Senior Principal Engineer, Impact Dynamics (Hybrid)




Middletown, CT (Remote)


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United States of America


PW102: Middletown Aircraft Rd https://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?

Pratt & Whitney’s Compression Systems Engineering (CSE) organization is currently seeking highly motivated Composites Impact Dynamics Engineers to support both our commercial and military engine programs from technology development through operational support.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Impact Dynamics leadership within an Integrated Product Team for products requiring composite materials and structural adhesives
  • Aid in material selection, laminate architecture, solid modeling, and design of sub-element components for test
  • Assistance in manufacturing process development at suppliers to ensure the manufacturability of component designs.
  • Validation of subscale and full-scale static, dynamic and impact tests.
  • Application of state-of-the-art finite element-based methods to aid in design and validation of composite structures.
  • Application of nonlinear, explicit dynamics methods to accurately simulate bird strike, blade-off, and containment events.  Correlation of results against rotating rig & full engine tests.  
  • Documentation and presentation of results to internal and external customers.
  • Coordination with experts to advance technology and improve efficiency of engineering processes and methods
  • Application of CORE (Customer Oriented Results & Competitive Excellence) tools
  • Development of talent through mentorship and coaching

Basic Qualifications:

  • https://B.S. in Engineering or related field and 10+ years prior relevant experience, OR
  • An Advanced Degree in a related field and 7+ years of experience
  • US Citizenship required due to government contracts
  • Able to obtain and maintain a US Government Security Clearance
  • 10% Travel is Anticipated

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Able to obtain and maintain a US Government Security Clearance.
  • Advanced Degree in Mechanical, Materials, Aerospace, or Manufacturing Engineering
  • Experience with composite design and analysis
  • Experience with advanced textile design and manufacturing
  • CAD Software experience (NX, FiberSIM, TeamCenter preferred)
  • Mechanical design experience (bolted joints, hand calculations, etc)
  • Material characterization, testing, and non-destructive inspection methods for composites.
  • Hands-on composites manufacturing experience using hand layup/autoclave, compression molding, or RTM techniques.
  • FEA Software experience (ANSYS, NASTRAN, Abaqus, LS-DYNA, Hypermesh, PATRAN, ProStar)
  • Demonstrated proficiency in finite element modeling & analysis of geometrically complex components & assemblies which spans static & dynamic analysis.

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.

RTX 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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