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Sr. Systems Engineer - Dynamic Loads

  •  Posted 30+ Days Ago
  •   Full time
  •  Louisville, CO
  •  R0011770

Are you a bold thinker? We dream big at Sierra Nevada Corporation—advocating the exploration of space, keeping service members safe and creating the systems that keep our world united and sustain our way of living. Join our team! SNC is currently seeking an experienced dynamic loads engineer to support our Dynamic Loads team as part of the Dream Chaser spacecraft program. Dream Chaser dynamic loads engineering includes the tasks required for the design, development, production, assembly, test, and certification efforts to deliver the completed Dream Chaser Space System. Some of the primary task areas include coupled loads analysis, transient analysis, vibroacoustics and finite element model development and correlation.

At SNC’s Space Systems Group (SSG) we are not only the creator of the Dream Chaser® spacecraft, but also the designer and manufacturer of rocket engines and components, systems that sustain life in deep space, as well as systems and satellites that improve life here on Earth. The work of our Space Systems team not only supports the U.S. government (including NASA), but also commercial customers and international organizations. Learn more about SSG


  • Support of inertial loads development for space vehicles. Substantial knowledge of coupled loads analysis and Craig-Bampton modeling.

  • Experience with transient time history analysis in developing associated forcing functions and loads.

  • Experience with system level spacecraft vibration analysis and testing. 

  • Significant experience in finite element modeling and subsequent model correlation to test data.

  • Support the updating of Environmental Design Databook (EDD) and component Environment and Test Specifications.

  • Ability to decompose large complicated problems into manageable pieces, understand problems from different points of view, and ability to explain issues and solutions to other engineers.

  • Activities will be performed while contributing to the planning and execution of activities related to the integrated certification and verification for the loads and environments area.

  • Understand, plan and execute technical activities in accordance with SNC policies, procedures, work instructions and specific customer requirements.


  • Engineer with strong background in aerospace and structural dynamics and 10+ years of experience

  • Bachelor's Degree in Aerospace or related engineering discipline

  • Experience with aerospace vehicle or satellite analysis and design

  • Significant experience with NASTRAN (NX or MSC) and FEMAP

  • Fluency with Matlab or Python

  • Strong interpersonal skills, position will require interfacing many engineers from a variety of disciplines

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills are a must.  Occasional presentations to program management and fellow engineers on the latest loads and environments.

  • Ability to work in a highly collaborative, fast-paced environment


  • Master’s or PhD degree in engineering strongly desired.

  • Advanced Experience with requirements management and system modelling tools, such as DOORS, Rhapsody, NoMagic

  • Knowledge of industry standard mechanical design principles, to include, but not limited to requirements management, Model Based System Engineering (MBSE)

  • Experience or certification in INCOSE standards

  • Experience leading baseline definition and maturation in a complex development setting, including the use of high impact trade studies and other measures

  • Thorough understanding of establishing and tracking key Technical Performance Measurements (TPM)


  • To conform to U.S. Government export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

At Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) we deliver customer-focused technology and best-of-breed integrations in the aerospace and defense sectors. SNC has been honored as one of the most innovative U.S. companies in space, a Tier One Superior Supplier for the U.S. Air Force, and as one of America’s fastest-growing companies. Learn more about SNC