Location: Inver Grove Heights, MN (River Road Facility)
Details: Full Time, Exempt
Position Summary: The Composite Structural Analyst will be responsible for much of the structural analysis and structural substantiation required as part of the development of an entire line of FAA TSO certified composite floats. This position provides a unique opportunity to be an integral member of a team dedicated to the creation of a new manufacturing initiative for Wipaire.
Structural analysis of composite structure, including laminates, sandwich panels, and bonded joints using both classical and finite element techniques
Provide design and documentation recommendations for composite parts and bonded assemblies to the design group
Author reports related to the structural analyst role, including: stress reports (margin reporting for both stress and instability), test plans, analysis validation report, etc.
Develop internal and external loads from FAA and company requirements
Assist with conceptual design and related design studies of composite structure considering design for manufacturability, including structural layout, part break definition, bonded joint configuration, assembly methodology, and tooling approach
Assist materials and process group with material test plans and allowables calculations
Work with program management to provide and support solutions for FAA approval, including but not limited to analysis substantiation, test program involvement, and instrumentation specification
Work with the manufacturing team to produce prototype and production composite parts and assemblies in accordance with approved specifications
Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering (Aerospace, Mechanical, etc.) with experience in all stages and facets of composite structure analysis. New product development experience a plus
Strong intuitive understanding of material behavior and structural load paths
Excellent interpersonal, presentation, and written communication skills
Hands-on experience with composite part and bonded assembly fabrication
FAA Structures DER a plus
Familiarity with geometry extraction from CAD software. Experience with CATIA a plus
Proficiency with FEA software. Experience with Femap and Nastran a plus
Previous experience with FAA certified composite structures a plus
For 55 years, Wipaire has been engineering and manufacturing a full line of aircraft floats for all sizes of aircraft from the Piper Cub to the Viking Twin Otter, including most single engine Cessna aircraft. In addition, Wipaire has engineered over 100 Supplemental Type Certificated modifications for improved performance, convenience, and reliability. As a leading aircraft service provider, Wipa...ire offers maintenance, avionics installation and repair, custom interior design and installation, and exterior paint refinishing all in one convenient location. Wipaire is recognized worldwide for quality products and engineering expertise.