Virgin Galactic

Structural Operations Engineer

Company Virgin Galactic
Category Engineering
US-NM-Las Cruces
Req No.
Regular Full-Time
Location : Location
US-NM-Las Cruces

Who we are

Virgin Galactic is on track to become the world’s first publicly funded commercial space line. It is dedicated to becoming a world leader in sub-orbital commercial space tourism with a longer term vision to develop other space technologies that have the potential to open space to significantly more people and users.  If you are looking for a challenging opportunity that will ignite your passion for designing cool and innovative products, are exceptionally creative, are a great problem solver and can make things happen - apply today!


Our Values:

Virgin Galactic (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.


Who You Are:

Virgin Galactic is seeking an experienced composite airframe structures/stress engineer with strong experience in aerospace composite repair and non-destructive test and inspection methods. The purpose of this role will be to support develop and maintain structural repair manuals and tools, stress analysis on repairs and critical interfaces, structural discrepancy dispositions and establish a structural health and monitoring system and metrics for Spaceship2 (SS2)/ WhiteKnight2 (WK2) vehicles structures systems.  This role is located in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Daily work will take place at Spaceport America in New Mexico. Applying candidates must be able to relocate to Las Cruces, New Mexico or live in the Las Cruces area in order to qualify for this role.



Your Mission

  • Develop and analyze repairs and modifications for aerospace vehicle structures and critical interfaces
  • Perform initial triage response and characterization of vehicle structural defects raised whether in scheduled or unscheduled maintenance operations
  • Liaison vehicle structures issues back to The Spaceship Company (TSC) engineering
  • Interpret inspection data across all forms of inspection methods - (e.g. General Visual Inspection, Special Detailed Inspection, etc.) and provide timely response/disposition to release vehicle for flight
  • Build and maintain structural reliability data for fleet type and feedback to TSC
  • Analyze post-flight data for all structural/loads key parameter points and report on structural health monitoring metrics
  • Support development of new inspection techniques and equipment to continually improve ground processing fidelity and turnaround
  • Build data and processes to support Structural Repair Manual development for applicable vehicle (SS2, WK2) platform
  • Provides guidance and resolution for problems during Non-Destructive Inspection (NDI) activities to ensure efficiency and quickest possible completion of NDI activities
  • Works closely with VG maintenance management and TSC/VG engineering to continuously improve systems, processes, and operations. Establishes and maintains structural defect reporting database and ensures compliance to Maintenance Planning Document items


Other general operations engineering duties include:


  • Coordinate and/or integrate with VG Systems engineers and counterpart TSC designers on repairs, modifications and/or design change proposals for SS2 and/or WK2 systems
  • Review and propose recommendations for repair schemes, standard dispositions, applicable test/inspection methods and operational tools based on operational experience, reliability, maintainability, availability and safety metrics. on SS2 and/or WK2 systems
  • Perform stress analysis on interfaces, repairs and attachment of VG components to the vehicles and Ground Support Equipment

What you bring

  • Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering
  • 5-10 years’ of professional experience in aerospace composite structural repairs or modifications
  • Broad technical knowledge of aerospace composite structures fabrication, test and repair
  • Strong familiarity with Finite Element Modeling of airframe structure; experience using NASTRAN/PATRAN or equivalent FEM
  • Working Knowledge of CAD programs (CATIA V5, SolidWorks)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills mandatory
  • Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills mandatory
  • Excellent computer skills, including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Applicants must be “U.S. persons” as defined by the ITAR (22 CFR §120.15)


Is This Job Right For You?

You must be interested in advancing the state of commercial space technology, specifically ground breaking, cost effective, passenger carrying, rocket propulsion systems. The Virgin Galactic spaceline is to set the gold standard for safety, reliability and performance.


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.

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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