Virgin Galactic

  • Material Review Board (MRB) Engineer (Contractor)

    Company The Spaceship Company
    Category Engineering
    Req No.
    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 to hire an experienced, highly motivated contract Material Review Board (MRB) Engineer for approximately 1 year. The primary task of this person will be to review manufacturing non-conformances and establish appropriate dispositions for these parts and assemblies. Competency in first order design and analysis principles is a must. Ability to utilize CATIA V5 is desired. Experience with various composite material systems is desired.

    Your Mission

    • Knowledge of air vehicle systems, systems integration, engineering design, the drawing release process, and subsystems/component qualification 
    • Working knowledge and experience integrating various mechanical systems into a composite aircraft. 
    • Familiarity with composite fabrication processes 
    • Review and provide engineering technical disposition of non-conformance notifications related to metallic and composite parts/assemblies 
    • Skilled in “equivalent strength” principles 
    • Participation in product Corrective Action Board (CAR) reviews
    • Willingness to support weekend shift operations
    • Selects appropriate methods, techniques, and evaluation criteria to resolve complex engineering issues
    • Is consulted extensively by associates and others as a recognized authority within the field
    • Anticipates and resolves complex issues in creative and effective ways, developing standards and guides for diverse engineering activities
    • Has an approach to problem solving, balances technical product cost, and scheduling
    • Works without appreciable direction; work is reviewed from a long-range perspective for desired results
    • Exercises latitude in determining technical objectives of assignments, and makes decisions and recommendations that are recognized as authoritative
    • Maintains a current knowledge of developments in the field of specialty and/or other related aircraft fields in order to recommend innovations to improve quality and effectiveness of company product


    What you bring

    • Bachelor's Degree in engineering, Mechanical, Aerospace, or similar engineering discipline or technical related curriculum applicable to the respective job position required. 10 years in specific technical discipline or 15 years broad engineering experience in several technical disciplines with a bachelors degree. Experience credit considered for related advanced degrees limited to 2 years for Masters and 4 years for PhD in fields applicable to this job.
    • Advanced degree in engineering, or related curriculum preferred
    • At least 5 years of relevant industry experience 

    • Experience with CATIA V5 strongly preferred. SOLIDWORKS or equivalent will be considered in lieu of CATIA. 
    • Experienced design (broad based aircraft experience) with knowledge of design manufacturing tolerances for production of components using GD&T 
    • Experience with Product Lifecycle Management tools (PLM software), Requirements management tools and configuration management 
    • Excellent verbal and written communication, excellent computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Matlab 
    • Knowledge and experience with AS9100 a plus 
    • Experience with the design of flight vehicles or vehicle systems to a set of requirements or standards such as CFR 14, Part 400, Part 23 and 25, DO-160, military (MIL-STD-810) or NASA are highly desired 
    • Experience with manufacturing based ERP systems a plus 
    • Strong team player and ability to work independently with excellent organizational and problem-solving skills 
    • Composite and metal design experience preferred  
    • Understanding of MRB requirements & procedures 
    • Extensive working knowledge of engineering drawings / requirements 
    • NDT/Visual non-conformance disposition expertise 
    • Experience with control & segregation requirements for non-conforming material 
    • Familiarization with records accuracy & completeness (including data codes) 
    • Ability to facilitate inadequate cause & corrective action resolutions 
    • Familiarization with rework vs accept disposition risk assessments 
    • Familiarization with final dispositions & re-submit codes 
    • Experience should include creation of engineering dispositions for non-conformances for pressurized and non
    • pressurized metallic and non-metallic structures (fuselage, wing, empennage) 
    • Experience should be in a production and/or schedule-driven environment 
    • Capability to analyze and rapidly design repairs based on equivalent strength/stiffness of surrounding structure while in a schedule driven environment 
    • Strong written/verbal communication and interpersonal skills 
    • Typically a 9-10 hour work day, with some scheduled weekend support required
    • Advanced degree in engineering, or related curriculum preferred
    • The level of technical skill and abilities appropriate for this grade will be established by each discipline
    • Guides successful completion of major engineering programs, or conceives research in areas of considerable scope and complexity supporting the development and production of Gulfstream products and services  


    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; contract 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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