Virgin Galactic

  • Mechanical Systems/GSE Operations Lead Engineer

    Company Virgin Galactic
    Category Engineering
    US-NM-Las Cruces
    Req No.
    2019-5568
    Type
    Regular Full-Time
    Classification
    Exempt
    Location : Location
    US-NM-Las Cruces
  • Who we are

    Virgin Galactic (VG) is on track to become the world’s first private Spaceline. It is dedicated to becoming a world leader in sub-orbital commercial space tourism with a longer term vision to develop orbital flights for space tourism and other commercial applications. VG is seeking an industry leader with an entrepreneurial spirit, fueled by innovation and collaboration with emphasis on forward thinking.

     

    Our Values

    Virgin Galactic 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

    This experienced, hands‐on Mechanical Systems Engineer for the SpaceShipTwo (SS2) space vehicle and/or WhiteKnightTwo (WK2) mother ship vehicle and associated Ground Support Equipment (GSE) will coordinate mechanical systems engineering efforts related to the flight testing, operational implementation, documentation, FAA Part 400 licensing, modifications management and issues resolution of the SS2 and/or WK2 vehicles and GSE. Qualified candidates should have a strong technical background in aerospace or aviation mechanical systems and flight controls, as well as composite structures and/or aviation/aerospace ground support equipment. In any of these roles the person in this position may be asked to provide day to day direction to operations technicians.

     

    Location: Our Las Cruces, NM HQ & Spaceport America, NM.

     

    Your Mission

    • Oversee and manage the change implementation, testing, and integration of the SS2 and/or WK2 vehicles for mechanical systems and structures, to include Flight Control Systems, Landing Gear, Brakes, composite structural repairs /modifications and GSE.
    • Work closely with VG maintenance management and TSC/VG engineering to maintain vehicle/GSE functionality and to improve systems, processes, and operations for SS2 and WK2 mechanical systems and structural repair.
    • Coordinate the engineering activities between the various engineering specialties within the product team.
    • Track, manage and mitigate the mechanical systems and structural engineering risks.
    • Ensure all customer product requirements are met.
    • Conduct tests and/or missions support from the Mission Control Center for mechanical systems as required.

    General duties include:

    • Lead and/or integrate with VG mechanical systems /structural engineers and counterpart TSC designers on modifications and/or change proposals for SS2 and/or WK2 systems and structural repairs.
    • Implement plans with guidance to meet operational requirements for spaceflight vehicles and systems.
    • Develop action plans to respond to and resolve issues/problems.
    • Review and propose concepts for redesign recommendations based on operational experience, reliability, maintainability, etc. on SS2 and/or WK2 systems.
    • Review and approve technical publications. Propose modifications where appropriate.
    • Review and approve repair manuals for mechanical systems. May author portions as appropriate.
    • Approve and/or review disposition for component removals and replacements.
    • Author and/or approve mechanical system anomaly troubleshooting dispositions.
    • Author and/or approve mechanical systems Work Instructions/Engineering Reports.
    • Develop and remain technical authority for assigned Flight Rules, Launch Commit Criteria, and Required Equipment List (REL) items, and how they interact for SS2 and/or WK2 systems.
    • Manage and implement process to make real-time decisions and/or issue waivers to hazard reports, flight rules, launch commit criteria, and REL items for SS2 and/or WK2 systems.
    • Provide mission control room systems engineering support in real time during the mission to monitor systems performance and recommend corrective actions on issues.
    • Coordinate post flight data analysis functions, including continued development of system health monitoring and reliability data for more established systems
    • Integrate analysis of tear down and failure reports for failed vendor components (if available)
    • Communicate reliability data/recommendations back to TSC (The Spaceship Company) designers.

    What you bring

    • Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering, with  8+ years relevant industry experience.
    • Successful aviation/aerospace project engineering management experience, is preferred.
    • Working knowledge of aircraft and space systems and familiarity with relevant aerospace standards (FAA, FAA‐AST etc.).
    • 8+ years of experience with aerospace structures, mechanical/flight control systems, pneumatic systems, design or operations desired and 1+ year of experience leading Engineering projects and/or cross-functional teams.
    • Background in Mechanical Systems Engineering or Operations Engineering.
    • Experience/knowledge of landing gear systems, flight control systems & ground support equipment.
    • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills with high attention to detail.
    • Ground and flight testing experience of new aircraft systems is desirable.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
    • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills.
    • Strong IT skills, including Excel and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) tools. Computer Aided Design (CAD) experience is desirable.
    • Applicants must be U.S. persons as defined by the ITAR (22 CFR §120.15) 

     

    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.

    Personal Requirements:
    VG 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.

     

    Virgin Galactic is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with Virgin Galactic 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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