Payload Accommodations Ground & Flight Strength Engineer 3

Date: May 26, 2024

Location: Centennial, COLORADO, US, 80112

Company: United Launch Alliance

Requisition ID: 94

Location: ULA - Denver 

Relocation: Yes- Relocation may be available 

Travel Requirements: 10% 


At ULA, success comes through the efforts of a strong, united team.


Thanks for your interest in United Launch Alliance, the world's most experienced and reliable space launch company! Successfully launching more than 155 consecutive missions with 100% mission success doesn't happen by accident. It's a testament to the commitment and dedication of our team of rocket scientists and support employees combined with the systems and processes we use to pull them together. As a ULA employee, you'll have the opportunity to grow in your career while working in a team-oriented culture that combines technology, innovation, ingenuity and a commitment to the extraordinary. Whether you are in college just launching your career, or, have experience and want to come work with the best rocket team in the world, our unshakable unity yields stronger solutions and better results as we carry out our mission to save lives, explore the universe, and connect the world. Our team is excited to meet you!

Job Overview & Responsibilities


  • The Payload Accommodations IPT develops, designs, analyzes and tests structural / mechanical mission specific and standard flight and ground interface solutions required to integrate payloads onto Vulcan Centaur & Atlas V launch vehicles. The integrated product team develops primary and secondary structural and mechanical designs to accommodate payload requirements through processing and launch and provides support to payload ground test programs for both baseline vehicle and future missions.
  • This position requires proven structural / mechanical analysis capability and is expected to perform strength analysis for mechanical payload accommodations ground support equipment (GSE such as access stands, hoist fixtures, transportation support) as well as for flight and test payload accommodations hardware (including payload adapters, payload fairings, interstage adapter and heatshield).
  • An ability to work with mechanical ground and flight designers, CREs and cross-functional counterparts such as launch operations to determine optimal design and analysis solutions is required.
  • Must have the capability to participate in system level trade studies to optimize designs for manufacturing, producibility, operability and performance and influence program decisions. Interface requirement definition & verification effort is required.
  • The job assignment requires direct support and developed relationships with the launch sites, factories, suppliers, test facilities & payload customers in compliance with aggressive design, production & test schedules. When anomalies occur, the position participates in the resolution process and is expected to lead and mentor other analysts in providing prompt analysis solutions to assist in disposition.
  • Must have strong oral and presentation skills to effectively & regularly communicate analysis solutions and anomaly resolution status to technical management, program management and our customer counterparts.


Required Education



Required Years of Experience

Minimum of 4 years of related work experience


Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree in Engineering or related technical field from and accredited college or university
  • Experience with structural / mechanical engineering analysis
  • Experience with welded joint analysis
  • Experience with a wide variety of metallic structural analysis methods
  • Hardware non-conformance analysis resolution experience
  • System level understanding of analysis principles and adjacent engineering disciplines
  • Excellent communication, writing and oral skills and the ability to work with a wide range of team members including mechanical designers, internal and external customers and subcontractors at a program level
  • Ability to assess and interpret engineering drawings, specifications, and industry/government standards
  • Strong finite element modeling experience
  • Ability to operate independently and coach and mentor other employees
  • Time management skills and strong self-initiative
  • Ability to travel


Preferred Qualifications

  • Masters or higher degree in related technical field
  • Knowledge of the Aluminum Design Manual and AISC Steel Construction Manual
  • Structural/Mechanical strength experience on metallic or composite ground support equipment or payload/launch vehicle/attach fittings is preferred.
  • Requirements knowledge & experience with aerospace engineering structural testing is preferred.
  • Production & supplier strength analysis support experience
  • Launch and/or test operations strength analysis support experience
  • Strong Siemens Femap and Siemens NX Nastran skills
  • Siemens Teamcenter experience
  • Project integration skills

Summary Salary Range (for ULA - Denver only):  $98,339.00 - $153,653.00 


Please note that the salary information shown above is a general guideline only. Salaries are based upon a candidate's experience and qualifications, as well as internal equity, market and business considerations. Employees may be eligible for a discretionary annual bonus in addition to base pay. 


What makes ULA different?

Because we understand launch success comes through the collective efforts of a team, we seek the best to join us. We value ethics, ingenuity, diversity and professional development for employees at all levels.


We offer our employees competitive pay and benefits including:

  • 401(k) match plus an additional employer contribution
  • Discretionary annual incentive bonus for eligible employees
  • Generous paid time off
  • Flexible work environments


Additionally, most salaried ULA team members work a "9/80 schedule," meaning they enjoy every other Friday off.


Benefits and work schedules may vary for union-represented hourly positions and are described in the applicable collective bargaining agreement.


The application period for the job is estimated to be 20 days from the job posting date. However, this timeline may be shortened or extended depending on business needs and the availability of qualified candidates.


Security Clearance / International Traffic In Arms Regulations (ITAR). This position requires use of information which is subject to the International Traffic In Arms Regulations (ITAR). Therefore, all applicants must be U.S. Persons as defined in ITAR 22 CFR 120.62 (e.g., U.S. Citizen, Lawful Permanent Resident (Green Card holder) or protected individual. See 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(20) and 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3) for additional information).


ULA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other categories protected by law. 


ULA is a participant in the federal E-Verify Program. Posters in PDF format pertaining to this program can be accessed by clicking on the links identified below. E-Verify Participation poster (English / Spanish) and Right to Work Poster (English / Spanish).

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