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.
Virgin Galactic has 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 commercial 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.
Who you are
Virgin Galactic is seeking an airframe structures systems operations engineer with strong experience in non-destructive inspection/test. The purpose of this role will be to support test, analysis and operations of the Spaceship 2 (SS2)/WhiteKnight 2 (WK2) vehicles structures systems for entry into commercial service, and then support continued commercial operations and development.
Location: Starts in Mojave, CA/Transitions to Las Cruces, NM area
Works closely with VG maintenance management and TSC/VG engineering to continuously improve systems, processes, and operationsEstablish and maintain structural defect reporting database and ensure compliance to Maintenance Planning Document items
Performs initial triage response to vehicle structural defects raised whether in scheduled or unscheduled maintenance operations
Liaison vehicle structures issues back to TSC engineering
Provides timely disposition response to maintenance
Interprets inspection data across all forms of inspection methods - (e.g. General Visual Inspection, Special Detailed Inspection, etc.) and provides timely response/disposition to release vehicle for flight
Builds and maintains structural reliability data for fleet type and feedback to OEM
Analyze post-flight data for all structural/loads key parameter points and report on structural health monitoring metrics
Support development of new inspection techniques and equipment to continually improve ground processing fidelity and turnaround
Build data and processes to support Structural Repair Manual development for applicable vehicle (SS2, WK2) platform
Provides guidance and resolution for problems during Non-Destructive Inspection (NDI) activities to ensure efficiency and quickest possible completion of NDI activities
Provides guidance and assistance in the development of NDI processes, procedures, techniques, and required training
Researches and coordinates development of alternate NDI methods to improve VG NDI program including new equipment evaluation
Liaison to TSC Non-Destructive Test and Structures team
Support NDI on vehicles to assist in completion of NDI task to help reduce turn-around times between flights.
Other General operations engineering duties include:
You must be interested in advancing the state of commercial space technology, specifically ground breaking, cost effective, passenger carrying, rocket propulsion systems. The Virgin Galactic spaceline is to set the gold standard for safety, reliability and performance.
Virgin Galactic is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with Virgin Galactic 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.