Archer is an aerospace company based in Palo Alto, California building an all-electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft with a mission to advance the benefits of sustainable air mobility. We are designing, manufacturing, and operating an all-electric aircraft that can carry four passengers for 60 miles at speeds of up to 150 mph while producing minimal noise. 

Our sights are set high and our problems are hard, and we believe that diversity in the workplace is what makes us smarter, drives better insights, and will ultimately lift us all to success. We are dedicated to cultivating an equitable and inclusive environment that embraces our differences, and supports and celebrates all of our team members.

What you’ll do: 

  • Perform trade studies, requirements derivation, and establish the overall vehicle configuration based on requirements
  • Complete hand calc and FEM analysis of primary and secondary aerospace structures
  • Develop company standards for model creation, strength checks, and analysis report generation
  • Compile documentation of stress analysis to support release of engineering drawings  and documents
  • Work closely with and mentor designers and junior structural analysts in stress/stability/fracture analysis best practices
  • Provide technical guidance on design concepts (risk vs. cost vs. performance)
  • Perform stress analysis of internal loads (FEM), static, fatigue, and/or damage tolerance to support program design, fabrication, testing, and/or structural integrity activities
  • Support test execution and analyze test results to validate and verify that designs meet requirements and specifications
  • Write detailed structural substantiation reports and other technical reports as required in order to obtain FAA airworthiness approvals

What you need:

  • 10+ years of experience with aircraft, spacecraft, or launch vehicle structures
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering field, M.S. preferred
  • Proven experience with stress, fatigue, and/or damage tolerance analysis on primary structural components (both metallic and composite structures)
  • Experience in performing airframe structural analysis via a combination of classical hand calculations and Finite Element Analysis
  • Able to develop free-body diagrams for internal and reaction load derivation, and strength analysis
  • Proficient in one or more of the following analysis codes: Nastran, Optistruct, Ansys, Abaqus, LS-Dyna
  • Strong understanding of FEM modeling techniques (boundary conditions, bolted connections, contact, verification methods, etc)
  • Experience with development and/or qualification testing
  • Knowledge of fatigue/fracture (AFGRO/NASGRO, spectra development, NDE methods, damage tolerance)
  • Familiar with classical aerospace sizing methods (ex: Bruhn, Niu, Roark)
  • Experience in analysis of stability critical structures (local buckling phenomenon, global buckling, crippling)
  • Experience in process automation using scripting languages such as Matlab and Python
  • Experience with analyzing and dispositioning non-conformances
  • Knowledge of FAA aircraft certification requirements for Part 23 aircraft
  • Self-starter, team player, and desire to work in a fast-paced environment
Archer is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusivity in the workplace. All aspects of employment are decided on the basis of merit, qualifications, and business needs. We do not discriminate based upon race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

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