Virgin Galactic

Technical Writer

Company Virgin Galactic
Category Operations
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!

Who you are

Virgin Galactic (VG) is seeking an experienced Technical Publication professional with background in aircraft and engineering publication definition, drafting, release and configuration control. This role is for a hands-on technical writer who pays great attention to details, possesses excellent people skills, and loves to write! This is a full-time position located in Las Cruces, New Mexico with the work to be conducted at Spaceport America. Any candidate who applies for this role must be able to relocate to Las Cruces, New Mexico or the surrounding area in order to qualify for this role. 



Your Mission

  • Supports the development, production, writing, internal and external reviews, submittals, releases, distribution and control of company publication documents, such as: General Maintenance Manual (GMM), Aircraft Maintenance Manual (AMM), General Operations Manual (GOM), Administrative Manual (ADM), Pilot Operational Handbook (POH), flight procedures, User Guides, and other supporting engineering or operational documents.
  • Advises engineering management (for both TSC and VG) in matters relating to the compliance and U.S. Export Regulations. Champions the development and maintenance of ITAR compliance methodology. Enforces publications ITAR compliance within the Engineering and Technical Operations Department.
  • Provides progress status to engineering leadership and program management.
  • Works with VG technical support engineers, The Spaceship Company (TSC) project engineers, TSC program managers, and the sub-contract managers to ensure availability of all necessary information that will be needed in preparation of maintenance documents.
  • Works with technical operations, maintenance, quality and engineering Managers/Directors to implement changes to the released maintenance documents and general VG policy manuals.
  • Provides assistance to customer support personnel to resolve documentation deficiencies which were noted during usage of products.
  • Facilitate the safety, quality and engineering verification and validation of procedures and the engineer's review of the technical accuracy of information contained in the AMMs and other maintenance documentation as applicable.

What you bring

  • Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in Engineering or related technical discipline from a recognized institution.
  • High level of proficiency in matters relating to preparation of the technical data, product support data, logistic data, and technical publications documents.
  • Excellent knowledge of the aerospace industry standards and specifications.
  • Possess detailed knowledge of desktop publishing software and publishing tools, with a strong base in SGML/XML markup languages. CSDB knowledge and implementation expertise a plus.
  • Strong background and previous experience and involvement in implementation of technical publications platforms and management.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Demonstrated ability in solving complex technical problems and a strong ownership and drive to bring issues to closure.
  • Demonstrated ability in leadership, excellent communication and organizational skills.
  • Applicants must be U.S. persons as defined by the ITAR (22 CFR §120.15)

Desired Skills and Experience

  • General illustration experience is a plus
  • Technical illustration creation software knowledge. Working with 3D CAD environments/software is highly desirable.
  • Professional experience in aviation/aerospace business or management.
  • Knowledge of and proven experience in ATA e-commerce Spec 2000 and/or S1000D.

*The Employer retains the right to change or assign other duties to this position.



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.

Personal Requirements

The Virgin Galactic 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.


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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