Virgin Galactic

Specialist Loads 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

The Specialist Loads Engineer will be responsible for advancing the external loads development for our vehicles SpaceShipTwo and WhiteKnightTwo, as well as other special projects. The Specialist Loads Engineer will provide technical leadership and mentorship, enforcing a culture of continual improvement and quality within the Loads & Dynamics Team. The successful candidate will build on an intimate knowledge of all aircraft systems. The engineer will also support instrumentation planning, mission control preparation, data processing, and model evaluation for flight testing and vehicle envelope expansion.

Your Mission

  • Support loads event simulation model development and validation of loads criteria for suborbital space missions and other unconventional configurations
  • Support pre-flight preparation including review of test limitations, flight test plans and procedures, flight readiness reviews, mission control room support, and post flight analysis
  • Work with other engineering groups to ensure proper application of design and loads requirements
  • Develop airframe and component loads for structural design and qualification
  • Support entry into commercial service by ensuring that regulatory and internal company requirements related to loads are met
  • Develop standardized analysis and reporting tools
  • Perform model updates from data collected during vehicle or component testing and data created with analytical tools
  • Develop and maintain loads databases for use in analysis of WK2 and SS2 during all mission phases
  • Develop and substantiate rational loads criteria and requirements for unique vehicles with unconventional configurations
  • Provide loads technical leadership throught the engineering organization
  • Develop and improve loads standards, processes, and best practices
  • Develop technical roadmaps, concepts, and approaches that establish strategic direction for the company related to loads
  • Lead design or analysis of new products, systems or processes
  • Leads effective cross functional teams to solve complex problems and helps other people and teams be successful
  • Leads projects, peers, and teams to make engineering decisions and recommendations
  • Organizes and plans work and sets standards for team to meet company objectives
  • Meets commitments and executes plan
  • Actively mentors and coaches others

What you bring

  • Graduate degree in Aerospace Engineering, and/or equivalent, with minimum of 8 years of experience in external loads
  • Test planning experience is highly desired, including flight and ground testing, writing test plans, instrumentation selection and planning, and data verification
  • Test execution experience is highly desired, including familiarity with standard flight test practices and safety processes
  • Experiences in flight test aerodynamic and loads model validation and correlation
  • Experience with full aircraft analysis – transonic required, launch vehicle desirable, supersonic highly desirable
  • Working knowledge of aircraft and spacecraft systems
  • Exerience with flight dynamics 6DOF trajectory simulation
  • Familiarity with relevant aerospace standards and structural design criteria (FAA, FAA-AST, NASA, MilSpec, etc.)
  • Advanced programming skills: MATLAB, Python, C, C++, FORTRAN, Simulink; to include software development best practices like code review and configuration management
  • Experience with CATIA V5 and NASTRAN
  • Strong ability to work system tasks, and adept at communicating with multiple interfaces
  • Proven ability to work in a team environment
  • Excellent proactive communication (oral, written, presentation), interpersonal, negotiation and organizational skills
  • 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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