Aerospace Engineer

    • Job Tracking ID: KDRSS-341641
    • Job Location: Birmingham, AL
    • Job Level: Entry Level (less than 2 years)
    • Level of Education: Masters Degree
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: 05/10/2022
    • Years of Experience: Up to 2 Years
    • Travel Requirement: Domestic & International
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Job Description

General Summary
This position works as part of a team supporting several high-speed / hypersonic material evaluation programs within the Department of Defense and NASA. Candidates with interest and knowledge in the areas of hypersonic structures, test and evaluation, and compressible flow are encouraged to apply. The candidate must be able to effectively and actively perform aerothermal and fluids analysis of high-speed material systems, both individually and as part of a team. The candidate must show demonstrated competency in conjugate heat transfer to understand the relevant environments of interest, specifically supersonic and hypersonic flight regimes. Analytical thinking, problem solving, communication, and detail orientation are key skills necessary for this position.
 
Key Responsibilities
Others may be added
  • Perform aerothermal analysis of high-speed vehicles and components to support sub-scale and component level material evaluation tests. Analysis is performed using in-house and non-proprietary material response, heat transfer, and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) tools such as COMSOL, ANSYS, ABAQUS, ACE, CMA, and US3D.
  • Support team in determining test conditions, thermal predictions, and ablative material responses.
  • Use engineering principals and judgement to evaluate performance of various high-temperature materials and material systems tested in an arc jet environment.
Position Specific
  • Perform aerothermal and fluids analysis of high-speed material systems, both individually and as part of a team.
  • Derive aerothermal test conditions based on trajectory parameters and vehicle geometry.
  • Apply specific expertise and knowledge to provide technical solutions to complex problems and systems.
  • Provide recommendations to improve ground tests, instrumentation, and understanding of material performance.
  • Produce technical reports and presentations of analyses and ground tests.
  • Demonstrate competency in conjugate heat transfer to understand the relevant environments of interest, specifically supersonic and hypersonic flight regimes.
  • Develop new analysis methods in order to effectively predict and understand test responses.
  • Participate in other pretest readiness and posttest evaluation activities.
  • Perform other duties as required by supervisor.
  • Must demonstrate an ability to learn quickly in a complex, high technology environment.
  • Performs other duties as required by supervisor
 

Experience and Skills

Minimum Qualifications
  • US Citizenship required.
  • Must be able to obtain/maintain security clearance at a level equivalent to Department of Defense (DOD) SECRET
  • Master’s in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering
  • Analytical thinking, problem solving, communication and detail orientation skills required.
  • Highly proficient using Matlab.
Preferred Qualifications
  • 2+ years of related experience
  • Experience in conjugate heat transfer
  • Experience with GridPro, DPLR and/or US3D.
  • Experience with COMSOL, ANSYS, or ABAQUS.
  • Experience with modeling ablation, material removal, or thermochemical non-equilibrium high enthalpy flows.
 
Job Specific Behaviors
  • Motivated- Works independently and a self-starter who can thrive in a dynamic team environment to keep projects on track, resolve problems, and deliver results.
  • Analytical Thinking and Detail Orientation- Small details constantly change that can have large impacts on over schedules or objectives. Identifying problems, troubleshooting and developing and implementing solutions requires detailed analysis in each task.
  • Quality Orientation- Accomplishes tasks by considering all areas involved; no matter how small; showing concern for all aspects of the job; accurately checking processes, procedures and tasks; being watchful over a period of time.
  • Planning and Organization- Systematically identifies issues to be addressed and plans a course of action for self to ensure the accomplishment of specific objectives. This position will require the ability to communicate and coordinate effectively with team members and customers.  Candidate should have demonstrated history of effective verbal and written communication.
Work Environment & Conditions
This position involves work in an office and laboratory environment and could require the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) including:
  • Safety glasses
  • Hearing protection (varies based on tasks)
  • Shoe covers
Physical Demands
In performing the work for this position, the engineer must be able to:
  • Perform work utilizing a computer for extended periods of time.
  • Sit for extended periods of time without being able to leave the work area.
  • Climb ladders and stairs in performing the work.
  • Walk for considerable distances in performing work.
  • Lift objects frequently in performing work.
  • Pull or push objects on a regular basis.
  • Reach for object above head or below waist.
  • Stoop or crouch by bending at the waist or by bending legs.
  • Withstand exposure to low and high temperature levels that result in significant body discomfort.
  • Travel to satellite offices or test facilities.
Travel
Moderate overnight travel, domestic and international, required for onsite test support
 

What We Can Offer You
Rest and Relaxation
 - Generous vacation to start plus company paid holidays.
Comprehensive Health Benefits –Medical (BCBS & Cigna), Dental, Vision, Health Savings Accounts, and Wellness
Prepare for the Future - 401(k) with generous company match
Professional Development - Tuition assistance program, Employee recognition program, and Leadership development program
Employee Resource Groups - Local and Enterprise employee-led volunteer groups to create community, awareness, impact, and to support a culture where everyone belongs.

Relocation:  - This position offers relocation based on candidate eligibility.

 

A Piece of the Company: 

Kratos offers an Employee Stock Purchase Program with 15% discount and look back feature.

 

Kratos Defense is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer. EOE, Minorities, Females, Vet, Disabled, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity or any other protected class.
All qualified job seekers are encouraged to apply. Kratos Defense is committed to America's veterans by providing opportunities for them to continue contributing after service to our nation. We also work to provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities.
EEO Is The Law

Disability Accessibility Accommodation
If you require an accommodation to navigate or apply to our careers site, please send your request to HRAccessibility@kratosdefense.com or call 858-964-2916. Any inquires not related to requesting an accommodation will be discarded.

Pay Transparency
The company will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant.

Job Applicant Privacy Notice
For applicants in the EU and California residents, please review our privacy notice.

Job Benefits

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Tax Savings Accounts (HSA / FSA)
  • Life Insurance
  • Short Term Disability
  • Long Term Disability
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • 401k
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan
  • PTO
  • Education Assistance Program
  • Paid Holidays
Kratos Defense is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer. EOE, Minorities, Females, Vet, Disabled, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity or any other protected class.
All qualified job seekers are encouraged to apply. Kratos Defense is committed to America's veterans by providing opportunities for them to continue contributing after service to our nation. We also work to provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities.
EEO Is The Law

Disability Accessibility Accommodation
If you require an accommodation to navigate or apply to our careers site, please send your request to HRAccessibility@kratosdefense.com or call 858-964-2916. Any inquires not related to requesting an accommodation will be discarded.

Pay Transparency
The company will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant.

Job Applicant Privacy Notice
For applicants in the EU and California residents, please review our privacy notice.