Main Purpose of the Role
Virgin Galactic is seeking a Structures systems test engineer with experience in the execution and operations of ground and/or flight test in aerospace system and vehicle levels. The purpose of this role will be to support test, operations and analysis of the Spaceship 2 (SS2)/WhiteKnight 2 (WK2) vehicles structures and to support entry into commercial service, then sustained commercial operations.
Requires candidate to relocate to Spacesport America area within a year or so based on operational needs. Position initially based in Mojave, CA
Supports development of test plans and requirements for the structures systems testing and operations of SS2/WK2 ground and flight systems and vehicles
Leads and/or supports execution of testing/mission operations on ground and flight systems and vehicles, including the coordination within a multi-disciplinary test team
Work closely with VG maintenance management and TSC/VG engineering to continuously improve systems, processes, and operations.
Performs pre and post-test analyses, including analysis and preparation of test data
Documents test data and results through informal and formal test reports
Identifies hardware, software, and data acquisition systems required to support a given test
Performs troubleshooting and resolution of composite and/or support structures issues and anomalies, coordinating with TSC engineering counterparts for out-of-family dispositions.
General duties include:
- Coordinate and/or integrate with VG systems engineers and counterpart TSC designers on modifications and/or design change proposals for SS2 and/or WK2 systems.
- Review and propose concepts for redesign recommendations based on operational experience, reliability, maintainability, etc. on SS2 and/or WK2 systems.
- Review and approve technical publications. Propose modifications where appropriate. Includes:
- Review and approve repair manuals. May author portions as appropriate.
- Approve and/or review disposition for component removals and replacements.
- Author and/or approve anomaly troubleshooting dispositions.
- Author and/or approve Work Instructions/Engineering Reports.
- Develop and remain technical authority for assigned Flight Rules, Launch Commit Criteria, and Minimum Equipment List (MEL) items, and how they interact for SS2 and/or WK2 systems.
- Manage and implement process to make real-time decisions and/or issue waivers to hazard reports, flight rules, launch commit criteria, and MEL items for SS2 and/or WK2 systems.
- Provide control room systems engineering support in real time during the mission to monitor systems performance and recommend corrective actions on issues.
- Coordinate post flight data analysis functions, including continued development of system health monitoring and reliability data for more established systems
- Integrate analysis of tear down and failure reports for failed vendor components (if available)
- Communicate reliability data/recommendations back to TSC designers.
- Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering and 2-5+ years’ experience.
- Professional experience in supporting and/or leading test of ground and flight systems and vehicles, with focus on control room operations desired
- Experience with aircraft or aerospace composite structures is highly desired
- Experience with the test and analysis of flight vehicles or vehicle systems to a set of requirements or standards such as CFR 14, Part 400, Part 23 and 25, military or NASA are desired
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills mandatory
- Strong team player
- Flight test experience a plus
- Pilot and aircraft homebuilding experience a plus
- Familiarity with test data analysis software, e.g. LabView, IADS, etc., a plus
- Excellent computer skills, including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint
- Applicants must be “U.S. persons” as defined by the ITAR (22 CFR §120.15)