Virgin Galactic

  • Aircraft Assembly Technician

    Company The Spaceship Company
    Category Production
    Req No.
    Regular Full-Time
    Location : Location
  • Who we are

    The Spaceship Company (TSC) is an affiliate of Virgin Galactic as a 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 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

    The Spaceship Company (TSC) is seeking first rate experienced composites fabrication technicians to join our dynamic Manufacturing Team. This role is for a hands-on person with great attention to detail and excellent people skills.  The technician in this position will work from engineering drawings and detailed work instructions to fabricate top quality composite parts and components. You will find yourself amongst the best and brightest while being part of a pioneering organization!

    Your Mission

    Assembly & sub-assembly:

    • Fabrication of parts using wet layup and pre-impregnated composite materials
    • Knowledge of properly preparing tooling for layup (Clean, seal, release)
    • Placement and consolidation of composite materials in tooling
    • Fabricate and Assemble Composite/metallic parts and assemblies
    • Fabricate, Mock/Jig, Bond, and Install Composite/metallic parts and components
    • Able to utilize precision measurement tools
    • Grinding, cutting, and trimming of parts
    • Bonding composite structures
    • Hand finishing parts to proper fitment
    • Wet layup with multiple resin systems and fabrics
    • Locating parts and creating fixtures to blueprints and / or engineering instructions
    • Familiar with aircraft nomenclature and  configuration
    • Attention to detail and ability to self-inspect work to ensure quality defects are mitigated

    What you bring

    • 3+ years of experience with composites or aircraft fabrication and assembly preferred.
    • Flexible to work overtime/modified/Non-standard shifts preffered
    • Strong safety work ethic – recognizes the importance of properly handing hazardous materials, chemicals, tools, etc.
    • Hands-on experience in a manufacturing setting
    • Complete understanding of “clean as you go”/5S/FOD/Tool control programs mandatory
    • Ability to perform repairs on composite structures
    • Experienced with quality inspection points and process documentation.
    • Knowledge of resins, mixing, ratios, and paste mixes.
    • Must be able to take direction well and is a strong team player.
    • Extreme attention to detail and continual pursuit of perfection.
    • Excellent listening and communication skills.
    • Ability to maintain composure in high pressure situations
    • Excellent organizational skills and problem-solving skills.

    Physical Requirements

    • Must be able to stand for extended periods – 8 hours min.
    • Must be able to stoop, bend, crawl, and being able to maneuver in tight spaces.
    • Physically able to handle items weighing up to 40lbs (unassisted).

    ITAR Requirements
    To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by ITAR (22 CFR §120.15) or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.


    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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