Mass Properties Engineering Specialist

Requisition ID: 39021 

All Locations: El Segundo, CA (California)  

A trusted partner. A national resource. A leader in national security space. We are THE Aerospace Corporation.  A team that takes pride in our readiness to solve some of the most complex technical challenges in existence. With challenges spanning clandestine to commercial, you’ll have the unique opportunity to work on projects that are literally evolving our nation's space and launch capabilities. We all share a common passion and aspiration – to serve a mission much bigger than ourselves.  When you join our team, you’ll be part of a rare collection of thought leaders and game-changing innovators.  Are you ready to launch your career?


The Vehicle Engineering Department provides end-to-end engineering analyses and technical support for space and launch vehicles as well as system of systems: from vehicle simulations and geolocation, to assessment of subsystem interactions, special test equipment support and mass properties calculations. The Vehicle Mass and Mechanical Properties Section leads the space industry in the prediction, computation and verification of mass properties; including assessment of uncertainty and impact of configuration changes.


Key Functions

  • Independently conducts long-range technical studies related to Mass Properties of space and launch vehicles and reports findings
  • Initiates studies designed to verify and predict mass, center of gravity, moment and product of inertia of subsystem and systems 
  • Provides ongoing technical consultation and advice to management, customers, and contractors in area of Mass Properties 
  • Tracks vehicle weight growth and technical performance measurements (TPM) as programs evolve, while contributing to Aerospace’s weight growth model 
  • Evaluates programs compliance with specifications and Mass Properties industry standards 
  • Examines design alternatives to solve Mass Properties related problems and provides innovative solutions 
  • Reviews test plans and validate test results including independent data reduction 
  • Takes initiative to inform management of perceived technical problems and recommends courses of action 
  • Acts as Aerospace’s Mass Properties designated representative at Mass Properties control boards, technical meetings, presentations, and symposia



  • Bachelor's in engineering, physics, or related field with eight or more years of space and/or launch vehicle Mass Properties experience
  • Experience in calculation and assessment of Mass Properties
  • Experience applying engineering skills and industry standards to the resolution of Mass Properties problems
  • Experience validating Mass Properties test results including independent data reduction
  • Experience providing independent Mass Properties evaluations
  • Experience extracting Mass Properties data from Computer Aided Drawings
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DoD security clearance



  • Advanced degree in Mechanical, Aerospace Engineering and/or Engineering Physics
  • Experience with NASA programs and procedures, unmanned aerial vehicles and/or missiles
  • Current SCI clearance, DoD TS or SAR
  • Experience evaluating program compliance with specifications and Mass Properties industry standards
  • Experience using dbMass, or other Mass Properties analysis or verification software



Transcript Requirement

Transcripts are required for this position.


Additional Requisition Details


Clearance Requirement: Secret 

Access: None 

Polygraph: None 

Relocation Available:  Yes 

Employment Type: Regular 

Work Schedule: Full Time 


Company Statement

The Aerospace Corporation has provided independent technical and scientific research, development, and advisory services to national security space programs since 1960. We operate a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) for the United States Air Force and the National Reconnaissance Office, and support all national security space programs. We also apply more than 50 years of experience with space systems to provide critical solutions to technologically complex systems in such areas as communications, shipping, law enforcement, and cyber, among others.

From our inception, our highly skilled technical staff has focused on ensuring the success of every mission and developing the most effective and economic space-related hardware and software in the world. Our greatest asset is the technical expertise of our people. Our state-of-the-art laboratory facilities are staffed by some of the leading scientists in the world.


Equal Opportunity Commitment

The Aerospace Corporation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. We believe that a diverse workforce creates an environment in which unique ideas are developed and differing perspectives are valued, producing superior customer solutions. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, gender, gender identity or expression, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or disability status.

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The Aerospace Corporation
Full time
El Segundo, Alabama 90245, US