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Research Engineers Job ID #31789 in Wichita, Kansas

Research, design, evaluate, install, operate, and maintain mechanical equipment to meet regulatory requirements. Support research activities and certification programs at the Composites and Structures Laboratories. Conduct research on composites cure kinetics and process-modeling using Finite Element Analysis software. Develop finite element analysis models for different research projects using Abaqus and/or NASTRAN. Coordinate with test engineers to facilitate correlation of analysis and experimental test results. Perform structural analysis for supporting full-scale structural tests, including the development of fatigue load spectrum and fatigue life analysis of critical components. Perform Computer Aided Design (CAD) modeling of component geometries, using CATIA V5. Develop optimized data analysis methods for structural test data using engineering programming languages and applications such as Fortran 77/90, MATLAB, and VBA. Calculate external static loads and perform fatigue and damage tolerance analysis. Document analysis and/or test data and generate final project reports and presentations. Assist senior laboratory staff to ensure proper accomplishment of daily activities including quality control, process implementation, and project performance. Review research laboratory procedures, recommend updates to current procedures, and implement new procedures as appropriate. Operate and maintain engineering laboratory equipment. Collaborate and coordinate with principal investigators/program managers, appropriate government and industry representatives, faculty members and research staff to ensure satisfactory completion of research and/or certification programs. Act as a Team Lead to lower level staff, predominately student researchers. Generate technical reports and presentations for research project status summaries and final reports. Master's degree in Engineering (Mechanical, Materials, Aerospace or a related field) and 2 years of industry experience in static loads analysis, fatigue and damage tolerance analysis of structures, and loads development for full-scale structural fatigue testing. This experience should include working with the following: Finite Element Analysis (FEA) software such as Abaqus and/or NASTRAN; CATIA V5 for Computer Aided Design (CAD); programming with Fortran 77/90, MATLAB, and VBA.

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Executive Director
Wichita State University
National Institute for Aviation Research
1845 Fairmount
Wichita, Kansas 67260

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