Virgin Galactic

  • Structures/NDT Operations Engineer

    Company Virgin Galactic
    Category Engineering
    US-CA-MojaveUS-NM-Las Cruces
    Req No.
    Regular Full-Time
    Location : Location
    Additional Locations
    US-NM-Las Cruces
  • Who we are

    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.


    Our Values
    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 composite repair and inspection. The purpose of this role will be to support test, analysis, operations and health monitoring 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

    Your Mission

    • Supports development of inspection and test plans and requirements for the structures systems and operations of SS2/WK2 ground and flight systems and vehicles
    • Leads and/or supports execution of testing/ground preparations/mission operations on ground and flight systems and vehicles, including the coordination within a multi-disciplinary test team
    • Works closely with VG maintenance management and TSC/VG engineering to continuously improve systems, processes, and operations. Establishes and maintains structural defect reporting database and ensures 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:

    • Coordinate and/or integrate with VG systems engineers and counterpart TSC designers on modifications and/or design change proposals for SS2 and/or WK2 systems.
    • Review and propose concepts for redesign recommendations based on operational experience, reliability, maintainability, etc. on SS2 and/or WK2 systems.
    • Review and approve technical publications. Propose modifications where appropriate. Includes:
      • Review and approve repair manuals. May author portions as appropriate.
      • Approve and/or review disposition for component removals and replacements.
      • Author and/or approve anomaly troubleshooting dispositions.
      • Author and/or approve Work Instructions/Engineering Reports.

    What you bring

    • Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering
    • 3-5+ years’ of professional experience in supporting and/or leading test or development of ground and flight systems and vehicles, with focus on composite vehicle structures
    • Experience with the test and analysis of flight vehicles or vehicle systems to a set of requirements or standards such as CFR 14, Part 400, Part 23 and 25, military or NASA are highly desired
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills mandatory
    • Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills mandatory
    • Strong team player
    • Mechanical design and instrumentation/data acquisition experience a strong plus
    • Flight test experience a strong plus
    • Familiarity with air vehicle mass properties a plus
    • Pilot and aircraft homebuilding experience a plus
    • Familiarity with test data analysis software, e.g. MATLAB, IADS, etc., a plus
    • Excellent computer skills, including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint
    • Applicants must be “U.S. persons” as defined by the ITAR (22 CFR §120.15)

    Is This Job Right For You?

    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.


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