Virgin Galactic

Technician, Manufacturing Assembly

Company The Spaceship Company
Category Production
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 White Knight Two 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 is seeking first rate qualified Aircraft Systems 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. Technicians in these positions will work from engineering drawings and detailed work instructions to fabricate, install, bond, and check out aircraft and spaceship structures. You will find yourself amongst the best and brightest while being part of a pioneering organization!

Your Mission

  • Fabricate and Assemble Composite/metallic parts and assemblies
  • Fabricate, Mock/Jig, Bond, and Install Composite/metallic parts and components
  • Able to utilize precision measurement tools
  • Familiar with aircraft nomenclature and configuration
  • Work with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system to record job status, time spent, and material tracking.
  • Works with Time Management System
  • Follow instructions precisely to complete complex assemblies accurately.
  • Read and interpret Engineering Orders (E.O.s), blueprints, process specifications, and Manufacturing Work Instructions (MWI)

What you bring

  • Experience in low production rate manufacturing program(s) from initial development through delivery to customer preferred
  • Hands-on experience with aircraft fabrication and assembly required
  • Composite bonding experience with a variety of adhesive systems; strong understanding of the bonding process and surface preparation
  • Able to assemble/disassemble precision fixtures/jigs to aid in bonding of airframe structures
  • Strong craftsmanship skills and experience with various types of hand tools and hand-held power tools
  • Airframe & Power Plant License preferred but not necessary
  • Hands-on experience (Practical working knowledge) in a precision yet manual manufacturing setting strongly preferred
  • Identifies acceptable defects. Uses applicable inspection criteria for non-destructive inspection
  • A strong understanding of the importance of FOD control and tool control
  • Experienced with Quality Inspection points and process documentation
  • Daily attendance is essential for this position
  • Can think outside of the box and develop creative methods to finish jobs per schedule and demands
  • Must be able to take direction well and be 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
  • Enjoys manual/physical labor
  • Comfortable working in a non-temperature controlled environment
  • Familiar with the FAA’s AC 43.13-1B


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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