Virgin Galactic

  • Aircraft Assembly Technician

    Company The Spaceship Company
    Category Production
    US-CA-Mojave
    Req No.
    2018-4890
    Type
    Regular Full-Time
    Classification
    Exempt
    Location : Location
    US-CA-Mojave
  • 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 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

    The Spaceship Company (TSC) is seeking first rate experienced composites fabrication technicians to join our dynamic Manufacturing Team. This role is for a hands-on person with great attention to detail and excellent people skills.  The technician in this position will work from engineering drawings and detailed work instructions to fabricate top quality composite parts and components. You will find yourself amongst the best and brightest while being part of a pioneering organization!
     

    Your Mission

    • Hands‐on aircraft manufacturing.
    • Fabricate and Assemble Composite/metallic parts and assemblies
    • Fabricate, Mock/Jig, Bond, and Install Composite/metallic parts and components
    • Able to utilize precision measurement tools
    • Familiar with aircraft nomenclature and configuration
    • Work with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system to record job status, time spent, and material tracking.
    • Work with a Time Management System
    • Follow instructions precisely to complete complex assemblies accurately.
    • Read and interpret Engineering Orders (E.O.s), blueprints, process specifications, and Manufacturing Work Instructions (MWI)

    What you bring

    • Experience in low production rate manufacturing program(s) from initial development through delivery to customer preferred.
    • Hands-on experience with aircraft fabrication and assembly required.
    • Composite bonding experience with a variety of adhesive systems; strong understanding of the bonding process and surface preparation.
    • Able to assemble/disassemble precision fixtures/jigs to aid in bonding of airframe structures.
    • Strong craftsmanship skills and experience with various types of hand tools and hand-held power tools.
    • Airframe & Power Plant License preferred but not necessary.
    • Hands-on experience (Practical working knowledge) in a precision yet manual manufacturing setting strongly preferred.
    • Identifies acceptable defects. Uses applicable inspection criteria for non-destructive inspection.
    • A strong understanding of the importance of FOD control and tool control.
    • Experienced with Quality Inspection points and process documentation.
    • Daily attendance is essential for this position.
    • Can think outside of the box and develop creative methods to finish jobs per schedule and demands.
    • Must be able to take direction well and be a strong team player.
    • Extreme attention to detail and continual pursuit of perfection.
    • Excellent listening and communication skills.
    • Excellent organizational skills and problem-solving skills.
    • Knowledge of lean manufacturing philosophies and tools a plus.
    • Experience with manufacturing-based ERP systems a plus.
    • Strong safety work ethic – recognizes the importance of properly handing hazardous materials, chemicals, tools, etc.
    • Enjoys manual/physical labor.
    • Comfortable working in a non-temperature controlled environment.
    • Familiar with the FAA’s AC 43.13-1B.

     

     

    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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