Virgin Galactic

Materials Test Technician

Company The Spaceship Company
Category Production
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 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 first rate composites shop technicians to work in our Materials and Process (M&P) lab. With a heavy focus on composite test coupon/ test article production. This role is for a hands-on person with great attention to detail and excellent people skills. The first task of this role will be to learn and understand the unique bonding and assembly processes used in the production our aircraft and spacecraft. The technician in this position will work from engineering drawings and detailed work instructions to fabricate top quality, high precision test articles and coupons, which will later be used by our test lab. 

Your Mission

  • Composites material handling: cutting composite fabric with scissors, laying up composite fabric by hand to create test articles/test coupons with various purposes, weighing resins and hardener, measuring locations on tools to locate composite fabric per engineering drawings, bagging around the part, then putting parts under vacuum to help consolidate plies and to ensure part takes shape of tool during oven cure, etc.
  • Cleaning, hand sanding composite surfaces, hand finishing parts to meet drawings and with precise specifications, hand trimming, wet layup (using adhesives and fabrics), applying adhesives, etc.
  • Work with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system to record job status, time spent, and material tracking

What you bring

  • Must be a self starter
  • Strong ability to work independently as well as the member of a team
  • Experience with composites or aircraft fabrication and assembly preferred
  • Hands-on experience in a precision yet manual manufacturing setting strongly preferred
  • Must be able to take direction well
  • Extreme attention to detail and a continual pursuit of perfection
  • Excellent listening and communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and problem-solving skills
  • Knowledge of lean manufacturing philosophies and tools a plus
  • Experience with manufacturing-based ERP systems a plus
  • Strong safety work ethic – recognizes the importance of properly handing hazardous materials, chemicals, tools, etc.
  • Enjoys manual/physical labor


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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