Senior Composites Structural Analyst at Wisk Aero | Powderkeg

Location: Mountain View, CA

Employment Type: Full-time

Team: Mechanical Engineering

At Wisk, we're transforming the future of urban mobility through safe, all- electric, autonomous flight. We are a passionate team working together toward a sustainable future, solving high-impact problems that have never been solved before. By delivering everyday flight for everyone, we're making it possible to spend less time getting there and more time being there. If you want to be part of shaping the future of mobility, then read on!

We are seeking a Senior Composites Structural Analyst to join our team developing our next generation electric-powered aircraft. You will work closely with other team members, including design, manufacturing, and test engineers, to develop and validate designs for the airframe and other composite components. Your responsibilities will consist of performing analyses and supporting testing to demonstrate the structural integrity and performance of the component and vehicle designs.

Specific tasks you will perform include: using closed form and other analytical solutions to support conceptual and preliminary design activities; building, running, and post-processing finite element models of various levels of fidelity to simulate the response of designs to static, cyclic, and transient dynamic loads; using FEA and other methods to calculate loads and margins of safety; supporting structural tests at various scales by defining test plans, monitoring tests, and evaluating test data; and providing suggested design modifications to the design teams to improve the designs.

Within 1 month you will:

  • Get to know the team
  • Shadow design engineers, manufacturing engineers, technicians, and other analysts to become familiar with the aircraft
  • Become functional in our FEA, CAD, and PLM tools

Within 3 months you will:

  • Continue learning about the aircraft and subsystem assemblies
  • Become proficient in our FEA tools
  • Take ownership of new design and analysis projects
  • Understand and apply loads sourced from internal loads documents and global FEA models
  • Work with design engineers to develop and improve part and assembly designs

Within 6 months you will:

  • Reach a high level of familiarity with the aircraft and subassemblies like wings, fuselage, empennage, and the equipment carried within
  • Troubleshoot issues discovered during testing and production of hardware


  • Bachelor's degree in Mechanical, Aerospace, or Structural Engineering
  • 5+ years of experience performing structural analysis of composite components for high performance applications
  • Strong understanding of composites engineering fundamentals (mechanics of materials, classical lamination theory, material property characterization, design best practices, analysis methods, manufacturing processes)
  • Familiar with commercial FEA software such as NASTRAN, Abaqus, ANSYS, or similar
  • Experience with structural testing of composite components or assemblies
  • Experience supporting composites production manufacturing, including the disposition of hardware non-conformances


  • Master’s degree in Mechanical, Aerospace, or Structural Engineering
  • Experience performing structural analysis to support airframe conceptual and detailed design
  • Experience working with other engineers to improve the manufacturability of a product (Design for Manufacturing) while controlling cost and weight
  • Composites design or hands-on composites manufacturing experience
  • Familiar with CAD software such as NX (preferred), Fibersim (preferred), Solidworks, CATIA, or similar
  • Experience using Product Lifecycle Management software

We are located in Mountain View just a couple of hundred feet from Shoreline Lake and its surrounding walking/jogging trails. We offer a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision and life insurance (company pays 100% of employee premium), alternative work schedule (9/80), flexible time off, 10 company holidays, a 401(k) plan with 50% company matching (no vesting period), commuter assistance, and education assistance. And on top of all that, we also offer a variety of perks such as free catered lunches, flight lessons, gym membership subsidies, snacks, drinks, fruits, employee referral bonus, charitable giving match, patent bonus program, happy hours and many more.

In order to protect the health and safety of all Wisk employees in the workplace, we are requiring that all employees receive an FDA-authorized vaccination against COVID-19 prior to physically returning to Wisk’s U.S. offices. Exceptions/accommodations are considered for employees with disabilities or sincerely-held religious beliefs or practices that prevent them from being vaccinated against COVID-19.

Wisk Aero provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Wisk Aero abides by applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Wisk Aero is an E-Verify employer.

Job Summary
  • Job Title
    Senior Composites Structural Analyst
  • Company
    Wisk Aero
  • Location
    Mountain View, CA
  • Employment Type
    Full time
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