Structures Analysis Engineer

Parque Industrial de Elche (Poligono Industrial), Spain


As a Structures Analysis Engineer at PLD Space, your mission is to optimize and validate the [JR1] design solution, contributing to weight optimization and guaranteeing rocket’s performance. You will also be involved you in hardware testing which is a key aspect of the job since it will allow you to validate designs and FEM via test correlations.


  • Achieve stress justification for new designs by using hand calcs and FEA methods for composites and metals.
  • Perform test predictions and test correlations in order to improve FEA confidence.
  • Perform complex modelling by creating global finite element model (GFEM) and detailed models (DFEM) both primary and secondary structures.
  • Perform linear and non-linear structural analyses.
  • Perform linear buckling analyses.
  • Perform random, sine and modal[JR2]  dynamic analyses.
  • Participate in the review[JR3]  process, preparing the necessary reports, memos and formal compliance documents (written in English).
  • Liaise with other functions when required to ensure stress requirements are needed.

Required Competencies

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Aeronautical, Mechanical or related engineering.
  • Experience with structural analysis, all methods are valuables (hand calculations, FEA linear, non-linear, buckling, explicit dynamics).
  • Fundamental knowledge of metallic structure behaviour and failure modes like strength and stability.
  • Experience with Finite Element Analysis software.
  • Self-motivated and able to work under pressure to meet deadlines, dealing with situations that are constrained by time and managing different tasks at once.
  • Proactive and good team worker.
  • Knowledge in scripting software such as MATLAB, Python or VBA
  • Fluent Spanish and English.

Desired Competencies

  • Proficient in using Finite Element Analysis principles and associated tools. Experience with HyperWorks/HyperMesh and OptiStruct is desirable.
  • Good Knowledge on MatLab and VBA Excel is desirable.
  • In-depth knowledge of engineering principles and design techniques relation to composite materials, classical laminate theory and finite element modelling techniques.
  • Knowledge in fatigue analysis.
  • Understanding of spacecraft manufacturing methods and processes.
  • Experience in FEA correlations, structures


  • Location: Elche.
  • Full time position.