common passion and aspiration – to carry out a mission much bigger than ourselves.
The Vehicle Systems Division (VSD) sits at the center of the ideas and data behind current and future systems supplying innovative research and development; technical evaluations during the acquisition process; conceptual and detailed design; assembly, integration, and test; and operational support. Comprised primarily of highly-trained mechanical and aerospace engineers, VSD provides national expertise in the areas of vehicle engineering; guidance, navigation, and controls; robotics; electro-mechanical devices; embedded systems; fluid mechanics; propulsion; thermal control; orbital mechanics; mechanisms; structures; structural dynamics; and dynamic environments.
The team is seeking a Vibroacoustics and Shock Engineer
to further strengthen its rigor and depth in the areas of analysis, modeling, and advanced signal processing, and to increase its collaboration across technical disciplines within the organization.
This position will be a hybrid work model and offer partially remote with some onsite work required in El Segundo, CA.
What You’ll Be Doing
- Provide applied expertise in the field of aeroacoustics / vibroacoustics and shock in support of launch, space, missile defense programs, and internal research projects
- Build test- and flight-correlated models that contribute to technical assessments across multiple programs
- Leverage commercial tools and develop independent simulation tools and processes to solve vibroacoustic problems
- Collaborate with propulsion, fluids, structures, and ordnance departments on forcing function development and analyses
- Develop independent analytical and computational capabilities to solve problems in vibration, shock, and acoustics
- Contribute to advancement of signal processing capabilities in collaboration with dynamics, propulsion, and data science disciplines
- Present technical and project status briefings to management, internal and external customers, and contractors
- You should have strong leadership skills which includes: training, motivating and directing employees to optimize workplace productivity and promote professional growth
This position is available as a Member of Technical Staff or as a Senior Member of Technical Staff
What You Need to be Successful
Member of Technical Staff
- Bachelor's degree in a STEM field or equivalent
- Typically, 2+ years relevant experience is required
- Coursework relevant to concepts in one or more of the following: structural dynamics, structural mechanics, rocket propulsion, aerodynamics, fluid mechanics, turbomachinery, acoustics, finite element theory, statistics
- Working knowledge of finite element analysis approach and other computational methods for the solution of problems in structural dynamics and vibroacoustics
- Working knowledge of statistical energy analysis and boundary element analysis
- Experience in data processing and spectral analysis of dynamic signals
- Willingness to occasionally travel (domestically and internationally), and to work off-business hours to support customer needs, approximately 10% (as required)
- This position requires ability to obtain and maintain a Secret clearance, which is issued by the U.S. government. U.S. citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance.
Senior Member of Technical Staff
Same requirements as a Member of Technical Staff noted above, in addition to:
- Typically, 5+ years of experience in dynamic environments
- Provide technical leadership and mentorship to staff
How You Can Stand Out
It would be impressive if you have one or more of these:
- Advanced degree in a STEM field or equivalent
- Proficiency in commercial vibroacoustic tools, such as Wave6, VA One, FEMAP, Hypermesh
- Experience in wave domain or energy-based analytical solutions to vibration, shock, and acoustics problems
- Familiarity in aerodynamics, fluid mechanics, combustion and turbomachinery phenomena
- Experience in structural/mechanical design and analysis
- Strong technical background in dynamic environments testing and instrumentation selection/setup
- Hands-on hardware experience, at or outside of workplace
- Coursework in structural dynamics, structural mechanics, rocket propulsion, aerodynamics, fluid mechanics, turbomachinery, acoustics, finite element theory, statistics
- This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a TS/SCI security clearance, which is issued by the U.S. government. U.S. citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance
We offer a competitive compensation package where you’ll be rewarded based on your performance and recognized for the value you bring to our business. The grade-based pay range for this job is listed below. Individual salaries within that range are determined through a wide variety of factors including but not limited to education, experience, knowledge and skills.
(Min - Mid - Max)
$70,000 - $105,000 - $130,000
Ways We Reward Our Employees
During your interview process, our team will provide details of our industry-leading benefits.
Benefits vary and are applicable based on Job Type. A few highlights include:
- Comprehensive health care and wellness plans
- Paid holidays, sick time, and vacation
- Standard and alternate work schedules, including telework options
- 401(k) Plan — Employees receive a total company-paid benefit of 8%, 10%, or 12% of eligible compensation based on years of service and matching contributions; employees are immediately eligible and vested in the plan upon hire
- Flexible spending accounts
- Variable pay program for exceptional contributions
- Relocation assistance
- Professional growth and development programs to help advance your career
- Education assistance programs
- An inclusive work environment built on teamwork, flexibility, and respect
We are all unique, from diverse backgrounds and all walks of life, yet one thing bonds all of us to each other—the belief that we can make a difference. This core belief empowers us to do our best work at The Aerospace Corporation.
Equal Opportunity Commitment
The Aerospace Corporation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. We believe that a diverse workforce creates an environment in which unique ideas are developed and differing perspectives are valued, producing superior customer solutions. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, color, religion, genetic information, marital status, ancestry, national origin, protected veteran status, physical disability, medical condition, mental disability, or disability status and any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. If you’re an individual with a disability or a disabled veteran who needs assistance using our online job search and application tools or need reasonable accommodation to complete the job application process, please contact us by phone at 310.336.5432 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also review Know Your Rights: Workplace Discrimination is Illegal, as well as the Pay Transparency Policy Statement.