Mojave, California, USA



Structural Engineer


Position Summary

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 I, Level II, or Sr-Level Structural Engineer to own and support design, analysis, and modification of the Roc Carrier Aircraft structure. This position will focus on both the development of new structural design from concept to execution, as well as upgrades and maintenance of legacy Roc structure.


As a Roc Carrier Aircraft Structural Engineer, you will contribute to a small design team. Your tasking may include conceptual design trade studies, detailed design tasks, testing, and integration support.



  • Execute end-to-end structure projects comprising of design, analysis, manufacturing, test, & inspection for modification & development of new designs
  • Execute structural analysis, justification, &/or modification of legacy Roc Aircraft structure for envelope expansion and maintainability
  • Perform hand calculations to size design and support detailed design
  • Perform detail design, procure parts, advocate design through review process, document design
  • Evaluate requirement needs or problem statements and propose solutions
  • Evaluate both technical and programmatic risk for potential solutions
  • Develop design and analysis tools, as needed, to complete tasking
  • Test project as required, lead testing, evaluate data and hold closeout reviews
  • Prepare project for flight and brief status at Flight Readiness Reviews and other similar events
  • 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: structural design, structural analysis, aircraft and/or launch vehicle integration, component or assembly level structural testing.
  • Ability to analyze designs using hand calculations
  • Experience with part design and manufacturing methods
  • Ability to communicate technical challenges and provide interface guidance to varied audiences
  • Ability to work on their own initiative and prioritize tasking to fit within the business goals
  • Ability to quickly adapt to changing priorities
  • U.S. Person status


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience developing & testing primary and secondary structure
  • Experience building FEMs and performing primary and/or secondary structure FEA
  • Dispositioning Nonconformance Issues
  • Hands-on aircraft build, pilot, flight test experience
  • Aircraft and/or launch vehicle development experience


Required Computer Skills:

  • Proficiency with CAD (Catia V5, Solidworks, NX, etc.)
  • MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint)


Preferred Computer Skills:

  • Familiarity with configuration management systems – Jira preferred
  • Structural Analysis Tools (FEMAP & NASTRAN)
  • Scripting languages (Python, Matlab, or similar)



  • Level I ($70,000-$97,500): Bachelor’s degree (B.S.) from accredited institution and 0-2 years of engineering experience, OR equivalent combination of education and experience
  • 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


Special remarks regarding work environment, if applicable

  • Position based in Mojave, CA.
  • Travel estimated to be <5%


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
  • 50% company match per contributed dollar into 401(k) savings plan up to the IRS annual limit
  • Tuition reimbursement


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 California’s 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? You’re within a half day’s 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 state’s 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 won’t 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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