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Sr. Aircraft Structures Design Engineer

Overair, Inc.
Santa Ana, CA
  • Posted: over a month ago
  • Full-Time
Job Description

Company Overview:

At Overair, we are dedicated to bring next generation sustainable air transportation to everyone. Our answer is Butterfly, an all-electric vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft designed to safely and affordably carry passengers over traffic and congestion. Butterfly leverages over two decades of VTOL aircraft development, patented VTOL technology, and flight vehicle experience.

Overair believes in the lofty goals of sustainable air mobility and we are committed to solving the hard challenges along the way. We are building an industry leading team covering an expanse of skills, talents, and expertise in order to build a superior electric VTOL aircraft. If you enjoy solving difficult problems, and seeing your ideas and visions expressed in flight hardware, we want you on our team.

Job Overview:

Overair is seeking an experienced Sr. Airframe Design Engineer to take ownership of significant parts of the composite aircraft structure. Qualified candidates will be responsible for overseeing, designing, developing, and analyzing composite and metallic parts and assemblies for the aircraft primary and secondary structure. This role requires the candidate to thrive in a high paced environment and be comfortable with the design, development, and test life cycle of rapid aerospace R&D. This role will include interfacing with engineering management, certification authorities, operations, external suppliers, and fellow design engineers, so strong communication and inter-personal skills are required.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Generate and evaluate conceptual layouts for primary and secondary aircraft structure
    • Includes fuselage, wings, nacelles, blades, landing gear
  • Define key system requirements and take ownership of them through the design life-cycle
    • Collaborate on internal design standards and methodologies
  • Design composite parts and assemblies for primary and secondary flight structures
    • Create CAD parts and assemblies, create drawings for manufacture, assembly instructions
  • Perform initial sizing of composite parts, components, and assemblies
    • Hand calculations, spreadsheets, initial FEA/FEM
  • Review other composite designs and drawings
    • Review for design intent, sizing, and manufacturability
  • Support structural test efforts (ground and flight)
  • Mentor other design engineers and analysts

Required Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 8 years of professional industry experience
  • BS, MS, or PhD in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering or related field
  • Extensive composite design aptitude and analytical mindset and a track record of composite part design in aerospace weight critical applications
  • Extensive experience designing critical composite structural components, which have been sized for strength, stiffness, fatigue, damage tolerance, or combination thereof
  • Extensive understanding of composite design fundamentals and analysis methods for structures, assemblies, and joints
  • Deep knowledge in composites manufacturing in aerospace applications
  • Highly experienced in 3D CAD and model setup using 3DExperience (preferred), CATIA V5/V6, SolidWorks or equivalent
  • Highly skilled in generating composite ply definitions using 3DExperience (preferred)
  • Engineering leadership experience and mentoring other engineers
  • Experience supporting ground and flight testing of complex systems
  • Experience with design, analysis, and verification of certified composite aircraft structures e.g. 14CFR Part23/CS-23 or equivalent

Desired Qualifications

  • Extensive Experience with finite element analytical tools such as HyperMesh, OptiStruct, Nastran, ANSYS or similar
  • Experience with composite inspection (NDI) techniques and methods
  • Familiarity with composite material allowables generation and test programs
  • Prior experience preparing certification plans and reports, and interacting directly with FAA specialists or Designees, is highly desirable
  • Experience with high rate composites manufacturing methods (fiber placement, resin transfer molding, compression molding, thermoplastics)

Summary of Benefits:

  • Medical – Company provides no cost Medical coverage for employee and all dependents.
  • Dental & Vision – Company pays for 80% of Dental and Vision coverage for employee and 50% for each dependent.
  • 401(k) plan – Employee eligible on first day of work, 6% Company-match, no vesting period.
  • Company-paid Life Insurance Plan
  • 8 weeks of supplemental Paid Family Leave
  • Paid Time Off:
    • Vacation: 4 weeks/year
    • Holiday: 10 days/year
    • Sick Time: 48 hours/year
    • Volunteer Time: 8 hours/year

Overair, Inc.


Santa Ana, CA



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