Virgin Galactic

Lead Technician, Composite Parts Fabrication

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 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

The Spaceship Company (TSC) is seeking first rate qualified Lead Composites Technicians with experience working on composite aircraft manufacturing/production to join our dynamic Production Team! This role is for a hands-on person with great attention to detail and excellent people skills. If you have a great attitude and a creative mind 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. The Lead in this position will lead Production Staff in order to creat an organized and creative production team. You will find yourself amongst the best and brightest while being part of a pioneering organization!



Your Mission

  • Day-to-day oversight of shop floor personnel.
  • Assigning daily tasks to shop personnel as required to meet daily milestones.
  • Work closely with production planner to forecast completion dates and estimate work package durations.
  • Encourage and provide development and training opportunities for shop personnel through excellent coaching and leadership skills.
  • Hands‐on composites manufacturing.
  • Composites material handling: cutting, layup, weighing, measuring, bagging, etc.
  • Assembly: bond prep via hand sanding, dry fitting components, hand working parts to fit, hand trimming, wet layup, applying adhesives, and fixturing/locating structure.
  • Computer related responsibilities.
  • Working with ERP system to manage material and product review process.
  • Educate workforce on proper use of ERP/MRP system.
  • Inputting data and inspection results.
  • Requires the ability follow and document complex processes.

What you bring

  • Hands on experience in a precision yet manual manufacturing setting.
  • 2 or more years of experience with composites and/or aircraft fabrication and assembly.
  • Relevant experience as a department lead.
  • Excellent interpersonal, coaching, and leadership skills.
  • Extreme attention to detail and continual pursuit of perfection.
  • Excellent organizational skills and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong team player.
  • Knowledge of lean manufacturing philosophies and tools a plus.
  • Experience with manufacturing based ERP systems a plus


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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