Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan


Engineer in Research Senior Opening

Posted: October 30, 2012

AOSS is seeking applications for an Engineer in Research Senior. The position is to be filled with a mechanical engineer with significant experience working constructively as a member of project teams.

Work in project teams with scientists, engineers, designers, technicians, machinists and students to develop spacecraft and instruments for laboratory, ground based, airborne, and space research.  Design, develop, analyze and test mechanical structures, electromechanical systems, instruments and machines to meet performance, interface, environmental, and reliability requirements.
Perform as the lead mechanical engineer on hardware development projects, with responsibility for prototype designs through verified deliverables.  

Immediate duties will focus on the design, analysis and test of a micro-satellite spacecraft and associated mechanical ground support equipment for the CYGNSS mission.

This position reports to the SPRL Assistant Director for Technical Operations.  Project direction will be received from Principal Investigators and Project Managers within the Laboratory.
This position will direct engineers and technical staff within project teams.

♣    Develop and coordinate requirements and specifications for mechanical elements of spacecraft, instruments and ground support equipment
♣    Design, document, specify, assemble, and test mechanical systems, mechanisms and components
♣    Develop reduced analysis models and perform finite-element analyses of spacecraft and instrument designs to predict structural and thermal performance in their intended environments
♣    Conduct structural and thermal tests of spacecraft and instruments to validate analysis predictions
♣    Prepare and present requirements, designs, analyses and test results at formal project reviews
♣    Support new project proposals

♣    Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering
♣     5 years’ experience in Finite Element Analysis, using NASTRAN or ANSYS
♣    Experience in the performance of classical stress, modal and thermal analyses for aerospace or automotive structures and systems.
♣    2 years’ design experience using solid modeling tools (i.e., SolidWorks, Pro-Engineer, etc.)
♣    Demonstrated understanding of common mechanical design and manufacturing processes and of mechanical design and documentation standards
♣    Significant experience working constructively as a member of project teams

♣    Experience in the design of equipment for high-voltage, vacuum, optical, radio frequency, space, and airborne applications
♣    Experience with thermal vacuum and vibration table test equipment
♣    Experience in the design of structures and thermal management systems for space applications.
♣    Experience with Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T)
♣    Experience with Failure Modes and Effects Analyses

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