Virgin Galactic

Flight Simulators 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), 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


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Your Mission

We are seeking an Avionics and Electrical Systems Engineer to take responsibility for the engineering support, maintenance, and design of VG’s custom-made, one-of-a-kind WhiteknightTwo (WK2) and SpaceshipTwo (SS2) flight simulator, located at Spaceport America, New Mexico. The position includes both systems tasks and hands-on test and operations tasks. The scope of the flight simulator engineering position includes: flight avionics hardware, signal conditioning, data acquisition, actuator control, wire harness elements, flight software including hardware interface, vehicle guidance, navigation, control, fault tolerance, associated ground-support electronics hardware and software, and integrated systems health monitoring. Develops, documents, tests, and debugs simulator hardware. Supports missions and mission rehearsals at Mission Control Centers with other VG Engineering disciplines. 



  • Provide engineering design and maintenance support for VG’s Flight Simulator Systems.
  • Perform system design, integration, testing, and documentation of simulated/emulated SS2/WK2 avionics hardware and software systems, with other flight-certified hardware and software components.
  • Support model test plans and flight test plans for Flight Sciences and Pilot evaluations.
  • Coordinate with multiple VG Engineering, Maintenance, and Flight Operations disciplines on requirements development, hardware/software design, verification, and validation activities.
  • Partner with VG teammates to develop solutions to address hardware and software obsolescence.
  • Responsible for the technical performance of the flight element avionics and electrical systems; including:
    • Coordinate and/or integrate with VG Teammate engineers and designers on modifications and design change proposals for assigned systems. Review and propose concepts for redesign recommendations based on operational experience, reliability, maintainability, etc. on assigned systems.
    • Review and approve technical publications. Propose modifications where appropriate. Includes:
      • Review and approve repair manuals. May author portions as appropriate.
      • Approve and/or review disposition for component removals and replacements.
      • Author and/or approve troubleshooting dispositions.
      • Author and/or approve Work Instructions/Engineering Reports.
  • Provide control room systems engineering support in real time during the mission to monitor systems performance and recommend corrective actions on issues.
  • Perform post flight data analysis function, including continued development of system health monitoring and reliability data for more established systems
  • Perform analysis of tear down and failure reports for failed vendor components (if available)
  • Communicate reliability data/recommendations back to peers and leadership.

What you bring

  • BS degree in Electrical or Aerospace Engineering, Computer Science, Data Systems or similar degree required.
  • 0 - 4 years of relevant avionics engineering experience on development/operational aircraft, spacecraft, and/or flight simulators; Relevant internships or on the job experience are highly preferred.
  • Must understand the systems engineering process.
  • Must have the ability to troubleshoot electromechanical and avionics systems including fault tree analysis.
  • Requires skills with business and engineering software packages: MS Office, MS Visio, and MATLAB, as well as skills with computer operating systems and basic computer networking theory.
  • Skill integrating software programming (embedded or otherwise) to avionics on the vehicles and/or simulators desired. Familiarization with C++, Java, MS Visual Basic, XML, Python or similar is desired.
  • Familiarization with DO-178 and DO-254 is a plus.
  • Current or previous private pilot license highly desirable.
  • Must be a “U.S. person” as defined by the ITAR (22 CFR §120.15).


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. 


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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