Virgin Galactic

Spaceship Propulsion Senior Design Engineer

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

Your Mission

Virgin Galactic is seeking a first rate senior aerospace propulsion design engineer with experience in propulsion design, analysis and production manufacturing.  The primary task for the person in this role will be to design, model and analyze engineering solutions for components and subsystems in the hybrid propulsion system of Spaceship.  Engineers in this position will also be expected to review planned manufacturing procedures to ensure compliance with design specifications and intentions, support test definition for verification testing of components and subsystems, and manage components and subsystems through their full lifecycle.

  • Works with Spaceship Propulsion team to develop designs for Spaceship Propulsion systems
  • Develops rapid prototypes for evaluation throughout design development process
  • Develops 3D CAD models and 2D engineering definition for detail parts, assemblies, and installations inside Spaceship.
  • Establishes manufacturing tolerances for production of components
  • Develops and documents system requirements and interface constraints for components
  • Reviews, updates, and compiles engineering analytical definition of structural components and assemblies based on records from the prototype build project
  • Develops standardized analysis criteria and templates
  • Play an integral role in the workflow release process for all structural designs
  • Supports review of manufacturing plans and procedures to ensure compliance with design and loads requirements
  • Coordinates with Analysis and Testing departments to ensure component performance in flight environments
  • Supports test definition to verify that components and manufacturing processes meet design intent and engineering requirements
  • Participates in the review, approval, and release process of engineering definition
  • Supports creation and review of manufacturing plans to ensure compliance with design requirements and company processes
  • Supports components throughout full lifecycle from prototype to final acceptance as well as modifications and repairs after installation
  • Uses engineering judgment to evaluate manufacturing issues and disposition nonconformance reports (NCR)

What you bring


  • Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering from an accredited institution, with a minimum of 7 years relevant industry experience
  • Proficient with CATIA V5
  • Proficient with Solidworks
  • Experience using GD&T and ASME Y14.5M-1994 drafting standards
  • Knowledge of manufacturing methods for various materials (tube bending, composite layup, metal machining, 3D printing, bonded assembly, mechanical assembly)
  • Minimum 3 years or more of applicable experience in the analysis of structural systems using strength of materials and finite element-based methods
  • Experience designing for aerospace environments desired
  • Experience with free-body diagrams and classical stress analysis techniques
  • Experience in the development of human spaceflight hardware desired
  • Experience with Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software and configuration management processes
  • Excellent organizational, communication and problem solving skills
  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel and Powerpoint
  • Applicants must be U.S. persons as defined by ITAR (22 CFR §120.15).
  • Experience with free-body diagrams and classical stress analysis techniques


You must be interested in advancing the state of commercial space technology, specifically groundbreaking, cost effective, passenger carrying, rocket propulsion systems. The Virgin Galactic spaceline is counting on Virgin Galactic 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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