Jobs: Structures Engineer – Spaceline Operations, Virgin Galactic (USA)

Virgin Galactic (VG) is on track to become the world’s first private spaceline. It is dedicated to becoming a world leader in sub-orbital commercial space tourism with a longer term vision to develop orbital flights for space tourism and other commercial applications. VG is seeking an industry leader with an entrepreneurial spirit, fueled by innovation and collaboration with emphasis on forward thinking.

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

Responsibilities:
  • 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.
Qualifications:
  • 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)

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