Structural Dynamics Engineering Lead

Job Locations US-TX-Houston
Job Post Information* : Posted Date 2 months ago(3/21/2024 2:54 PM)
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Structural Dynamics Engineering Lead



Be the Difference


Astrion offers comprehensive services that boost preparedness, optimize performance, and ensure success across various domains, from Cyber to Digital, Mission and Systems, servicing our nation's Civilian, Defense and Space communities. We support customers with Centers of Excellence in Washington DC, Huntsville, AL and Burlington, MA with an additional 36 locations across the U.S.


Astrion has an exciting opportunity for a Structural Dynamics Engineering Lead for the JETS II Contract, supporting the Space Division.




LOCATION: Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX


TRAVEL: none




This position has been posted at multiple levels. Depending on the candidate's experience, requirements, and business needs, we reserve the right to consider candidates at any level for which this position has been advertised.

  • Typically requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in engineering and normally possess 5 - 10 years of related experience. License and certification may be required
  • Minimum 5 years performing tasks associated with spacecraft and human spaceflight
  • Excellent oral, written, and organizational skills with the ability to work in a team environment
  • Experience planning and establishing work priorities
  • Experience leading a team of engineers
  • Experience with customer and stakeholder interactions
  • Experience in the load and dynamics discipline including coupled loads analysis, shock, vibro-acoustics, signal processing, testing, and/or multi-body dynamics
  • Experience with Python, MATLAB, and/or C/C++
  • Current U.S. Citizenship is required


  • BS or MS degree in Mechanical or Aerospace engineering and a minimum of eight (8) years of direct engineering experience in the field of loads and dynamics with a strong understanding of the skills required to perform these tasks
  • Familiarity with NASA standards and processes for loads and dynamics, including modal and vibro-acoustic testing
  • Proficiency in Coupled Loads Analysis (CLA) and an understanding of the workflow to perform a CLA
  • Experience using NASTRAN with FEMAP as a pre/post-processor
  • Experience with Component Mode Synthesis and Craig Bampton model reductions
  • Experience performing multi-body and dynamic contact analysis (e.g., LS-DYNA or Adams)
  • Experience in vibro-acoustic analysis
  • Experience customizing analysis processes through scripting and software development
  • Familiarity with version control methods using GitLab or GitHub
  • Proficiency in Python
  • Proficiency in MATLAB, or C/C++



This position will be performing structural dynamic analysis on spacecraft in multiple NASA human spaceflight programs and leading a team of structural dynamics engineers. The NASA human spaceflight programs supported includes Orion, Gateway, Human Landing System, Commercial Crew Program, and others.

  • Perform detailed finite element modeling, coupled loads analysis, and evaluate results
  • Perform analyses using commercial and in-house codes as well as write new simulation scripts
  • Perform modal analysis on component Finite Element Analysis models in preparation for modal tests
  • Identify critical modes for a component or system
  • Review and process modal and structural data (analytical and test)
  • Develop and/or review test plans and procedures, documenting test results
  • Ensure employees in functional areas follow established procedures and generate finished work products within time and budgetary constraints and ensure products yield the expected outcome and establish equality levels.
  • Relies on extensive experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals
  • Ensure NASA customer has adequate technical support personnel to accomplish associated tasks by assisting the Section Manager in assigning existing resources and attaining new resources by reviewing resumes and participating in interviews
  • Conduct meetings with NASA customer to provide status and obtain feedback
  • Participate in employee evaluations
  • Perform routine project status reviews for cost, schedule, risk management, and deliverable adherence
  • Conduct oversight, mentorship and guidance to employees and task leads
  • Establish and update personnel training plans as required
  • Work with leads to track and maintain efficient task performance
  • Work with colleagues to coordinate issue resolution across multiple JETS organizations which could include source limitations, technical challenges, process breakdowns, etc.
  • Perform other duties as required


What We Offer

  • Competitive salaries
  • Continuing education assistance
  • Professional development allotment
  • Multiple healthcare benefits packages
  • 401K with employer matching
  • Flexible time off (FTO) along with a federally recognized holiday schedule


Who We Are


At Astrion, we innovate, elevate, and shape the world of tomorrow. At our core is our purpose to “Be the Difference”. This means we encourage our employees to take action and be the driving force for positive change. We foster an environment where innovative solutions flourish and our company continuously evolves.


We have a culture of care, empathy, and making a tangible difference within our organization and communities. We embrace continuous learning, growth, and innovation, and pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. We promote collaboration and empowering our teams is at the core of our success.


Join Astrion and Be the Difference in your career and the world!


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