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Senior Stress Engineer

Pratt & Whitney

Independence, OH
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Senior Stress Engineer Description at United Technologies Corporation

Senior Stress Engineer

Business Unit UTC Aerospace Systems Job ID 49064BR Date posted 05/16/2017 City Independence State Ohio Country United States

Every second a plane takes off with UTC Aerospace Systems equipment onboard. From space exploration and defense to today’s more electric, more intelligent, more integrated aircraft – our systems make modern flight possible. And by “make it possible,” we mean: we start it, power it, control it, ventilate it, quiet it, land it, stop it and monitor it. We have more than 41,000 employees across 26 countries working at the forefront of technological innovation. Thanks to their efforts, our global reach and our market-leading position, we do big things no one else can do.

As a result of growth we are looking to add a Senior Stress Engineer to our highly skilled Landing Gear New Product Design & Development team at our Landing Gear facility in Independence, OH.

Primary Responsibilities:
Provide technical leadership for all stress related tasks of the project(s) assigned while working with the following:
· Project Head or Stress Lead to ensure that stress tasks are properly managed to achieve project delivery in accordance with project plans
· Integrated Product Team (IPT) to ensure Engineering integration into overall program requirements
· Divisional Engineering teams to ensure that engineering integrity is achieved, engineering procedures are complied, lessons learned are addressed and a robust trouble-free product is developed

Executes stress activities including:
· Customer / Suppliers:
§ Liaise with customer/Suppliers for all stress related issues
§ Foster strong customer relationships through accountability, transparency and credibility
· Integration / Planning:
§ Responsible and accountable for all stress tasks and its completion dates
§ Sets stress team priorities and objectives with a strong drive to meet expectations
§ Communicates progress and roadblocks with the Integrated Product Team (IPT), project head and stress lead
§ Assure that all UPI process are followed and documented within the “Standard Work Tool”
· Stress Tasks
§ Perform strength, stability, residual strength, fatigue, and fracture analyses of detail design of landing gear and systems structural components using both computer modeling and classical analysis methods
§ Construct and analyze finite element structural models
§ Prepare detailed stress reports
§ Provide technical guidance to other stress engineers
§ Review drawings/models with other company disciplines and provide structures input
§ Review design changes with other company disciplines and provide structures input
§ Prepare test plans by determining the requirements for laboratory and full-scale testing
§ Review test results and correlate with analytical models
§ Evaluate test results that may impact the design or require a design improvement
§ Analyze structural repairs for landing gear and systems structural components
§ May be assigned a work package or assigned to small program to act as the functional lead
§ Perform research in such fields as failure analysis, finite elements, and methods of stress analysis, thermal effects, fatigue, and fracture mechanics.
§ Utilize GLPDS tools to facilitate execution for stress related tasks
§ Present stress aspects at internal and external design reviews to ensure the design meets requirements and expectations
· Problem Resolution
§ Performs Engineering investigations into failures and participates in Root Cause and Corrective Action
§ Ensure timely and satisfactory resolution of problems
· Compliance
§ Ensures compliance to UTAS-LS engineering methodologies by providing direction/guidance to the stress team.
§ Maintains compliance to ITAR and regulatory requirements

· Occasional travel between customer/suppliers and UTAS locations
· Long term assignments may be required during the joint definition phases for new programs
· Support development of Landing Gear cultural initiatives through the use of UTAS 4-gear philosophy
· Perform other duties as required


Minimum Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering required and a minimum of 8 years of experience in aircraft stress analysis
  • Strong understanding of external loads, load paths, internal loads and free body diagrams
  • Demonstrated ability developing internal loads
  • Demonstrated ability developing formal certification stress reports
  • Demonstrated ability performing classical static and fatigue stress analysis
  • Prior use of PDM (Smarteam, MatrixOne, Teamcenter) system
  • Demonstrated use of Catia V5
  • Good understanding of computing tools and programs including the use of Microsoft Office and FE analysis tools such as PATRAN, NASTRAN, ANSYS and ABAQUS
  • Strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to maintain good working relationships with internal and external customers
  • Must be able to verify U.S. Person status as defined by International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)
  • UTAS-LS Enterprise Values including Ethical Behavior, Customer Focused Improvement, Accountability & Teamwork and Openness & Trust

Preferred Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have the following combination of education and experience:
  • Minimum 10+ years’ experience in Landing Gear design and development
  • Experience in new product development of transport and/or military type aircraft components and assemblies
  • Strong understanding of external loads, load paths, internal loads and free body diagrams
  • Skilled in ABAQUS, MathCAD, Excel VBA
  • Demonstrated experience in leading projects
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently
  • Prior use of Smarteam and MatrixOne
  • Strong interpersonal and presentation skills
  • Comfortable in dealing with and developing strong working relationships with internal and external customers


Bachelor's degree in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering plus a minimum of 8 years of experience in aircraft stress analysis

EEO/AAP Statement
United Technologies Corporation is An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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Pratt & Whitney is a recognized leading producer of the world's most advanced jet engines. This is your opportunity to join a company steeped in history yet focused on the future by developing engines that provide step-change improvements for the next generation of commercial aircraft and fifth generation military aircraft. Pratt & Whitney, a pioneer in flight and technology, is part of the United Technologies Corporation (UTC) family. UTC is a Fortune 50 company located in over 4,800 locations in approximately 80 countries with $65.2 billion in revenues in 2014.


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