Structures Engineer

  • Reference NL-HP-4584
  • Location Noordwijk, The Netherlands
  • Closing date 03 August 2021
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HE Space is a successful international space company. For nearly 40 years, we have been supporting our customers with qualified experts in the field of engineering, science and administration. We are currently looking for a Structures Engineer to support our customer in the Netherlands.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities           

As part of the Structures Section at ESA/ESTEC, you will have the following responsibilities:

Structures Static, Buckling/Stability, Thermo-Elastic Analysis

  • Support the generation and set-up of structural mathematical models using the finite element method for structural analysis problems for Agency funded projects, taking into account the specific objectives of such analysis, covering all structural materials applied in spacecraft and launchers. Where necessary non-linear approaches and specific solution sequences shall be applied/developed (e.g. Nastran SOL 600, Mecano, Abaqus);
  • Perform the analysis, evaluate critically the results and issue relevant documentation covering all analysis steps;
  • Support the generation and set-up of mathematical models for structural elastic stability problems for Agency funded projects, taking into account specific requirements attached to this type of analysis;
  • Perform stability analysis leading to the determination of buckling loads and deformations. Where necessary the post buckling behaviour shall be addressed, adequate non-linear approaches used, and where relevant specific solution sequences shall be developed;
  • Evaluate critically the results, and issue relevant documentation covering all analysis steps;
  • Support the generation and set-up of mathematical models for structural thermo-elastic stability problems for Agency funded projects, taking into account specific requirements attached to this type of analysis;
  • Perform the interpolation of the temperature maps as resulting from thermal analysis for their employment in finite element structural analysis;
  • Perform thermo-elastic analysis leading to the determination of loads and deformations, evaluate the outcome in terms of margins of safety and stability budgets, evaluate critically the results and issue relevant documentation covering all analysis steps. Where necessary non-linear approaches shall be considered and specific solution sequences shall be developed;
  • Evaluate critically the results and the loads and issue relevant documentation.

Design and Configuration

  • Support spacecraft and launcher configuration studies for Agency projects. This includes operating CAD tools and participation in Concurrent Design Facility (CDF) sessions at ESTEC;
  • Perform mass, inertia and balance calculations and relevant budget assessments;
  • Issue relevant documentation covering all configuration definition aspects, and where necessary shall support the configuration definition by preliminary structural analyses using FEM models;
  • Ensure CAD interfaces and configuration data transfer with Agency contractors via international standards;
  • Contribute to the further development of the Structures and Configuration tools deployed in the Agency, including in the CDF;
  • Support progress meetings and reviews in support to Agency projects;
  • Support the updating and maintenance of CAD and FE models databases;
  • Support and contribute to the establishment and maintenance of relevant Structures Engineering Standards and Handbooks.

Dynamic Test Data Analysis and Correlation:

  • Support the preparation and execution of mechanical tests (modal survey, sine, random, acoustics, micro-vibration, shock, etc) for spacecraft & launchers of Agency projects by performing and/or reviewing analytical predictions and procedures;
  • Perform modal identification of the test data, evaluate critically the results and make usage of these results for updating structural finite element models;
  • Perform assessments of shock response data;
  • Take into account the specific objectives of such analyses and where necessary non-linear analyses shall be performed and specific solution sequences shall be developed;
  • Issue relevant documentation covering all analysis steps. Where applicable produce advanced reduced dynamic mathematical models.

Skills & Experience

You will have the following qualifications and relevant experience:

  • MSc. Aeronautical or Mechanical Engineering;
  • Over 5 years of experience in the space industry on the mechanical design, development and verification of space segment hardware;
  • Good knowledge in space system engineering, and space engineering standards (ECSS);
  • Knowledge and experience of structures numerical analysis tools such as Nastran, Patran, Abaqus, ESACRACK etc;
  • Spacecraft configuration and experience with CATIA are considered an asset; 
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills. Ability to work effectively, autonomously and cooperatively in a diverse and international team environment, defining and implementing solutions in line with team and individual objectives, as well as project deadlines;
  • Fluency in English is mandatory; knowledge of another European language is an advantage.

This job is located in Noordwijk

If you think you have what it takes for this job, please send your CV together with a letter of motivation (both in English and in Word) to Mr. Yannik Dubois, by clicking on the button “Apply for this job” quoting job NL-HP-4584 before 3-Aug-20.

An exciting and dynamic international working environment awaits you!

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