Virgin Galactic

Sr. Spaceship Propulsion Operations Engineer

Company Virgin Galactic
Category Program
US-NM-Las Cruces
Req No.
2021-6414
Type
Regular Full-Time
Classification
Exempt
Location : Location
US-NM-Las Cruces

Who we are

Virgin Galactic, www.VirginGalactic.com (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 (VG) is seeking a senior engineer with hands-on experience and a strong background in rocket propulsion systems, preferably with hybrid or liquid propulsion or with high pressure fluids and composite overwrapped pressure vessels experience. Ideally the engineer will have a background in design, manufacturing, integration, testing and/or flight operations. This role requires critical thinking across hardware integration and product lifecycles. Experience with typical rocket propellants (LOX, Hypergols, Hydrogen, solids, etc.) is a strong plus. This role is for a hands-on person with great attention to detail and excellent people skills. This is a full-time position at Virgin Galactic’s aerospace facility in Las Cruces, NM.

 

Responsibilities

  • Leading, coordinating, and executing operational procedures for propellant/pressurized gases loading
  • Providing real-time systems control room monitoring during space flights to monitor system performance and recommend corrective actions as required
  • Maintaining and operating Ground Support Equipment for flight operations
  • Being a systems expert for on-ship maintenance, pre-flight, and post-flight activities
  • Designing and executing Ground Support Equipment upgrades for increased reliability, improved efficiency, and higher flight cadence operations
  • Resolving and dispositioning rocket motor system issues and implementing future improvements
  • Reviewing operational data to identify areas for further development, testing, analyses, and improvement to ensure the system meets and exceeds all requirements for performance, safety, and reliability
  • Recommending concepts for component or system redesign based on operational experience, reliability, and maintainability
  • Authoring, reviewing, and approving technical publications (maintenance manuals, operating procedures, work instructions, dispositions, piping and instrumentation diagrams)
  • Performing post flight data analysis, including continued development of system health monitoring and reliability data

What you bring

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering from an accredited institution, with 15+ years relevant industry experience 
  • Liquid or hybrid rocket propulsion operations and testing experience
  • Aerospace high pressure fluids operations/testing and analysis or design experience
  • Ability to make critical split-second decisions in high stress situations
  • Excellent teamwork, organizational, communication, technical writing, and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to train others
  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint

 

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Experience with real-time monitoring of critical systems
  • Experience with propulsion Ground Support Equipment
  • Experience leading others
  • Experience with SOLIDWORKS
  • Experience with data analysis software such as MatLab
  • Experience with the design of flight vehicles or vehicle systems to a set of requirements or standards such as CFR 14, Part 400, Part 23 and 25, military or NASA
  • Experience with fault tree analysis and multidisciplinary trade studies
  • Experience developing requirements and executing verification plans

 

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 stand for extended periods – 9 hours minimum
  • Must be able to stoop, bend, crawl, and maneuver in tight spaces
  • Must be able to work in extreme environments (low/high temperatures, windy, noisy)
  • 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.

 

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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