Senior Stress Engineer (Structural/Thermal Analysis) - Aero Systems
Niles, IL 
Posted 1 day ago
Job Description


Position Purpose:

The Senior Stress Analysis Engineer reports to Engineering Leadership and whose focus is performing independent evaluation, selection, and substantial adaptation and modification of standard techniques, procedures and criteria in carrying out a sequence of engineering tasks. This position works under a moderate to low level of supervision. Independent technical decisions on work are covered by precedents; this position seeks direction/guidance on novel or controversial problems. In addition, this position may participate in project-specific relationship building with Customers, Suppliers, individuals or organizations.

This position will support primarily structural and thermal analysis.

Essential Functions:

  • Structural and thermal analysis of electromechanical systems
  • Support both components (motors / brakes / clutches / sensors) all the way through more complex systems (linear and rotary actuators and associated electronic controllers, cockpit controls)
  • Mix of classical first principals physics calculations and higher fidelity simulations (finite element analysis)
  • Support both development of new platform technologies and execution of existing platforms to new applications
  • Creates analysis tools and standards used by the rest of the engineering community
  • Plans, schedules and coordinates detailed analysis phases of a project. Performs analysis of moderate to complex components and systems with minimal guidance.
  • Competent with basic analysis techniques. Devises new approaches to problems encountered.
  • Provides direction to level 1 and 2 Analysts. May mentor level 1 and 2 Analysts. Create self-development plan.
  • Participates in peer and design reviews. Review, critique, and edit reports.
  • Develop/improve techniques and tools to assist project and design engineering. Actively contribute the Woodward Engineering Manual.
  • Interacts with internal departments and customers to identify and mitigate design risks associated with their analysis discipline.
  • Creates analysis models to support robust and reliable designs. Validate model results against test data, identify any significant differences and source.
  • Writes reports and gives presentations to customers and internal management.
  • Demonstrates awareness of multiple customer requirements and defines analysis objectives which specifically addresses the requirements and verifies compliance.
  • Supports failure investigations.

Other Functions:

  • Assist Test Engineering with test planning - gage location, gage ranging.
  • May participate in IRAD/special projects to develop novel technologies, or methods.
  • Active participant in failure investigations and development of effective corrective actions.


  • Performs mechanical analysis on moderately complex subsystems and systems including dynamic and nonlinear effects using analytical and computational methods. Analysis disciplines may include:Static Stress, Dynamic Stress, Modal Response, Shock and Vibration, Fatigue, Thermal, Fluid Dynamics and Electromagnetics.

Materials and Equipment Used:

  • PC and realted equipment.



  • Working knowledge of standards and the ability to apply complex groupings of standards into designs.
  • Solidunderstanding of component function and testing requirements. Ability to interpret engineering data and drawings pertinent to focus role area.
  • Solid use of DFSS tools and methodologies; solid knowledge of engineering quality systems (PLC, engineering change, configuration management).
  • Effective time management skills.Able to manage multiple activities and competing priorities.
  • Participates in setting technical direction.
  • Advanced written/verbal communication skills and presentation skills; solid technical writing skills (procedures, reports, etc.).
  • Ability to effectively operate in the project team environment and communicate with customers.
  • Proficient use and understanding of computer aided engineering tools for mechanical analysis; Finite Element Analysis, Equation solvers. Strong knowledge of manufacturing processes, drawings and geometric dimensioning and tolerances as well as shop standards and procedures.
  • Proficient use and understanding of state of the art system modeling and dynamics analysis tools. Proficient understanding of dynamics analysis and validation processes. Basic understanding of mechanical, electrical and software design. Understanding in at least one of these areas.

Education or Formal Training:

  • Bachelor's degree in a Technical/Science or International equivalent required.
  • Master's degree in a Technical/Science or International equivalent desired.

Experience Required:

  • Greater than 4 years professional engineering experience or a combination of experience and advanced degree required.
    Woodward is an independent designer, manufacturer, and service provider of control solutions for the aerospace and energy markets. Our aerospace systems and components optimize the performance of fixed wing and rotorcraft platforms in commercial, business and military aircraft, ground vehicles and other equipment. Our energy-related systems and components enhance the performance of industrial gas and steam turbines, reciprocating engines, compressors, wind turbines, electrical grids and other energy-related industrial equipment. The company's innovative fluid energy, combustion control, electrical energy, and motion control systems help customers offer cleaner, more reliable and more efficient equipment. Our customers include leading original equipment manufacturers and end users of their products.
    Woodward is an Equal Opportunity Employer
    EO/AA/M/F/Disabled/Protected Veterans

Job Mechanical Engineering
Primary Location United States-Illinois-Niles
Organization Woodward
Schedule FULL TIME
Shift 1st Shift / Day Job


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
4+ years
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