Archer is hiring a

Senior Staff Airframe Design Engineer

San Jose, United States

Archer is an aerospace company based in San Jose, California building an all-electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft with a mission to advance the benefits of sustainable air mobility. We are designing, manufacturing, and operating an all-electric aircraft that can carry four passengers for 100 miles at speeds of up to 150 mph while producing minimal noise. 

Our sights are set high and our problems are hard, and we believe that diversity in the workplace is what makes us smarter, drives better insights, and will ultimately lift us all to success. We are dedicated to cultivating an equitable and inclusive environment that embraces our differences, and supports and celebrates all of our team members.

What you’ll do: 

  • Lead the development of major structural airframe assemblies from preliminary design through certification, and manufacturing ramp up

  • Prioritize task allocation to other team members to achieve the schedule milestones

  • Apply in depth understanding of load paths, design best practices, and hand calcs to design robust structural configurations

  • Apply design for manufacturing concepts to create designs that are cost effective and easy to fabricate at rate. Preferred experience with composite sandwich construction and adhesive paste bonding

  • Develop company standards for composite and metallic part CAD models and drawings 

  • Work closely with and mentor other engineers on the design, stress and M&P teams

  • Provide technical guidance on design concepts (risk vs. cost vs. performance)

  • Support manufacturing to validate and verify that designs meet requirements and specifications

What you need:

  • 10+ years of experience with lightweight structures (aircraft, spacecraft, other high performance vehicles)

  • Bachelor’s degree in an Engineering field

  • Ability to design and analyze simple components

  • A deep understanding of load paths and laminate design fundamentals

  • Strong CAD skills in NX (preferred), Solidworks, Catia or Creo

  • Familiarity with PDM systems

  • Experience with the manufacturing of composite parts

  • Experience with analyzing and dispositioning non-conformances

  • Knowledge of FAA aircraft certification requirements for Part 23 aircraft

  • Self-starter, team player, and desire to work in a fast-paced environment

Bonus Qualifications:

  • Experience with the design of small passenger aircraft or helicopters

  • Broad experience across a range of airframe structures (fuselage, wing, pylons, empennage)

  • Experience with composite laminate definition in FiberSim

At Archer we aim to attract, retain, and motivate talent that possess the skills and leadership necessary to grow our business. We drive a pay-for-performance culture and reward performance that supports the Company’s business strategy. For this position we are targeting a base pay between $188,000.00-$235,000.00. Actual compensation offered will be determined by factors such as job-related knowledge, skills, and experience.

Archer is unable to provide work visa sponsorship for this position at the present time.
Archer is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusivity in the workplace. All aspects of employment are decided on the basis of merit, qualifications, and business needs. We do not discriminate based upon race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.
Archer Aviation does not engage with external recruiting agencies/individual recruiters with whom it does not have a prior written agreement. Archer reserves the right to make use of any unsolicited resumes that it receives and bears no responsibility for payment of any fees asserted from the use of unsolicited resumes. If you are a recruiting agency or individual recruiter wishing to do business with Archer, please reach out to All employment processes are managed by the Archer People Team.

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