Virgin Galactic

  • Associate Aircraft Structural Design Engineer - 2019

    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 500 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 aircraft structural engineer with experience in composite aircraft airframe design and manufacturing for production. The main task of this role is to perform conceptual to detail design of primary and secondary structure under the direction of the Engineering lead and/or Manager. Engineers in this position are expected to understand load paths and basic structure sizing techniques.  This role will provide design engineering support to a rapid prototyping manufacturing floor and flight test environment.

    Your Mission

    • Perform  preliminary and detail design of metallic and composite structure, including initial sizing of joints, structure layout and design for manufacturability.
    • Create 3D/2D definition of parts, assemblies and installations.
    • Establish manufacturing tolerances for production of structural components using GD&T.
    • Participate in the Engineering definition review, approval and release process
    • Support the review of manufacturing plans and procedures to ensure compliance with design requirements
    • Support the creation of structural test plans which will be used to verify manufacturing processes meet design intent and requirements.

    What you bring

    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, with a concentration in a relevant Engineering discipline
    • 0-5 years’ or more experience in Aircraft Composite fabrication and assembly processes 
    • CAD experience -CATIA V5 essential, CPD experience desired
    • 2D drawing creation
    • GD&T skills experience and ASME Y14.5M-1994
    • Experience with Product Lifecycle Management tools (PLM software) and configuration management 
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills 
    • Excellent Organizational Skills and problem-solving skills 
    • Strong team player 
    • Excellent computer skills, word, excel and powerpoint 
    • 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, military or NASA are highly desired


    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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