Materials & Process Engineer

Job Expired

Mojave, California, United States

Full Time

8 months ago

Job description


Stratolaunch is a technology accelerator that engineers operationally realistic testing at Mach 5+. Our air-launched, Talon testbeds are reusable, cost-effective platforms that enable routine access to the hypersonic environment. We deliver flight data critical to validating system performance and achieving rapid technology deployment. Together with our customers, we drive innovations that are imperative to advancing national security.


To help achieve these efforts, Stratolaunch is seeking a level II, Sr, or Staff Materials & Process Engineer to contribute to composite materials development. This includes researching and developing composite materials and joints, generating detailed test plans and reports, and creating material processes for the shop and engineering to use. Additionally, this person will contribute to allowable database development for our composite materials. This candidate will implement technology upgrades that improve the competitive basis of the Stratolaunch architecture. You must be comfortable with component/system development and integration. This position will include evaluation of a broad range of technical data. Candidates must have an aerospace development background and relevant experience in aerospace systems integration.


  • Evaluate new materials used in the Stratolaunch architecture, with a primary focus on high temperature composite materials and a secondary focus on low-temp composite materials
  • Execute composite material testing for various elements of the Stratolaunch architecture – both laminate and joint testing; both high and low temp
  • Generate test plans and reports for composite material and joint tests
  • Modify and maintain composite processing guidelines for engineering and the shop
  • Contribute to modifications of the Stratolaunch composite materials databases
  • Provide guidance to fellow engineers on composite materials selection
  • Help develop process qualification and inspection standards for vehicle fabrication and assembly
  • Troubleshoot composite processing issues with the shop and engineering and assist in dispositioning those issues
  • Contribute to the transition of the Mojave facilities from an aircraft manufacturing site to a high speed vehicle processing facility
  • Regular and comprehensive communication to the M&P Lead on a weekly and monthly basis
  • Evaluate risks and risk mitigation plans to determine if the risks are appropriate and risk mitigations are adequate
  • Contribute to the integration of complex aerospace systems
  • Travel, as needed, to support the company
  • Demonstrate honesty, responsibility, integrity and fulfillment of commitments


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential responsibility satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Required Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of, and experience with, one or more of these disciplines: high temperature composite materials, composite materials database development, composite materials testing, composite structures design and analysis
  • Experience with low temperature pre-preg composite materials
  • Experience with pre-preg layups and/or wet tie joint assemblies
  • Facilitation skills and ability to communicate technical challenges and guidance to varied audiences to present technical solutions and resolve questions
  • Ability to work on their own initiative and prioritize tasking to fit within the business goals
  • Ability to quickly adapt to changing priorities

Required Computer Skills:

  • CAD (CATIA or Solidworks)
  • MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with high temp composite materials
  • Composite material database development
  • Composite materials testing experience
  • Experience with composite structures design and analysis
  • Hands-on experience with composite structure fabrication, including M&P coupons
  • Experience in the aerospace sector
  • TS Security clearance


  • Level II ($85,000-$123,000): Bachelor’s degree (B.S.) from accredited institution and 2-5 years of engineering experience, OR equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Sr Level ($104,000-$155,000): Bachelor’s degree (B.S.) from accredited institution and 5-10 years of engineering experience, OR equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Staff Level ($126,000-$195,000): Bachelor’s degree (B.S.) from accredited institution and 10-20 years of engineering experience, OR equivalent combination of education and experience

Special remarks regarding work environment, if applicable

  •    Position based in Mojave, CA, minimally 75% on-site
  •    Travel, as needed, to support the departmentTravel estimated to be <10%


Benefits and our location:

  • Relocation eligible to local area – Mojave, CA
  • 9/80 schedule
  • Healthcare (medical, dental, vision, prescription drugs)
  • Paid Maternity and Parental Leave up to 16 weeks
  • 50% company match per contributed dollar into 401(k) savings plan, up to the IRS annual limit
  • Tuition reimbursement for continued education


Mojave Air & Spaceport is located 95 miles north of Los Angeles. To outsiders it may seem like it is the middle-of-nowhere, but it offers both affordability and central access to a variety of Californias best attractions and landmarks. Hikers will find themselves within a 2-3 hours distance of some of the best state and national parks, including Yosemite and Sequoia in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Skiers will delight in being closely distanced to world-class resorts at Mammoth Mountain, Mountain High, and Big Bear. Beachgoers can find plenty of sand, sun, and sunsets at both Southern and Central California beaches like Ventura, Huntington, Santa Monica, and Pismo. The area also offers plenty of rural area for off-roading and horseback riding enthusiasts.


Not much for the outdoors and prefer the city life? Youre within a half days drive or less of Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas, and San Francisco where you can find a variety of live entertainment, museums, tours, and historical sight-seeing. Theme parks are in abundance, with Six Flags Magic Mountain, Disneyland, and Knotts Berry Farm ready to meet the needs of rollercoaster thrill seekers.


Food and drink fanatics are in a haven of delectable choices. Wine aficionados will also find easy access to some of the states best vino in Paso Robles, Santa Ynez, and even more locally in Tehachapi and Agua Dulce. Beer fanatics will find some of the best West Coast IPAs at Bravery and Lucky Luke’s in Lancaster. Any food option you crave is covered, and we always recommend the authentic and fresh Mexican food that you wont find anywhere else in the United States.


Applicants must be a US citizen or Green Card holder to be considered for this role.

Stratolaunch is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at our company. We encourage people from all walks of life to apply, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law.  Our management team does not tolerate discrimination or harassment at any point during our employees’ and applicants’ time with us, especially with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities, and general treatment during employment.

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