Virgin Galactic

  • Sr. Stress Engineer

    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 aerospace Engineer Specialist with experience in vehicle stress analysis, repairs, and production manufacturing.  The Engineer Specialist will compile analysis, reports, models, and margins of safety into standardized formats for upload into TSC’s product lifecycle manager.  Additionally, the analyst will support the design engineering staff with drawing release. The analyst is ultimately responsible for ensuring the vehicle structural design meets the customer mission requirements with positive margins of safety.  Additionally, the Engineer Specialist will mentor junior engineers and in some cases act in a lead capacity for substantiation of major structural assemblies.




    Your Mission


    • Leads projects and leads peers to make decisions and recommendations.
    • Leads resolution of technical problems, achieves buy-in of cross functional teams and provides rational for decisions.
    • Develops standardized analysis criteria and templates
    • Plays an integral role in the work flow release process for all structural designs
    • Supports review of manufacturing plans and procedures to ensure compliance with design and loads requirements
    • Supports the creation of structural test plans which will be used to verify manufacturing
    • Mentors junior engineers


    What you bring


    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, with a concentration in a relevant Engineering discipline
    • Strong understanding of design of aircraft flight control mechanical systems and landing gear
    • Knowledge of composites manufacturing and sizing of composite structures using FEA models, including pre and post processing of NASTRAN models and associated sizing of composite structures
    • Minimum 15 years or more of applicable experience in the analysis of structural systems using strength of materials and finite element based methods
    • Experience with free-body diagrams and classical stress analysis techniques
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills
    • Excellent computer skills, including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint
    • Hands-on experience with composites part fabrication and assembly processes and proficiency in FEMAP a plus
    • Pilot, aircraft homebuilding and rapid prototyping experience a strong 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, 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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