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Systems Engineer III (Dynamic Loads)

Company: Sierra Space
Location: Louisville
Posted on: October 13, 2021

Job Description:

Are you a bold thinker? We dream big at Sierra Nevada Corporation—advocating the exploration of space, keeping service members safe and creating the systems that keep our world united and sustain our way of living. Join our team! SNC is currently seeking an experienced dynamic loads engineer to join our Dynamic Loads team as part of the Dream Chaser spacecraft program. Dream Chaser Dynamic Loads engineering includes the tasks required for the design, development, production, assembly, test, and certification efforts to deliver the completed Dream Chaser Space System. Some of the primary task areas include coupled loads analysis, transient analysis, vibroacoustics and finite element model development and correlation.

SNC’s subsidiary, Sierra Space, based in Louisville, Colorado with operations in Madison, Wisconsin and Durham, North Carolina, designs and manufactures advanced spacecraft, satellites, propulsion and environmental systems, spacecraft subsystems and components for the U.S. government (including NASA), commercial customers and international organizations. Learn more about Sierra Space



  • Bachelor's of Science degree in System Engineering or related discipline and typically 6 or more years of relevant experience. Experience may be considered in lieu of education.

  • Experience with NASTRAN (NX or MSC) and FEMAP

  • Experience in finite element modeling and subsequent model correlation to test data

  • Experience with inertial loads development for space vehicles and knowledge of coupled loads analysis and Craig-Bampton modeling

  • Experience with transient time history analysis in developing associated forcing functions and loads

  • Experience with system level spacecraft vibration analysis and testing

  • Strong interpersonal skills, position will require interfacing many engineers from a variety of disciplines

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills for effective presentations to program management and fellow engineers on the latest loads and environments


  • Master’s in engineering strongly preferred

  • Fluency with MATLAB or Python preferred

  • Experience with updating documents such as Environmental Design Databook (EDD) and component Environment and Test Specifications preferred

  • Experience with aerospace vehicle or satellite analysis and design preferred

  • The ability to obtain and maintain a Security Clearance may be required. Learn more about the background check process for Security Clearances

At Sierra Space Corporation we deliver customer-focused technology and best-of-breed integrations in the aerospace and defense sectors. SNC has been honored as one of the most innovative U.S. companies in space, a Tier One Superior Supplier for the U.S. Air Force, and as one of America’s fastest-growing companies. Learn more about SNC


To conform to U.S. Government international trade regulations, applicant must be a U.S. Citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State or U.S. Department of Commerce.

With 30+ years of proven spaceflight heritage, Sierra Space has provided more than 4,000 space systems, subsystems and components to customers worldwide, and participated in more than 500 missions to space, including to Mars. The company has technology in production and in development to enable space habitats for short- and long-duration space travel, a fleet of Dream Chaser spaceplanes, and the first free-flying commercial space station. Please visit to learn more about Sierra Space, its business areas, capabilities, programs, products and services.

Estimated Starting Salary Range: $101,774.67 - $139,940.19

Sierra Space offers a generous benefit package, including medical, dental, and vision plans, 401(k) with 150% match up to 8%, life insurance, 3 weeks paid time off, tuition reimbursement, and more.

At Sierra Space, our mission is to dream, innovate, inspire and empower the next generation to transform humanity through technology and imagination. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we welcome our employees to bring their whole selves to their work. Sierra Space is committed to fostering an inclusive, accepting, and diverse environment free of discrimination on the basis of race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran. Contributions to Sierra Space come in many shapes and styles, and we believe diversity in our workforce fosters new and greater ways to dream, innovate, and inspire.

Keywords: Sierra Space, Denver , Systems Engineer III (Dynamic Loads), Other , Louisville, Colorado

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