Project Aerospace Engineer (Structures)

Tempe, AZ, United States

Start-up seeks an extremely talented aerospace engineer to help pioneer applied drone intelligence. You must have experience designing and building unmanned vehicles that operate within turbulent regimes, and you should be able to do so in about one-half the time that most competent people think possible. You must have experience in project management, leading engineers to meet deliverables. Familiarity with bionics would be helpful for this position.


Expect talented, motivated, intense, and interesting co-workers. Must be willing to report or relocate to the Phoenix area.


  • Lead development engineers, creating requirements for new components and then converting those requirements into one or more 3-dimensional concepts, using Inventor and generative design, in the form of a mechanical layout for review.

  • Consult with manufacturing engineers, thermal and structural analysts, development engineers, materials and process engineers and other product team members to refine the concept into a viable prototype to be further pursued for testing, development, qualification and flight.

  • Use ANSYS to conduct basic finite element analysis to iterate the concept until it reaches a level of maturity where it can be studied by the Analysis group for final, comprehensive analysis as defined by the project objectives

  • Take a general conceptual layout of a system or component device and break it down into detail parts that balance requirement for operability, reliability, cost, weight, producibility and several other criteria

  • Generate detail part production drawings fully dimensioned with GD&T verified to meet functional requirements by use of tolerance stackups

  • Interface with in-house fabrication and assembly workforce during design and prototype hardware builds. Incorporate any produciblity lessons learned by design change and drawing revision

  • Design and test flight structures as well as high-pressure cryogenic fluid systems in accordance with federal regulations.

  • Develop aerodynamic design solutions for novel vehicle challenges.

  • Create, mesh, run, and post process computational fluid dynamics (CFD) models.

  • Lead the review of post-flight data and compare the data to pre-flight estimates.

  • Support development testing efforts by incorporating design changes if necessary to further improve hardware performance or reliability

  • Provide ongoing technical support to production effort with engineering change orders to make design changes that improve producibility or reliability


  • Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering or Mechanical Engineering

  • 2+ years of experience using 3D CAD software to design parts/assemblies

  • 2+ years of technical project management experience

  • 2+ years of systems-level engineering experience

  • Experience working with fluid systems


  • Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering or Mechanical Engineering

  • 5+ years of professional 3D CAD design experience

  • 2+ years of experience in fusion welding or development of metallic additive technologies

  • 2+ years of professional finite element analysis (FEA) experience

  • Experience with additive simulation software or topology optimization software

  • Solid understanding of optics and lasers including fiber optics

  • Understanding of high pressure fluid tubing systems and typical fittings for aerospace hardware and applicable standards

  • Familiar with material properties and attributes, particularly for titanium or nickel-based alloys, for use in cryogenic and high temperature environments

  • Proficient in basic principles of compressible and incompressible flow, thermodynamics, mechanics, materials, and electrical circuits

  • Knowledge of multiple CFD packages and meshing softwares.

  • Proficiency with Generative Design and Bionics

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with direct experience negotiating technical deliverables or scope

  • Real-time operations experience on a complex system that has high consequences in the event of failure

  • Experience working in relation to government or defense entities

  • Passion for advancing the manufacturing industry, in all aspects

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, autonomously driven, and demanding start-up atmosphere


  • Active Top Secret or Top Secret SCI clearance preferred. Must be willing to pursue a clearance if not already cleared. Note that an active clearance may provide the opportunity for you to work on sensitive Rosotics projects. If so, you will be subject to pre-employment drug and random drug and alcohol testing.

  • Must be available to work extended hours and/or weekends as needed to support critical milestones or operations shifts.

  • Must be willing to travel to other Rosotics offices and customer locations as needed.


  • To conform to U.S. Government aircraft technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you 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.

Rosotics is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with Rosotics is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status. Applicants wishing to view a copy of Rosotics' Affirmative Action Plan for veterans and individuals with disabilities, or applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify the Human Resources Department at (813) 765-1203.


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