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GSE Mechanic Apprentice (Diesel Technician)

GSE Mechanic Apprentice (Diesel Technician)

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Job Locations 
US-NM-Las Cruces
Regular Full-Time
Virgin Galactic

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Who we are

Virgin Galactic is on track to become the world’s first privately funded commercial space line. It is dedicated to becoming a world leader in sub-orbital commercial space tourism with a longer term vision to develop other space technologies that have the potential to open space to significantly more people and users. If you are looking for a challenging opportunity that will ignite your passion for designing cool and innovative products, are exceptionally creative, are a great problem solver and can make things happen - apply today!


Who you are
Virgin Galactic (VG) is seeking an entry-level GSE Mechanic Apprentice (Space Wrench) to support our Spaceline Tech Ops department. The candidate must have a desire to learn something new, show enthusiasm for the new space industry and be able to mix aerospace enthusiasm and experience with Spaceline maintenance development. Upon satisfactory completion of training and a demonstrated ability to perform tasks with minimal to no supervision, this position is eligible for advancement to GSE Mechanic (GSE Space Wrench) This is a full-time position at Virgin Galactic’s aerospace facility in Mojave, CA with anticipated transition to Las Cruces, NM within approximately 12-18 months.

Your Mission

  • Perform scheduled preventive maintenance on company owned/leased GSE, SGSE, and vehicle fleet
  • Perform diagnostic procedures to determine needed repairs. Responsible for creation and timely execution of repair plans, ordering parts, and communicating all delays to supervisor
  • Perform standard to complex mechanical and electric repairs on equipment
  • Perform welding repairs with MIG welding, stick welding, or acetylene gas welding
  • Perform daily preoperational inspection of gear to ensure serviceability and operational readiness. Charge or fuel as needed.
  • Maintain a clean and well organized work area at all times, free of dirt, clutter, and debris. Both gear and workspace are to maintain a “show room” standard

*The Employer retains the right to change or assign other duties to this position.

What you bring

  • Minimum of 1 year relevant experience or have graduated from a technical college or other recognized apprenticeship.
  • Must have and be able to maintain a valid Driver’s License and a clean driving record that will pass the criteria set by our insurance carrier for on the job coverage.
  • Sound ability to interpret printed or electronic maintenance manuals
  • High school diploma or GED equivalent required
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally to support operational needs

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Has a strong systems mechanical background and show ability to learn and become proficient on new and/or customized equipment
  • Good oral and written communication skills with the ability to interact effectively with all levels of management
  • Displays sound judgment, with the ability to make accurate and timely decisions
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally to support operational needs
  • Must possess strong motivational, organizational, interpersonal and computer skills.
  • Sound ability to interpret printed or electronic maintenance manuals
  • Ability to adapt to paperless environment, using tablets to receive and record maintenance tasks via MRO (Maintenance, Repair, and Operations) software
  • Ability and desire to work in a fast paced start-up environment

Physical and/or Additional Requirements

  • Must be able to work all shifts and available for overtime as well as weekends when needed.
  • Must be able to travel 25% or more of the time and/or be on call as needed.
  • 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- 3+ hours min.
  • 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.


Personal Requirements
The Virgin Galactic 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.


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

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