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Mountain View, CA
Full Time
Sept. 20, 2017
H1b Sponsorship Unknown
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Project Loon is a network of balloons traveling on the edge of space, designed to connect people in rural and remote areas, help fill coverage gaps, and bring people back online after disasters. Project Loon is a part of X.

You are highly-motivated and enjoy working in a small dynamic team environment.

This role will be centered around analytical analysis and in addition to individual contributor tasks. You will give guidance to other engineers performing subassy and part level analysis.

X is a moonshot factory where uncomfortably ambitious, potentially world-changing new ideas such as self-driving cars, balloon-powered Internet and smart contact lenses are developed and taken out into the world. X projects have the potential to transform the lives of billions of people and make the world a radically better place. We’re a team of makers, entrepreneurs, engineers and scientists with deep technical expertise who love the challenge of the seemingly impossible. X was formerly known as Google[x].


  • Provide structural analysis of mechanical components for the Loon flight system
  • Provide the evaluation of performance and troubleshooting of new and existing designs
  • Partner with world class balloon experts for balloon design evolution
  • Provide environmental (thermal, structural, vibe etc.) test guidance and data analysis


Minimum qualifications:
  • BS degree in Mechanical Engineering, related technical field or equivalent practical experience.
  • 5 years of work experience in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent.
  • Experience in solidworks and FEA codes like Nastran, Ansys or Abaqus.
  • Analytical experience in MATLAB and spreadsheet software data processing.

Preferred qualifications:
  • MS in Mechanical Engineering with 8 years of hands on practical experience.
  • Experience in the following types of analysis: Shock and impact, dynamic system response and modal, composite structures.
  • Hands-on experience with environmental testing infrastructure (e.g. thermal chambers, shake tables etc.)
  • Understand /experience with polymer in long term performance and polymer time dependent viscoelastic model. Metal and polymer fatigue.
  • Material testing and parameterization (familiar with material mechanical properties analysis / interpretation/ correlation with FEA model).
  • Expertise in linear and non-linear finite-element analysis.


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