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Systems Design Engineer

Systems Design Engineer

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The Spaceship Company

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Who we are

Who we are

The Spaceship Company (TSC) is Virgin Galactic’s wholly owned space-system manufacturing organization. Headquartered at Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, California, it is building and testing a fleet of WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft and SpaceShipTwo reusable spaceships that, together, form Virgin Galactic’s human spaceflight system. Like many Virgin companies across the world, its team of over 350 talented and dedicated engineers, technicians and professionals are drawn together by a willingness to disrupt and challenge the status quo and deliver innovative aerospace solutions to our customers’ needs. TSC’s extensive capabilities encompass preliminary vehicle design and analysis, manufacturing, ground testing, flight testing and post-delivery support.


Our Values

TSC and the greater Virgin Organization have a relaxed and informal culture that encourages individuality and innovation. You will be motivated, enterprising and enthusiastic. Company culture is such that you need to be able to “check your ego at the door”, be a self-starter and possess a sense of humility. You will work well under pressure and thrive on being given challenges and responsibility. You will communicate clearly and be confident and persuasive. You will have a high level of integrity and understand the need of complete confidentiality.

Your Mission

Main Purpose of the Role

TSC is seeking a motivated Aircraft Systems Design Engineer. The primary task of this role will be to develop, design and qualify integrated mechanical, pneumatic, and electrical systems to enhance and improve the spaceship and carrier vehicles systems. Knowledge of the design life cycle process from requirements definition to vehicle qualification is a plus.  Competency in first order design and analysis principles and CATIA or equivalent is a must. The job will also involve reviewing the existing prototype designs and test data and identify areas for development or further testing.

  • Knowledge of air vehicle systems, systems integration, engineering design, the drawing release process and subsystems/component qualification
  • Develops and refines system level requirements for vehicle systems based on customer and implied requirements
  • Ability to evaluate flight test and component qualification data for verification and validation purposes and to identify further testing or development/re-design work
  • Reviews, updates, and compiles engineering definition of aircraft system components and assemblies based on records from the current prototype aircraft program
  • Supports review of manufacturing plans and procedures to ensure compliance with design requirements
  • Supports the creation of system test plans which will be used to verify the design intent meets requirements
  • Confers with management, engineering, and other staff regarding manufacturing capabilities, production schedules, and other considerations to facilitate production processes


What you bring

  • B.S. degree in Mechanical, Aerospace, or similar discipline is required
  • 2-5 years of relevant industry experience;
  • Experience with CATIA V5 strongly preferred, or SOLIDWORKS or equivalent
  • Experience in aircraft systems design, (mechanical, pneumatic, electrical) assembly and test processes
  • Experienced design (broad based aircraft experience) with knowledge of design manufacturing tolerances for production of components using GD&T
  • Experience with Product Lifecycle Management tools (PLM software), Requirements management tools and configuration management
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, excellent computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Strong team player and ability to work independently with excellent organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Knowledge and experience with AS9100 a plus
  • Experience with the design of flight vehicles or vehicle systems to a set of requirements or standards such as CFR 14, Part 400, Part 23 and 25, DO-160, military (MIL-STD-810) or NASA are highly desired
  • Experience with manufacturing based ERP systems a plus
  • Applicants must be U.S. persons as defined by the ITAR (22 CFR §120.15)


The Spaceship Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with The Spaceship Company is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.

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