Design Engineer, Structures

Joby Aviation

Santa Cruz, CA, USA

Full time

$82.4-168.6k (annually)

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Apr 29

Located in Northern California, the team at Joby Aviation is driven by our goal of creating an affordable, all-electric air transportation system. Imagine a piloted air taxi that takes off vertically, then quietly carries you and your fellow passengers over the congested city streets below, enabling you to spend more time with the people and places that matter most.Since 2009, our team has worked steadily to make this dream a reality. We’ve designed and tested many generations of prototype aircraft capable of serving in a network of electric air taxis. We’re looking for talented, committed individuals to join our team as we push onwards toward certifying the Joby aircraft with the Federal Aviation Administration, scaling our manufacturing, and preparing to launch commercial service in 2025.


Joby Aviation is seeking a passionate individual with extensive composite experience to join our structures engineering team. In this role you will be responsible for the development & detailed design of structural airframe components. As an experienced engineer, you will also be responsible for providing guidance, technical knowledge and strategic insight to fellow team members.

Being a part of the airframe structures team, you will be deeply involved in everything from preliminary concept work, to actual production. For this role, you will have a strong understanding of CAD design, and are capable of creating detailed models. Further, you will work closely with many disciplines, including our structural analysis, manufacturing and integration teams.


  • Design lightweight structural aircraft components such as wings, fuselages, empennage, etc.
  • Perform initial layout and sizing
  • Conception, analysis, and selection of appropriate structural models
  • Detail design 
  • Direct communication with vendors and technicians in manufacturing
  • Provide guidance to a team of junior engineers
  • Consult frequently with Team Leads
  • Comprehensive work concept/design/manufacturing


  • B.S. in mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, or a relevant discipline
  • 2+ years of working experience in relevant industry
  • Experience with composite and metallic component/structural design and analysis
  • Excellent problem solving and communication skills
  • Proficiency in composite structures design
  • Experience in composites manufacturing
  • Proficiency in CAD


  • M.S./Ph.D. in relevant discipline
  • 5+ years of working experience in relevant industry
  • Experience with Dassault Systemes CAD, specifically using the Composite Design Module
  • Experience with finite element tools (Abaqus)
  • Aircraft homebuilding or rapid prototyping experience is a plus

Compensation at Joby is a combination of base pay and Restricted Stock Units (RSUs). The target base pay for this position is $82,400 - $168,600/year. The compensation package will be determined by job-related knowledge, skills, and experience.

Joby also offers a comprehensive benefits package, including paid time off, healthcare benefits, a 401(k) plan with a company match, an employee stock purchase plan (ESPP), short-term and long-term disability coverage, life insurance, and more.

Joby Aviation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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