Virgin Galactic

  • CNC Programmer

    Company The Spaceship Company
    Category Production
    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 400 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 CNC Programmer Specialist to write and verify previously written programs as well as training programming technicians on the philosophy of CNC programming. If you have a great attitude and a creative mindset then you will feel right at home in this organization! The first task of this role will be to quickly learn and understand our unique bonding and assembly processes used in the production of these aircraft. The technician in this position will work from engineering drawings and detailed work instructions to fabricate top quality aircraft and spaceships components. You will find yourself amongst the best and brightest while being part of a pioneering organization

    Your Mission

    • In charge of programming for all CNC machines
    • Ensuring that all programming for all CNC machines are accurate and free from errors, including programming written by other shop programming technicians
    • Training and assisting programming technicians on the philosophy of programming
    • Assisting operators, when necessary, on basic programming, machine setup, and troubleshooting
    • Program File and revision organization
    • Programming/Drawing revisions for future builds
    • Develops standardized cutter list and implementation
    • Identifies any specialty tooling (I.E. cutters, inserts, end mills, etc.) needed prior to job commencement
    • Programs written around available equipment and open capacity

    What you bring

    • 10+ years of experience with CNC programming and, 15+ years of experience operating CNC and manual machines
    • Strong understanding of precision measuring tooling and equipment
    • Hands-on experience in a precision yet manual manufacturing setting required
    • Daily attendance is essential for this position
    • A strong understanding of the importance of FOD control and tool control
    • Experienced with Quality Inspection points and process documentation
    • Thinks outside of the box and finish jobs per schedule and demands
    • Must be able to take direction well and is 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.
    • Must be comfortable working in a non-temperature controlled environment
    • Must be able to stand for extended periods – 8 hours min
    • Must be able to stoop, bend, crawl, and being able to maneuver in tight spaces
    • Physically able to handle items weighing up to 40lbs (unassisted)

    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 te 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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