Strength Analyst Engineer 3

Date: May 9, 2024

Location: Decatur, ALABAMA, US, 35601

Company: United Launch Alliance

Requisition ID: 4

Location: ULA - Decatur 

Relocation: Yes- Relocation may be available 

Travel Requirements: None/Infrequent 


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


  • Job responsibilities include performing strength, fatigue and fracture analysis for structural components.
  • Candidate will be required to create analysis models, perform hand calculations and have an understanding of analysis best practices to provide strength inputs and recommendations for new designs, installations, ground, and handling equipment. 
  • Candidate will be required to review and approve 3-D engineering layouts, 3-D models, designs / drawings and 2-D drawing changes for a variety of mechanical system components.
  • Candidate will make engineering design recommendations with consideration of thermal, mechanical and pressure loading using appropriate material properties, configurations, safety factors, etc.
  • Analysis results will be documented in strength reports. Additionally, the candidate will support internal peer reviews, tabletop reviews and formal design reviews as needed. Will also need to support fast paced design/analysis cycles and be able to evaluate hardware non-conformances to support production activities.
  • Candidate will participate in internal/external design reviews, technical interchange meetings (TIMs), and may be expected to present analysis products at preliminary/critical design reviews (PDR/CDR). 


Required Education



Required Years of Experience

Minimum of 4 years of related work experience


Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering or related technical field from an accredited college or university is required.
  • Understanding of analysis tools and methodology such as:
    • NASTRAN (Static, Modal, Dynamic and Non-Linear Analysis Solutions)
    • FEMAP pre/post processor
  • Ability to make design recommendations based on analysis results/experience.
  • Fundamental knowledge of statics and mechanics of materials.
  • Experience analyzing structural components (machine primary/secondary structure).
  • Understanding of bolted joint modeling and analysis, GD&T standards and principles, analysis best practices and underlying assumptions, and basic hand calculations.
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively in a team environment are essential.
  • Attention to detail with the ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.


Preferred Qualifications

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.



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).

Nearest Major Market: Decatur