Virgin Galactic

Liaison System/Structures Operations Engineer - Night Shift/Weekends

Company Virgin Galactic
Category Engineering
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 public 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 and motivated Liaison Systems/Structures Engineer to join our diverse engineering team to cover night shift/weekends. The successful candidate will be able to work in a dynamic, fast-paced environment where strong communication and teaming/collaboration skills are required to ensure operation and mission requirements are met.  You must possess strong problem-solving skills and serve as an engineering liaison between design engineering, maintenance and quality to assure timely execution of maintenance and operations for our Spaceflight assets. This is a full-time position that will support 4 day /10 hours Night Shift (Monday-Thursday) or Weekend Shift (Thursday – Sunday).This position is located in Las Cruces, New Mexico with direct work occurring at the home of Virgin Galactic’s commercial operations at Spaceport America. Any applicant who applies for this role must be able to relocate to Las Cruces, New Mexico.


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Your Mission

  • Collaborate with Design Engineering, Maintenance, and Quality to ensure change packages for vehicles are properly defined and executed to achieve operational readiness.
  • Lead and/or integrate with operations mechanical systems /structural engineers and TSC engineering teammates on modifications and/or change proposals for SS2 and/or WK2 systems and structural repairs.
  • Perform initial triage response assessments to vehicle system/structural defects raised whether in scheduled or unscheduled maintenance operation.
  • Provide timely and concise dispositions on discrepancies, deferred maintenance items (DMI’s) or repair/alterations including coordination with engineering approval authority levels while ensuring minimal work stoppage for the respective shift vehicle ground processing flow.
  • Assist with providing suggested solutions to potential roadblocks with work instructions and/or technical source data.
  • Develop, validate and verify repairs/alterations for primary and secondary structures in accordance with Structural Repair Manual.
  • Provide AOG and trouble-shooting support.
  • Maintain Vehicle Configuration Models and record removal/replacements of configuration-controlled items. Perform and document component removal/failure investigations and make recommendations for safety and reliability.
  • Characterize and map structural/system deficiency findings.
  • Coordinate changes/ requests to Maintenance Planning Data as required.
  • Coordinate and communicate across shifts and department.

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

What you bring

  • Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace, Mechanical or similar engineering discipline, with 8+ years relevant industry experience.
  • Broad technical knowledge of aerospace composite structures fabrication, test and repair.
  • Knowledge of design manufacturing tolerances for production component using Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing.
  • Quality engineering and/or Material Review Board experience with a good understanding of Material Review Board requirements and procedures.
  • Working knowledge of aircraft and space systems and familiarity with relevant aerospace.
  • standards (FAA, FAA‐AST etc.).
  • 8+ years of experience with aerospace structures, mechanical/flight control systems, pneumatic systems, design or operations desired and 1+ year of experience leading Engineering projects and/or cross-functional teams.
  • NDT/Visual non-conformance disposition experience.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills with high attention to detail.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills.
  • Strong IT skills, including Excel and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) tools. CATIA V5, SolidWorks experience.
  • 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.

Personal Requirements:
VG 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.


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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