Virgin Galactic

Mechanical Systems & GSE Operations Engineer

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

Who we are

Virgin Galactic (SPCE:NYSE) Virgin Galactic 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 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

This experienced, hands‐on Mechanical /GSE Engineer for SpaceShipTwo (SS2) space vehicle, the Imagine Space Ship3 and/or Eve mother ship vehicle and associated Ground Support Equipment (GSE) will coordinate mechanical engineering efforts related to the operational implementation and documentation of GSE. Qualified candidates should have a strong technical background in aerospace or aviation mechanical systems and aerospace ground support equipment. In this role the person may be asked to provide day to day direction to operations technicians.



  • Create, develop, test and implement GSE.
    Work closely with maintenance management and engineering to maintain vehicle/GSE functionality and to improve systems, processes, and operations for spaceship and mothership mechanical systems.
    Coordinate the engineering activities between the various engineering specialties within the product team.
    Track, manage and mitigate the mechanical systems engineering risks.
    Ensure all customer product requirements are met.

General duties include:

  • Coordinate and/or integrate with VG systems engineers and designers on modifications and/or design change proposals for spaceship and mothership GSE.
  • Review and propose concepts for redesign recommendations based on operational experience, reliability, maintainability, etc. on spaceship and mothership systems.
  • Review and approve technical publications. Propose modifications where appropriate. Includes:
    • Review and approve repair manuals for mechanical systems and may author portions as appropriate.
    • Approve and/or review disposition for component removals and replacements.
    • Author and/or approve mechanical system anomaly troubleshooting dispositions.
    • Author and/or approve mechanical systems Work Instructions/Engineering Reports.

What you bring

  • Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering, with 1+ years relevant industry experience
  • Working knowledge of aircraft and space systems and familiarity with relevant aerospace standards (FAA, FAA‐AST etc.).
  • Experience with OSHA desirable.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills with high attention to detail.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills.
  • Strong IT skills, including Excel and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) tools. Computer Aided Design (CAD) experience with CATIA V5 and Solid Works is required.
  • Applicants must be U.S. persons as defined by the ITAR (22 CFR §120.15)

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. 


The Spaceship Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with The Spaceship Company 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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