Virgin Galactic

  • Test Technician

    Company The Spaceship Company
    Category Engineering
    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

    We are seeking a first rate Test Technician to assist the engineering team to prepare composite materials and testing equipment for a variety of tests of mechanical and performance capabilities.  The successful individual will bring substantial knowledge of composite testing processes, methods, set-up and equipment.  This position will interact with a variety of engineering and manufacturing staff at a variety of levels, and will ensure the highest accuracy of our testing processes possible.



    Your Mission

    • Prepare and conduct tests of composites for mechanical properties (i.e. density, fluid saturation, flexural, tensile, compressive strength, modulus, etc.).
    • Familiarity with ASTM and aerospace industry testing standards preferred.
    • Familiar with geometric dimensioning and tolerances (GD&T) preferred.
    • Assist engineers and technicians on R&D and other projects as needed.
    • Layup, bonding and machining of prepreg and wetlay composite test coupons.
    • Assist in the design and fabrication of test coupons, test fixtures, and test setups.
    • Knowledge of shop floor techniques and inspection technology preferred.

    What you bring


    • 2+ years of experience in a manufacturing, or testing environment preferred.
    • Experience with the following: Schematics, engineering drawings, circuit layouts or parts lists; Hand tools (band saw, table saw, tile saw, grinders, drills, sanders, etc.)
    • Experience with composites or aircraft fabrication and assembly preferred.
    • Computer software proficiency, preferably Microsoft Office or equivalent.
    • Must possess excellent interpersonal and verbal communication skills, and able to maintain goodwill and positive attitude in a fast paced work environment.
    • Strong team player.
    • Strong safety work ethic.
    • Physically able to handle items weighing up to 40lbs (unassisted)
    • Must be able to stand for extended periods- 8 hours min.




    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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