Virgin Galactic

GSE Lead SpaceWrench

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

Who we are

Virgin Galactic, (SPCE:NYSE), recognizes that the answers to many of the challenges we face in sustaining life on our beautiful but fragile planet, like 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

·       Ensure the timely and quality execution of scheduled and unscheduled maintenance on company owned/leased GSE, SGSE, and vehicle fleet
·       Perform diagnostic procedures to determine needed repairs.  Responsible for creation and timely execution of repair plans, ordering parts, and communicating all delays to supervisor
·       Assist with and perform standard to complex mechanical and electric repairs on equipment
·       Assist with and perform welding repairs with MIG welding, stick welding, or acetylene gas welding
·       Assist with and perform daily preoperational inspection of gear to ensure serviceability and operational readiness. Charge or fuel as needed.
·       Maintain a clean and well organized work area at all times, free of dirt, clutter, and debris.  Both gear and workspace are to maintain a “show room” standard

What you bring

  • Minimum of 4 years relevant mechanical experience
  • Minimum of 1 year in a supervisory/lead position with demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and maintain a safe an efficient workplace.
  • Must have and be able to maintain a valid Driver’s License and a clean driving record that will pass the criteria set by our insurance carrier for on the job coverage.
  • Sound ability to interpret printed or electronic maintenance manuals
  • High school diploma or GED equivalent required
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally to support operational needs

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Has a strong systems mechanical background and show ability to learn and become proficient on new and/or customized equipment
  • Good oral and written communication skills with the ability to interact effectively with all levels of management
  • Displays sound judgment, with the ability to make accurate and timely decisions
  • Must possess strong motivational, organizational, interpersonal and computer skills.
  • Sound ability to interpret printed or electronic maintenance manuals
  • Ability to adapt to paperless environment, using tablets to receive and record maintenance tasks via MRO (Maintenance, Repair, and Operations) software
  • Ability and desire to work in a fast paced start-up environment
    *The Employer retains the right to change or assign other duties to this position.

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 travel 25% or more of the time and/or be on call as needed.
  • Must be able to stand for extended periods – 8 hours min.
  • Must be able to stoop, bend, crawl, and being able to maneuver in tight spaces- 3+ hours min.
  • 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.


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. 


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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