Who we are: 

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 provide expertise on overall vehicle configuration to meet requirements
  • Develop company standards for Finite Element model management, analysis methods, and analysis report generation
  • Develop company standards for documentation of stress analyses to support release of engineering drawings and documents
  • Lead a group of structural analysts responsible for structural substantiation of primary structure
  • Provide technical guidance on design concepts (risk vs. cost vs. performance)
  • Ownership of structural substantiation reports and other technical reports required to obtain FAA certification

What you need:

  • 10+ years of experience with aircraft, spacecraft, or launch vehicle structural analysis
  • Bachelor’s degree in an 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 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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