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Composite Test Technician

Composite Test Technician

Req No. 
2017-3035
Job Locations 
US-CA-Mojave
Category 
Engineering
Type 
Regular Full-Time
Company 
The Spaceship Company
Classification 
Non-Exempt

More information about this job

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

We are seeking a first rate Test Technician to assit the engineering team to prepare composite materials and testing equipment for a variety of tests of mechanical and performance capabilities. The successful individual will bring substantial knowledge of laboratory testing processes, methods, set-up and equipment. This position will interact with a variety of engineering and manufacturing staff at multiple levels, and will ensure the highest accuracy of our testing processes possible.

  • Prepare and conduct tests of composites for mechanical properties (i.e. flexural, tensile, compressive strength, modulus, elongation cantileve testing, etc.)
  • Fabricate test article instrumentation, electro-mechaical assemblies and test equipment wire harnesses.
  • Assist Engineers on R&D and other projects as needed.
  • Set up, calibrate and fabricate test components and carry out laboratory, assembly and vehicle testing.
  • Bonding and machining of test coupons.
  • Collect test data and report results to designated managers and engineers.
  • Assist in the design of special test fixtures and test setups.
  • Operation of test equipment (Labview, United & Instron mechanical test machines, environmental chambers, vibration tables, and altitude chambers).

What you bring

Professional Requirements:

  • 2+ years of experience in a testing, aerospace, manufacturing, or a similar highly controlled environment preferred.
  • Experience with the following:
    • Schematics, engineering drawings, circuit layouts and parts lists.
    • Cable harnesses: wire diagrams, layout drawings and parts lists.
    • Mechanical assemblies: mechanical drawings and parts lists.
    • Instrumentation: strain gages, extensometers, load cells and transducers.
    • Experience performing electronic testing and inspection using protable measuring devices.
  • Computer software proficiency, preferably including laboratory or industrial applications, and technical writing skills.
  • Must posess excellent interpersonal and verbal communication skills, and ability to maintain good will in a potentially adversarial role.
  • Requires understanding of electronics, test equipment, mechanical test methods and electromechanical testing.
  • Capable of running tension/compression test machine and related software.
  • Applicants must be a U.S. persons as defined by the ITAR (22CFR §120.15)

Phyical and/or other requirements:

  • Physically able to handle items weighing up to 40lbs (unassisted)

  • Must be able to stand for extended periods - 6 hours minimum.

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