Senior Aircraft Structural Design Engineer, Composites

Anduril Industries

Anduril Industries

Costa Mesa, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, August 30, 2023
Anduril Industries is a defense technology company with a mission to transform U.S. and allied military capabilities with advanced technology. By bringing the expertise, technology, and business model of the 21st century’s most innovative companies to the defense industry, Anduril is changing how military systems are designed, built and sold. Anduril’s family of systems is powered by Lattice OS, an AI-powered operating system that turns thousands of data streams into a realtime, 3D command and control center. As the world enters an era of strategic competition, Anduril is committed to bringing cutting-edge autonomy, AI, computer vision, sensor fusion, and networking technology to the military in months, not years.


  • Utilize first principle methods and design tools to develop new aircraft products
  • Own development of primary and secondary aircraft structural parts and assemblies (metallic and composite) from preliminary design through prototype manufacturing
  • Perform complex modelling and finite element analysis at the detailed component level, major assembly level, and aircraft level (analysis simulations to include strength, buckling, damage tolerance, and delamination)
  • Apply design for manufacturing concepts to create solutions that are cost effective and easy to manufacture at rate
  • Conduct trade studies and perform design and analysis research of complex engineering concepts to determine an optimal solution for weight, performance, manufacturability, cost, and/or schedule
  • Collaborate in a multidisciplinary environment to solve complex, open-ended problems with an emphasis on schedule and cost objectives
  • Coordinate work with mechanical systems, systems integration, aerodynamics, manufacturing, project engineering, and other team members
  • Onsite engineering support at manufacturing and integration sites


  • Bachelor’s or higher degree in engineering or a related technical degree with a focus on structures
  • 5+ years of experience in aircraft design or aircraft structural analysis
  • Strong technical knowledge in core engineering principles, fundamental mechanics of composite materials, design, analysis, testing, and fabrication
  • Deep understanding of load paths, design practices, and hand calculations to design robust structurally efficient assemblies
  • Proven ability to design high performance structures and execute their fabrication
  • Self-directed, results oriented, and capable of working in a dynamic environment
  • Excellent time management, organizational, and communication skills
  • US DoD Secret Clearance or higher (or ability to obtain and maintain such a clearance)


  • Proficiency with NX CAD, SimCenter Nastran, and Fibersim tools
  • Experience with fast paced prototype design and manufacture of uncrewed aircraft
  • Broad experience across a range of aircraft structures (fuselage, wings, empennage, pylons, nacelles, etc.)
  • Hands-on experience with composites manufacturing of varying processes (prepreg, infusion, press molding, etc.)
  • Practical aircraft knowledge (pilots license, A&P, etc.)
For Full Time Employment Opportunities: The salary range for this role is an estimate based on a wide range of compensation factors, inclusive of base salary only. Actual salary offer may vary based on (but not limited to) work experience, education and/or training, critical skills, and/or business considerations. Highly competitive equity grants are included in all offers and are considered part of Anduril’s total compensation package. Additionally, Anduril offers top-tier benefits, including comprehensive medical, dental, and vision plans, employee life and disability, mental health and family planning benefits with all premiums paid by Anduril. Anduril provides fully paid medical leave, paid company holidays, and paid time off. A professional development stipend is available to all Andurilians and all on-site meals are fully subsidized during the work week through use of our gourmet kitchens. The recruiter assigned to this role can share more information about the specific compensation and benefit details associated with this role during the hiring process.
Anduril is an equal-opportunity employer committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace. The Anduril team is made up of incredibly talented and unique individuals, who together are disrupting industry norms by creating new paths towards the future of defense technology. All qualified applicants will be treated with respect and receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, uniform service, Veteran status, age, or any other protected characteristic per federal, state, or local law, including those with a criminal history, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws, including the CA Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance. We actively encourage members of recognized minorities, women, Veterans, and those with disabilities to apply, and we work to create a welcoming and supportive environment for all applicants throughout the interview process. If you are someone passionate about working on problems that have a real-world impact, we’d love to hear from you!