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Textron Structural Qualification Engineer in Fort Worth, Texas

Structural Qualification Engineer


We are pioneers. We were the first to break the sound barrier and design the first functional jetpack. We were aboard NASA’s first lunar mission and brought advanced tiltrotor systems to market. Today, we are defining the future of on-demand mobility. At Bell, we are proud to be an iconic company with superb talent, rapidly creating novel and coveted vertical lift experiences.

Bell is seeking a self-motivated Fatigue and Damage Tolerance Engineer to support the development of V-280 in response to the Army’s FLRAA program. The Engineer will develop program specific qualification methodologies and conduct fatigue and damage tolerance analysis in support of the V-280 program.

As a member of the cross-functional Structural Qualification team, knowledge of test methods and material development processes is also desired. The Structural Qualification team is integrally involved in product development and various qualification efforts throughout the Air Vehicle lifecycle. This includes analysis of material data, design guidance, manufacturing and processing determinations, various levels of test support, structural qualification testing and analysis, and sustainment of the fielded product.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with other internal and partner program teams including Design, Analysis, Materials and Processes, and Strategic Sourcing as well as with enterprise wide organizations such as Manufacturing Innovation and Engineering Laboratories.

  • Work with customer/certification authorities to establish structural qualification requirements and present results.

  • Perform detailed safe life and damage tolerant analyses of primary and secondary structures to establish component retirement times and inspection intervals.

  • Support configuration development and trade studies by applying fundamental engineering principles and detailed analyses.

  • Mentor junior engineers to develop an understanding of applicable methodologies, tools, and processes

  • Become the recognized Fatigue and/or Damage Tolerance Subject Matter Expert for the program

  • Strategic planning of program objectives leading to rotorcraft qualification.


Education Requirement:

  • Bachelor’s Degree inMechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Material Science Engineering, orsimilar.Advanced degree preferred.

Position Requirements:

  • Comprehensiveunderstanding of linear-elastic fracture mechanics fundamentals:

  • Demonstrated experiencewith hand-calc methods and analysis codes such as NASGRO, AFGROW, FRANC3D,Ansys, Abaqus, Etc.

  • 8 years’experience with fatigue and damage tolerance test and analysis of aircraft orrotorcraft structures including:

  • Load path definition andstrength analysis

Flight data reduction,exceedance curve development, and fatigue spectrum generation

DaDT methods, fatiguecrack growth, safe-life/fail-safe approaches, residual strength analysessupporting certification programs

Fatigue testing at coupon,sub-scale, and full-scale article levels for metallic and non-metallic materialsystems

  • Proficiencywith standard office computing software

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

Position Preferences:

  • Familiarity with MIL-STD-3063 requirements

  • Familiarity with FAA rules 2X.571 and 2X.573 and associated AC material is aplus

  • Knowledge of rotorcraft structure is preferred

Don’t miss the chance to join a diverse, inclusive environment where you feel asense of belonging. As a member of our global workforce, you will collaboratewith dedicated, enthusiastic teams where unique experiences, backgrounds andideas combined with a strong passion for our products take us above and beyondflight.

EEO Statement

Textron is committed to providing Equal Opportunity in Employment, to all applicants and employees regardless of, race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, military status, veteran status, handicap, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by law.

Pay Transparency Policy Statement

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise, have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.

Job Engineering

Primary Location US-Texas-Fort Worth

Recruiting Company Bell Textron Inc.

Schedule Full-time

Job Level Individual Contributor

Shift First Shift

Req ID: 285897