Virgin Galactic

Propulsion Design Engineering Manager

Company The Spaceship Company
Category Engineering
Req No.
Regular Full-Time
Location : Location

Who we are

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 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 an engineering manager with experience in the development of hybrid propulsion systems to lead a team of design engineers. Significant experience with liquid or solid propulsion systems would also be considered. Ideal candidates would have experience working from high level system requirements to develop propulsion system designs that the candidate maintained responsibility for throughout the entire development, qualification and operational process. In addition experience with flight hardware, component qualification/substantiation, motor fabrication and casting, material testing, rocket motor qualification and acceptance testing is a plus. Candidate will also be comfortable working in a hands on environment, and must have a strong sense of accountability.

Your Mission

  • Develop the next generation of hybrid rocket propulsion systems for SpaceShipTwo and beyond
  • Become the technical authority on a team of engineers to guide the propulsion system development to meet vehicle performance requirements
  • Help architect the propulsion system details including rocket motor design, propellant feed systems, and required propulsion subsystems and components
  • Direct the detailed development of hybrid motor design including performance modeling, internal ballistics, material selections, as well as supporting design for manufacturing.

What you bring

  • Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering from an accredited institution, with a minimum of 10+ years relevant industry experience
  • Comprehensive knowledge of fluid dynamics and combustion device design
  • Experience with the design of hybrid rockets or alternatively liquid rocket engines
  • Experience with testing and qualification of propulsion systems
  • Experience iterating on propulsion system design based on test results
  • Demonstrated ability to manage the technical risk of complex propulsion systems development with good planning and innovation
  • Experience with CATIA V5 and/or Solidworks
  • 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
  • Excellent organizational, communication and problem solving skills
  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel and Powerpoint
  • Applicants must be U.S. persons as defined by 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.


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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