Virgin Galactic

Interiors Operations Engineer

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 (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 an experienced and motivated Liaison Systems/Structures Engineer to join our diverse engineering team. 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 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.



  • 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 engineering teammates located in Mojave, CA 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.

What you bring

  • Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace, Mechanical or similar discipline and 5+ years relevant and applicable 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.
  • Knowledge of aircraft interiors installation and materials used.
  • Quality engineering and/or Material Review Board experience with a good understanding of Material Review Board requirements and procedures is preferred.
  • Working knowledge of aircraft and space systems and familiarity with relevant aerospace standards (FAA, FAA‐AST etc.).
  • 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)

Is This Job Right for You?
You must be interested in advancing the state of commercial space technology, specifically ground-breaking, cost effective, passenger carrying, rocket propulsion systems. The Virgin Galactic space line is to set the gold standard for safety, reliability and performance.


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.


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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