NFT Inc is based in Mountain View, CA and developer of the ASKA™ – the first viable Electric Vertical Take-off and Landing vehicle (eVTOL) in the world with drive and fly capabilities, providing door to door transport for daily commuters and designed with a reasonable cost factor. The ASKA has both vertical and short takeoff and landing capabilities (VTOL and STOL).

 

We’re looking for a Senior Structural Engineer ( Structures, Loads & Dynamics) who loves challenges and wants to be an active member of our engineering team in Mountain View. 

 

ASKA is on an exciting journey skyward – NFT has signed a five-year Space Act Agreement with NASA to advance our participation in NASA’s Urban Air Mobility Grand Challenge, jointly organized with the FAA. Join us and you'll be an active influencer in designing Urban Air Mobility solutions that address the transportation challenges in today’s world!

 

This position will lead the optimization of the structural and mechanical design of the ASKA™ vehicle. As a member of our R&D team, you will be working closely on aero-mechanical design of the ASKA™ vehicle, ensuring optimum performance in an agile environment. Day-to-day activities involve creating CAD geometries, optimizing the structural design and validating it through FEA simulations. To validate the computational results, you will progress through bench, wind tunnel and flight testing, resulting in a fully operational vehicle.

 

Candidates must meet these requirements 

  • Minimum 5 years work experience as Structural Engineer designing wing structures of aircraft

  • BS in Mechanical Engineering

  • Option: MS with focus on structural design or a comparable industry career of 3+ years

  • No under-graduates or graduate students please

  • Sorry, no relocation to the Bay Area is offered, no exceptions

  • You must be authorized to work in the USA

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Conduct structural and stress analyses for optimal structural weight

  • Develop, create and validate aeronautical designs and mechanical components

  • Coordinate with engineering, suppliers, and program management to ensure optimum solutions, and that the design intent is maintained to production

  • Identify and develop creative solutions of designs and resolve engineering/structural/mechanical challenges

  • Prepare static and dynamic Finite Element Analyses and share findings with all team members

  • Innovate, develop and create viable new ideas

  • Participate and take responsibilities during the flight test experience

  • Document and present findings to cross-functional teams and management.

 

Required Experience

  • Minimum 5 years work experience at the mid-senior level of Structural Engineer

  • BS in mechanical engineering (no under-graduate or graduate students please)

  • MS with focus on structural design or a comparable industry career of 3+ years

  • Proficiency in composite/metal fabrication and manufacturing

  • High proficiency in FEA

  • Proficient in part and assembly geometry creation, GD&T, simplification and data management using CAD software, preferably SolidWorks and Siemens NX

  • Proficient in aircraft metal and composite design structure

  • Experience with aircraft mechanical system design and systems integration prefered

  • Experience with flight testing, including instrumentation, data acquisition and processing a plus

  • A background in S/VTOL aircraft design is desired.