Virgin Galactic

Test Engineering Group Lead

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 experienced test engineer to lead environmental testing of mechanical systems and avionics components, assemblies, and integrated systems. This role leads a team of engineers and technicians through the process of defining test requirements with internal customers, writing test plans, designing test stands, executing tests and analyzing and reporting data. Engineers in this position are expected to provide have strong experience with commercial aerospace standard environmental test practices and methods as well as engineering experience in design and analysis to require to develop custom tests, as well as demonstrated experience in leadership.

Your Mission

  • Design tests plans and equipment for validation of complex mechanical or structural components and systems.
  • Write test plans and procedures to define and support execution of tests.
  • Interface with internal customers on integrated program teams to establish and verify specific test requirements.
  • Work with support teams and vendors to procure, manufacture and assemble test articles and test stand hardware and equipment.
  • Analyze test data to verify test requirements and write test reports to document test results.
  • Interface with external test laboratories to facilitate testing for TSC design and analysis teams.
  • Participate in the test engineering review, approval and release process.
  • Participate in the continuous improvement of testing practices, including test processes, lab procedures and lab technology implementation.

What you bring

  • Education and Experience. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, with a concentration in a relevant Engineering discipline.
  • 4-8 years’ or more experience in aerospace with an emphasis on testing or equivalent laboratory test engineering experience
  • Demonstrated experience in a leadership role
  • Experience with DO-160 environmental test standards for mechanical systems and related standards such as MIL-STD-810
  • 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
  • Focus on safety and reliability in testing.
  • CAD modelling experience – Experience with Catia V5 or Solidworks preferred
  • Experience with simulation and finite element analysis preferred – NASTRAN, Femap
  • Results oriented approach to completing test activities successfully.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent Organizational Skills and problem-solving skills
  • Strong team player.

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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