Mechanical/Aerospace Engineer (Aircraft Structures - Dayton Operation)
Mercer University - Macon, GA

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The Mercer Engineering Research Center (MERC) is seeking an experienced engineer with an aerospace/structures background to support programs in the vicinity of Dayton, Ohio and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Coordination/collaboration will be required with other engineers located at the main MERC facility in Warner Robins, Georgia.

Duties of the position include achieving technical objectives and work schedules as a member of a dynamic team of skilled engineers involved in structural analyses, fracture mechanics and sustainability. This includes compliance with specified airworthiness requirements for fixed wing aircraft. Efforts to verify structural integrity will use classical calculation methods, finite element analysis (FEA), structural life forecasting, probabilistic structural reliability analysis, and other means.

Duties require determining project tasks as well as planning and executing tasks, most of which have well established clear precedence and standard methodology. Assignments may involve oversight and guidance of the work performed by less experienced engineers. Occasional tasks require independent research and investigation to set clear standards.

Duties may involve occasional travel within the U.S.

Specific employment offers are contingent upon MERC securing government contracts in response to proposals submitted.

-Experience in aircraft structural engineering is required, including static and dynamic fatigue testing, analysis of aircraft usage/load data for predicting damage, predictive modeling to determine condition-based maintenance requirements and probabilistic modeling with uncertainty.

-Extensive technical skills are highly desirable in static plus dynamic strength analysis, durability/damage tolerance concepts, prognostics & risk analysis, and structural loads and criteria development.

-Successful candidates will have excellent communication skills and the ability to work as part of a technical team.

-Experience using NASTRAN, AFGROW, StressCheck, LS-DYNA, ABAQUS, SolidWorks, MATLAB, and LabView or comparable engineering analysis tools is a plus.

-Experience is desirable with planning, executing, and documenting structural testing, instrumentation, and data reduction. Technical reporting of work efforts and test results will be required.

-Additional experience is highly desired with analysis, design and repair of fiber reinforced composites, classic lamination theory/material anisotropy, joining/fastening processes, corrosion/delamination/failure modes, and inspection methods. Aeroelastic computational analysis experience is desirable.

-Experience with military aircraft, demonstrated ability in a leadership role, familiarity with aircraft inspection, repair, and maintenance procedures is desired.

-U.S. Citizenship is required.

-Successful candidates must be capable of obtaining and maintaining a secret DoD security clearance and show experience working on programs sponsored by the Air Force Research Laboratory.

-Requires Ph.D. degree in a technical subject (e.g., EE, ME, IE, AE, or an engineering degree in a related area from an ABET accredited School or College of Engineering) directly related and appropriate to the primary Division and Directorate functional area; or a Masters degree in same and 1 year of related program experience; or an undergraduate degree in same and 3 years related program experience.

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