Virgin Galactic

Spaceship Propulsion Electrical & Controls Engineer

Company Virgin Galactic
Category Program
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!

Your Mission

Virgin Galactic (VG) is seeking a hands-on experienced electrical and controls engineer, ideally one with a background in rocket propulsion systems testing and/or flight operations. The engineer will be responsible for a wide range of propulsion related electrical and controls tasks, including the development of automated/remote control systems, electrical and controls focused maintenance and upgrades for Ground Support Equipment, and data capturing/processing.  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.



  • Developing clean-slate automated and remotely operated ground-based systems for propellant/pressurized gases loading (full ownership from design to build)
  • Maintaining and operating electrical aspects of Ground Support Equipment for flight operations
  • Being an electrical 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 electrical system issues and implementing future improvements
  • Executing procedures for calibration of electrical instrumentation such as pressure transducers, thermocouples, RTDs, strain gages, load cells, etc. 
  • Maintaining and updating electrical schematics
  • Authoring, reviewing, and approving technical publications (maintenance manuals, operating procedures, work instructions, dispositions, electrical system 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 Electrical, Aerospace, or Mechanical Engineering from an accredited institution, with 3+ years relevant industry experience
  • Experience implementing data acquisition and control systems, 2-3 years
  • 2-3 years’ experience with Matlab and Labview
  • Experience controlling high pressure valving and solenoids using software running on hardware
  • Experience with Simulink and C/C++ programming
  • Experience with Linux based operating system
  • Experience with Serial Port communication – RS232,RS485,RS422, Modbus RTU
  • Experience designing switched control circuited using mechanical relays, solid state relays
  • Experience with Bluetooth, Zigbee or other RF communication protocol
  • Experience with Arduino and Arduino based control circuits
  • Ability to read and create circuit, harness, and instrumentation schematics
  • Familiarity with electrical hardware and fabrication of simple circuits and harnesses
  • Excellent teamwork, organizational, communication, technical writing, and problem-solving skills
  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint


Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Experience with or knowledge of typical rocket propellants (LOX, Hypergols, Hydrogen, solids, etc.)
  • Liquid or hybrid rocket propulsion operations and testing experience
  • Experience generating operational procedures and documentation
  • Experience with real-time monitoring of critical systems
  • Experience with propulsion Ground Support Equipment
  • Ability to make critical split-second decisions in high stress situations


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
  • 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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