Virgin Galactic

  • Manufacturing Engineer - Composite Tooling

    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 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.


    Who You Are

    TSC is seeking a first rate Lead Tooling Engineer with experience in tooling design and composite aircraft production. The primary task for this role will be to design Composite layup tooling for all programs at TSC as well as being the subject matter expert. This engineer will be able to evaluate factors such as tolerance, production rate, cure temperature, program schedule, CTE, and part quantity to determine the best options for tooling.



    Your Mission

    • Perform all engineering activities related to the design and construction of new tools and modification of existing tools for aerospace composites manufacturing.
    • Responsible for working with personnel throughout the company to help resolve any engineering related tooling issues that may impact the manufacturing delivery schedule.
    • Document findings, communicate results, make technical presentations, and may represent the organization as the prime technical contact on tooling related projects.
    • Investigate manufacturing problems and recommend corrective action.
    • Develop and maintains Tool Design and Drawing Standards.
    • Study specifications and confer with engineering and shop personnel to resolve design problems related to material characteristics, dimensional tolerances, service requirements, manufacturing procedures, and cost of tools.
    • Prepare models, drawings, engineering changes, and specifications.
    • Facilitate project updates to management, and engage frequently with engineers.
    • Interface daily with many departments at various technical and management levels.
    • Develop, evaluate, and improve tool manufacturing methods, utilizing knowledge of product design, materials, thermal coefficients, fabrication processes, production equipment capabilities, assembly methods, and quality control standards.
    • Estimate tool production times, staffing requirements, and related costs to provide information for management decisions.
    • Confer with management, engineering, and other staff regarding manufacturing capabilities, production schedules, and other considerations to facilitate tool production or procurement.

    What you bring

    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, with a concentration in a relevant Engineering discipline plus 5 years on the job experience.
    • 10+ years of role related experience may be substituted for formal education.
    • Experience in aircraft composite fabrication and assembly processes.
    • Knowledge of lean manufacturing philosophies and tools.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
    • Excellent interpersonal and coaching skills.
    • Ability to interact with all levels of the organization.
    • Excellent Organizational Skills and problem-solving skills.
    • Strong team player
    • Excellent computer skills, word, excel and PowerPoint.
    • CAD experience (Catia V5 preferred, but any CAD experience acceptable)
    • Ability to read, interpret and create engineering drawings.
    • Knowledge and experience with AS9100 a plus.
    • Experience with manufacturing based ERP systems a plus.
    • Knowledge of GD&T a plus


    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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