Stress Methods Senior Staff Lead Engineer

Archer Technologies

Archer Technologies

San Jose, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Archer is an aerospace company based in San Jose, California building an all-electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft with a mission to advance the benefits of sustainable air mobility. We are designing, manufacturing, and operating an all-electric aircraft that can carry four passengers for 100 miles at speeds of up to 150 mph while producing minimal noise.

Our sights are set high and our problems are hard, and we believe that diversity in the workplace is what makes us smarter, drives better insights, and will ultimately lift us all to success. We are dedicated to cultivating an equitable and inclusive environment that embraces our differences, and supports and celebrates all of our team members.

What You’ll Do:

  • Demonstrate structural integrity of static strength, stiffness, stability, fatigue, durability,
    damage tolerance and other requirements through hand calculations and finite element
    methods supported by test.
  • Develop methods based on structural analysis hand calculations and finite element
    modeling that get validated by test.
  • Authors and reviews stress analysis documentation.
  • Support stress team engineers with tool automation.
  • Supporting component and assembly tests, including definition, planning, requirements,
    and report writing.
  • Helps in the mentoring and development of junior structural analysis engineers. Provide
    guidance to junior level stress engineers with regards to appropriate and certifiable
    analysis methods, process and tools.
  • Collaborate with suppliers and engineers from loads, design, M&P, structural testing and
    certification throughout the entire product development process from prototype to high
    rate production ensuring regulatory compliance

What You Need:

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering (or related) with 20+ years related to structural analysis
    or relevant disciplines. Relevant graduate degrees may account for post Bachelor’s
  • In-depth understanding of loading scenarios, free body diagrams, behavior of aircraft
    components and mechanics of composite materials.
  • Advanced proficiency in hand calculations and finite element analysis of composite
    structures and metallic structures.
  • Proficient with programming, scripting, and contains engineering automation experience.
  • Ability to generate and review detailed structural analysis reports and aircraft type
    certification documents.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and succinctly in written and visual form.
  • Attention to detail, strong organization and time management skills.
  • Highly experienced in the method validation process based on test data.
  • Excellent understanding of static versus dynamic analysis.
  • Self-starter, team player, and desire to work in a fast-paced environment.

Bonus Qualifications:

  • Experience with the manufacturing of composite parts or mechanical systems.
  • FAA DER Structures Candidate.
  • Proficiency with NX or other CAD software.
  • Expert knowledge of Femap/Nastran and Abaqus.
  • Hands on experience working within aircraft certification program.
  • Excellent understanding of FAR Part 23/27 regulations.
  • Experience with Fatigue and Damage Tolerance.

Please note that this job description is intended to provide a general overview of the position and does not include an exhaustive list of responsibilities and qualifications

At Archer we aim to attract, retain, and motivate talent that possess the skills and leadership necessary to grow our business. We drive a pay-for-performance culture and reward performance that supports the Company’s business strategy. For this position we are targeting a base pay between $144,000 - $180,000. Actual compensation offered will be determined by factors such as job-related knowledge, skills, and experience.

Archer is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to job applicants with physical or mental disabilities, and those with sincerely held religious beliefs. Applicants who may require reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should provide their name and contact information to Archer’s People Team at Reasonable accommodations will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Archer is unable to provide work visa sponsorship for this position at the present time.
Archer is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusivity in the workplace. All aspects of employment are decided on the basis of merit, qualifications, and business needs. We do not discriminate based upon race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.
Archer Aviation does not engage with external recruiting agencies/individual recruiters with whom it does not have a prior written agreement. Archer reserves the right to make use of any unsolicited resumes that it receives and bears no responsibility for payment of any fees asserted from the use of unsolicited resumes. If you are a recruiting agency or individual recruiter wishing to do business with Archer, please reach out to All employment processes are managed by the Archer People Team.