Structural Analysis

Intuitive Machines​

Houston, TX 77058 or UTAH - Full-time exempt position

Intuitive Machines is seeking the best, the brightest and the driven to be a part of our Human Spaceflight Team on our journey to return man to the moon.  Join our team and you’ll be rewarded with competitive compensation, benefits, and possession of your own unique place in history.


As part of a small, passionate and accomplished team of experts, you will be responsible for structural analysis of vehicles which will land people and payloads on the Moon.  You will share in the team’s impact on all aspects of finite element analysis at the vehicle and component levels, design optimization, structural testing, and verification.  This position will directly impact the history of space exploration and will require your dedicated commitment and detailed attention towards safe and repeatable spaceflight.

Responsibilities may include, but not be limited to*

  • Analysis of primary and secondary spacecraft structures

  • Integration of structural analysis with loads and dynamics environments

  • Finite Element Model development, refinement, validation, and correlation to tests

  • Strength checks and analysis report generation

  • Test and verification plan and report generation

  • Support configuration development and trade studies

Required Skills and Experience*

  • Minimum of a B.S. degree in mechanical, aerospace or civil engineering

  • Solid foundation of structural static/dynamic fundamentals

  • Passion for spacecraft structural/environmental loads development/validation

  • Ability to solve a variety of static and dynamic structural problems using physics-based analytical methods (hand calculations, in-house tools, and 3rd party commercial analytical tools)

7+ years of experience with aircraft, spacecraft, launch vehicle, or automotive in some of the following areas:

  • External loads

  • Vibro-acoustic analysis

  • Analysis using Nastran, Ansys, Abaqus, LS-Dyna, or Optistruct

  • Experience with Human spaceflight


Desired Skills and Experience*

  • Vehicle load path definition and strength analysis

  • Analysis of metallic and/or composite structures (skin-stringer, fittings, sandwich panels, etc)

  • Composite design and analysis skills in any thermoset, thermoplastic, metal matrix and ceramic matrix composites

  • Manufacturing methods, material selection, testing, characterization & allowables development

  • Experience testing materials, joints, components and vehicles

  • Structural optimization using standard industry codes (Optistruct, HyperSizer, Nastran Sol 200, etc)

  • Experience with ProEngineer Wildfire 4 / Creo Parametric or greater

*U.S. citizenship is required.

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