Virgin Galactic

Senior Avionics & Instrumentation Engineer

Company The Spaceship Company
Category Engineering
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

TSC is seeking an Avionics and Instrumentation Engineer responsible for assisting in the development, integration, installation and analysis of Avionics and Electrical systems and equipment on WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceshipTwo. The position includes both avionics systems tasks and hands-on design, development, and test tasks. The scope of the avionics instrumentation position includes: evaluation of flight avionics hardware, a good understanding of signal conditioning, data acquisition concepts, and actuator control/monitoring, RF communication and wire harness elements. The avionics and instrumentation engineer will also be involved in the testing and checkout of flight software including hardware interface, vehicle guidance, navigation, control, fault tolerance, ground-support electronics hardware and software, and integrated vehicle health monitoring.

Your Mission

  • Design and development of flight test instrumentation systems in close collaboration with Avionics and other engineering disciplines
  • Selection of sensors for flight test instrumentation including: Strain gauges, thermocouples, and pressure transducers
  • Create installation definition for flight test instrumentation
  • Support other departments regarding flight test instrumentation sensor integration
  • Develop TSC flight test instrumentation specifications and ensure equipment compliance
  • Develop, implement and troubleshoot solutions to address hardware and software obsolescence

What you bring

  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and 5+ years’ experience as an Flight Test Instrumentation or Avionics/Electrical Engineer
  • Ability to read and generate wiring schematics and installation diagrams using CAD software
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and able to work across organizational teams
  • 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 are highly desired
  • Excellent organizational skills and problem solving skills
  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, Powerpoint, Visio and Catia V/Solidworks
  • 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.


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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