Structural Analysis Engineer


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Analytical Mechanics Associates, Inc., (AMA) is proud of our customer relationships, our diverse and dynamic work environment, and our employees' career satisfaction. AMA is a small business specializing in aerospace engineering, business analytics, information technology, and visualization solutions. AMA combines the best of engineering and mathematics capabilities with the latest in information technologies and visualization to build creative solutions. Headquartered in Hampton, VA, AMA has operations in Huntsville, AL; Dallas and Houston, TX; Denver, CO; Santa Clara and Mountain View, CA; New Orleans, LA; and Hancock County, MS. We offer a competitive salary and attractive benefits package, including paid personal leave and holidays, salary deferrals into a 401(k) matching plan with immediate vesting, tuition reimbursement, short/long term disability plans, medical, dental, and vision insurance. Our website describes our corporate values and how they apply to the professional success and growth of our employees.

Job Description

AMA is now seeking a Structural Analysis Engineer to join our Structural and Thermal Analysis team, in support of NASA Langley Research Center. This position is full-time with benefits and is classified as exempt.

The position would be responsible for the structural analysis support of flight and non-flight hardware. This work is in support of the Orion CM Structures and thermal protection system (TPS) program as well as other new and existing programs in support NASA's flight center. The analyses range from manned and unmanned aircraft and space vehicles to individual system components, to test articles, facilities, and testing arrangements supporting these vehicles and their subsystems. The position will utilize high-fidelity structural analysis tools employing finite element modeling and analysis techniques, as well as simpler handbook computations to complete these tasks. Responsibilities include:

  • Project management of space vehicle structures
  • Finite Element Analysis (FEA) of structures utilizing MSC Nastran, MSC Patran, Femap, ABAQUS or ANSYS.
  • Programming and scripting to help speed up pre and postprocessing of large amounts of data
  • Development of formal stress analysis packages.
  • Interfacing with design engineers to provide inputs to preliminary designs, development and delivery of reports and presentations to management
  • Collaboration with outside vendors and personnel from other NASA centers in the development of integrated flight hardware and Ground Support Equipment
  • Perform engineering hand calculation
  • Application of multiple loads (acoustic, thermal, aerodynamic and aerothermal)

Education and Qualifications

  • Must have a Bachelor’s degree Aerospace, Aeronautical, Mechanical or Civil Engineering. Advanced degrees are a plus.
  • Minimum of 3 to 15 years work related experience.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen

NASA Langley Research Center

The Structural Analysis Engineer will work for AMA's Structural and Thermal Analysis group and will be stationed at NASA's Langley Research Center (LaRC) in Hampton, Virginia. Langley Research Center (LaRC) was established in 1917 and is the oldest of NASA's field centers, located. It directly borders Langley Field and the city of Poquoson. LaRC has focused primarily on aeronautical research, but the Apollo lunar lander was flight-tested at the facility. LaRC researchers use more than 40 wind tunnels to study improved aircraft and spacecraft safety, performance, and efficiency. Between 1958 and 1963, when NASA (the successor agency to NACA) started Project Mercury, LaRC served as the main office of the Space Task Group. In 1962-1963 this office was transferred to the Manned Spacecraft Center (now the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center) in Houston, Texas. Additional information can be found at NASA Langley.


Base hours per week: 40 hours

AMA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. U.S. Citizenship is required for the advertised position.