Virgin Galactic

Spaceship Propulsion Mechanical 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 qualified Engineer with design and analysis experience. Experience with design/analysis of hybrid propulsion systems preferred, experience with liquid or solid propulsion systems would also be considered. An ideal candidate would have experience working from high level system requirements to develop propulsion system designs that the candidate maintained responsibility for throughout the entire development, qualification and operational process. In addition, experience with flight hardware, component qualification/substantiation, motor fabrication and casting, material testing, rocket motor qualification, and acceptance testing is a plus.


  • Contribute to and support a team of Engineers to design, analyze and develop Propulsion components.
  • Contribute to and lead design reviews, (PDR, CDR, etc) and create corresponding technical documentation (ATP, QTP, QTR, FMEA, etc.)
  • Develop statements of work (SOW) for new or revised products.
  • Monitor and report on project progress with vendor to assure quality and adherence to design specifications.
  • Review product design for conformance with system requirements, engineering principles, company standards and related specifications.
  • Design fluid/pneumatic components.
  • Support New Product Introduction of designs onto Spaceship .
  • Develop  test requirements and support the Testing Process as needed.
  • Interact professionally and technically with vendors as necessary in support of the team mission in a manner that supports Virgin Galactic values.

What you bring

  • Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering from an accredited institution
  • Desired experience level: 6+ years with Bachelor’s degree
  • Understanding of high pressure fluid and pneumatic systems and diagrams
  • Experience with Matlab and Simulink
  • Experience with stress analysis (FEA)
  • Proficient with GD&T terminology and symbols
  • Proficient in creation and revision of drawings using CATIA and Solid Works
  • Experience with the design and testing of flight vehicles or vehicle systems to a set of regulations standards (such as CFR 14, Part 400, Part 23 and 25), or standards set by the military or NASA.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of fluid dynamics and combustion device design.
  • Experience with the design of hybrid rockets or alternatively liquid rocket engines.
  • Experience with testing and qualification of propulsion systems.
  • Experience iterating on propulsion system design based on test results and operational experience.
  • Familiar with Military/Aerospace specifications (MIL, SAE, ASTM, RTCA DO-160D)
  • Strong team player and ability to work independently with excellent organizational and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to interact with all levels of the organization.
  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Teams, Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Applicants must be U.S. persons as defined by ITAR (22 CFR §120.15)


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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