Virgin Galactic

Propulsion Test Engineer

Company Virgin Galactic
Category Engineering
Req No.
Regular Full-Time
Location : Location

Who we are

Virgin Galactic (SPCE:NYSE) Virgin Galactic recognizes that the answers to many of the challenges we face in sustaining life on our beautiful but fragile planet, lie in making better use of space.

Sending people to space has not only expanded our understanding of science, but taught us amazing things about human ingenuity, physiology and psychology.

From space, we are able to look with a new perspective both outward and back. From space, the borders that are fought over on Earth are arbitrary lines. From space it is clear that there is much more that unites than divides us.

We are at the vanguard of a new industry determined to pioneer twenty-first century spacecraft, which will open space to everybody — and change the world for good.  Sir Richard Branson, Founder, Virgin Galactic

  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!

Your Mission

Virgin Galactic (VG) is seeking a Propulsion Systems Avionics Test Engineer. This position will be responsible for the “hands-on” development and operation of Hardware-In-The-Loop testing of propulsion avionics components (including controllers, valves, and instrumentation).. This role is for a hands-on person with great attention to detail and excellent people skills. This is a full-time position at the VG aerospace facility in Mojave, California.

  • Development of avionics hardware-in-the-loop test bench setups per Engineering specification and requirements, to include the Rocket Motor Controller Test Bench and electronics for other Propulsion Component development, test, and qualification setups.
  • Responsible for designing, fabricating and maintaining Propulsion electronic hardware and systems, to include flight hardware, test setups, and ground support equipment.
  • Fabricating electrical harnesses to Engineering schematics and/or drawings, and according to appropriate DoD or NASA standards.
  • Maintaining and updating electrical schematics under Engineering direction, including release thru Agile, or other configuration management systems.
  • Execute procedures for calibration of electrical instrumentation such as pressure transducers, thermocouples, RTDs, strain gages, load cells, etc.  Responsible for maintaining calibration records.
  • Development and specification of electronic control and indicator panels/boxes per Engineering requirements.
  • Specification and installation of strain gages, strain gage amplifiers, and associated hardware per Engineering requirements.
  • Specification and installation of accelerometers and associated hardware per Engineering requirements.
  • Specification, configuration, and setup of National Instruments hardware, including specific modules and chassis.
  • Maintain and upgrade Test Facility Data Acquisition and Control Systems, including all documentation.
  • Maintain and upgrade Propulsion Operations Demonstrator electronics, instrumentation, and electrical harnesses including all documentation.
  • Support integration of electronic test hardware and software, working closely with Test software engineering and development.
  • Operate and maintain National Instruments LabVIEW and VeriStand software applications in support of Test activities
  • Support pre-hot fire test Rocket Systems Checkouts, Rocket Motor Controller checkouts, Pressurization System Controller Checkouts, etc., to include troubleshooting and problem resolution.
  • Maintain and manage the Propulsion Avionics Laboratory, to include keeping an inventory of supplies, tools, and equipment.
  • Participate in electronics and DACS software training, as required.
  • Support rocket motor Production testing and automation, as required

What you bring

  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from an accredited institution
  • 3+ years of relevant experience is preferred (will consider less with MS degree)
  • Flight hardware assembly, vehicle integration & hardware-in-the-loop testing experience
  • Some experience controlling high pressure valving and solenoids
  • 2-3 years’ experience with National Instruments Data Acquisition and Control Systems required
  • 2-3 years’ experience with Matlab and Labview required
  • Experience with Simulink, Veristand and C/C++ programming
  • Ability to read and create circuit, harness, and instrumentation schematics
  • Familiarity with electrical hardware and fabrication of simple circuits and harnesses
  • Excellent organizational, communication and problem solving skills
  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint

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.


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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