Principle Engineer – Composite Structures, Middletown, Connecticut

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Middletown, Connecticut

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United States of America


PW102: Middletown Aircraft Rd P.O. Box 611, Middletown, CT, 06457 USA

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Pratt & Whitney is working to once again transform the future of flight—designing, building and servicing engines unlike any the world has ever seen. And because transformation begins from within, we’re seeking the people to drive it. So, calling all curious. 

Come ready to explore and you’ll find a place where your talent takes flight—beyond the borders of title, a country or your comfort zone. Bring your passion and commitment and we’ll welcome you into a tight-knit team that takes our mission personally. Channel your drive to make a difference into shaping an organization and an industry that’s evolving fast to the future.

Innovation through diversity of thought. At Pratt & Whitney, we believe diversity of thought enables creativity, innovation, and a foundation for inclusion. By fostering an inclusive culture, we accept a shared accountability and responsibility to recognize, sponsor, coach, hire and promote talent equally. We welcome our employees to be their whole – best – selves at work because trust, respect and integrity, are a part of our DNA.

At Pratt & Whitney, the difference you make is on display every day. Just look up. Are you ready to go beyond?

Key Responsibilities:

Work on an Integrated Product Team & participating in projects aimed at crafting & implementing designs that meet advanced engine-specific requirements.
Function as Structures Lead for composite components.
Provide analytical support for preliminary & detailed design, through development, validation, certification, manufacturing & operational service.
Finite element modeling & analysis; calculation of ply stresses, natural frequencies, transient dynamic response, impact capability, fatigue life, & safety margins; monitoring of structural & engine tests; analysis of test results.
Apply state-of-the-art finite element-based methods to the design of jet engine components and assemblies for composite and metallic rotating and stationary structures.
Apply nonlinear, explicit dynamics methods to accurately simulate bird strike, blade-off, containment events.  Correlate results against rotating rig & full engine tests.  
Validate methods against subscale & full-scale static, dynamic and impact tests.
Cover validation testing (engine and rig) and data-reduction.
Develop computer & simulation-based methods &processes that support engineering productivity and throughput.
Document and present results to management and external customers
Coordinate with others to advance technology & improve engineering standard work processes/methods.
Mentor lesser experienced structures engineers.
Apply CORE (Customer Oriented Results & Competitive Excellence) tools within the Organization.

Basic Qualifications:

Bachelors of Science Degree in Engineering and 8+ years prior engineering experience OR
Advanced Degree in Engineering or in a related field and 5+ years engineering experience.
US Citizenship required due to government contracts.
Able to obtain and maintain a US Government Security Clearance.

Preferred Qualifications:

Active US Government Security Clearance.
Demonstrated proficiency in finite element modeling & analysis of geometrically complex components & assemblies which spans static & dynamic analysis.
Demonstrated track record of success with a combination of the following: NX, FiberSIM, TeamCenter, ANSYS, NASTRAN, Abaqus, LS-DYNA, Hypermesh, PATRAN, ProStar.
Mechanical properties testing, structural testing experience.
Knowledge of composite design & analysis technology.
Non-destructive testing methods for composites.

Travel: 10%

What is my role type?

In addition to transforming the future of flight, we are also transforming how and where we work. We’ve introduced role types to help you understand how you will operate in our blended work environment. This role is:

Hybrid: Employees who are working in Hybrid roles will work regularly both onsite and offsite. This means that responsibilities of the job need to be performed onsite on a regular basis.

Candidates will learn more about role type and current site status throughout the recruiting process. For onsite and hybrid roles, commuting to and from the assigned site is the employee’s personal responsibility.

Raytheon Technologies is An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status, age or any other federally protected class.

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