Virgin Galactic

Materials & Process 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 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
TSC is seeking a first rate aircraft materials and processes engineer with experience in composite materials, testing, out-of-autoclave processing, as well as bonded assemblies. The engineer in this role will be expected to fully understand and maintain the materials and processes used in the manufacture of WK2 and SS2. The primary task of this role will be to design and carry-out mechanical testing to support structural analysis of both current and future vehicle builds. This will require consultation and buy-in from stakeholders in various departments so strong interpersonal skills are also necessary. The engineer in this role is expected to be knowledgeable of basic mechanical testing methods, and familiar with composite and paste adhesive properties. An additional task of this role will be to review/write manufacturing procedures and processes to ensure compliance with design specifications.

Your Mission

  • Develop and refine material and process requirements across multiple programs
  • Author materials and processing specifications
  • Author material/joint test plans and their associated reports
  • Review test data and undertake post-testing activities including design allowable calculations, equivalency determinations, and failure mode analysis
  • Review test plans, process specifications, part drawings, and other documents to ensure compliance with design requirements
  • Confer with stakeholders in Manufacturing, Engineering, and other departments to facilitate production of parts
  • Communicate technical concepts and results to Progammatic and Engineering stakeholders to inform company/program decisions
  • Provide technical guidance in the development of new materials, processes, and methods

What you bring

  • A Bachelor’s degree (Master’s or Doctorate preferred) from an ABET, or equivalent, accredited institution with a concentration in a relevant Materials Engineering / Aerospace Engineering / Physical Sciences discipline
  • A minimum of 10 years experience in the evaluation of aerospace materials, including metals, composites, and plastics
  • Familiarity with composite materials and processes used in the manufacture of composite aircraft fuselage and structural components including out-of-autoclave processing, bond preparation, and bonded assemblies
  • Experience in authoring / revising materials and process specifications for composite materials
  • Experience in authoring test plans and reports
  • Extensive knowledge of mechanical testing and physical characterization methods
  • Familiarity with industry-accepted statistical analysis methods of treating test data such as those found in CMH17-1
  • Conversant in non-destructive inspection methods frequently employed on composite parts and assemblies
  • A desire to work in a fast-paced work environment with a motivated team
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Strong team player
  • Excellent computer skills, familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Experience in stress analysis methods, including the use of hand calcs and FEM, is a plus


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 te 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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