Virgin Galactic

Composite Technician

Company Virgin Galactic
Category Operations
US-NM-Las Cruces
Req No.
Regular Full-Time
Location : Location
US-NM-Las Cruces

Who we are

Virgin Galactic, (NYSE: SPCE), 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 us 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!


Virgin Galactic (VG) is seeking a mid-level experienced Composites Technician (Space Wrench) to support our commercial space operations department. The candidate must have a desire to learn something new, enthusiasm for the new space industry and be able to mix existing aerospace experience with Space Flight System maintenance development. This role is for a hands-on person with great attention to detail and excellent people skills.

Your Mission

• Responsible for accomplishing assigned preventive maintenance and repair work on the space flight system vehicles.
• Trimming/finishing of composite assemblies
• Assembly of structures including setup, bonding and fastener applications
• Surface prep, hand abrade and power abrasion techniques
• Laminate assemblies by determining proper placement of composite materials per approved documentation
• Prepare parts for bagging, including placement of bleeders, thermocouples, probes and vacuum connections
• Vacuum bag processing, bonding, and elevated temperature curing
• Making basic layouts on parts or assemblies in order to establish reference points and to check dimensions using calipers, micrometers, precision scales and torque wrenches
• Repairing existing composite laminate assemblies with approved process specifications and repair instructions, to include close tolerance scarf repairs.
* The Employer retains the right to change or assign other duties to this position

What you bring

• Preferred to have a valid FAA approved Airframe and Powerplant license (A&P License).
• Must have a valid passport and able to obtain a driver’s license.
• Must be familiar with procedures applicable to the various phases of maintenance.
• Must be willing to travel
• Must be able to obtain an AOA badge.


Preferred Skills and Experience
• High school diploma or equivalent.
• Minimum 2 years of college level education preferred.
• Certifications or similar within aerospace, aviation.
• Graduated from a technical college or other recognized apprenticeship.
• Minimum of 3 years with layup, bonding or assembly of composites with at least 2 years of experience with composite tooling materials.
• Must have the ability to assume responsibility for proper administration of policies and procedures.
• Must be able to work under pressure and thrive in a fast paced environment.
• Must display maturity of action and judgment.
• Good communication skills.


Physical and/or Additional Requirements
• Must be able to work all shifts and available for overtime as well as weekends when needed.
• Must be able to travel 25% or more of the time.
• Must be able to stand for extended periods – 8 hours min.
• Must be able to stoop, bend, crawl, and being able to maneuver in tight spaces- 3+ hours min.
• Physically able to handle items weighing up to 40lbs (unassisted).


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.


As part of our commitment to health and safety, COVID-19 vaccines are required for current U.S. teammates, as well as all newly hired employees. 

As of October 1, 2021, all new hires must be able to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, ( “fully vaccinated” means at least two weeks have expired since receiving the vaccination’s last dose as recommended by the manufacturer) . If  you are offered employment, this requirement must be met by your date of hire. 


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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