Virgin Galactic

Specialist, Internal Loads & Methods Engineer

Company Virgin Galactic
Category Engineering
Req No.
Regular Full-Time
Location : Location
Additional Locations

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

  • Provide technical leadership for the Internal Loads and Methods groups in support of the structural integrity program at Virgin Galactic.
  • Lead execution of internal loads finite element models based on customer requirements including:
    • Finite Element Model development/refinement, validation, and correlation to tests.
    • Support loads development for spaceflight systems and related ground systems.
    • Development of mathematical models for internal loads.
    • Development of internal loads of mechanical flight control systems.
  • Working with the Manager of Internal Loads and Methods, lead the development of methods and processes to define structural substantiation of spaceflight systems for Virgin Galactic.
  • Create and curate Structural Integrity departmental documents, including but not limited to the Structural Analysis Manual, Stress Notes Templates, Checklists, Coordination Memos, etc
  • Create and curate structural analysis tools, including but not limited to MS Excel templates, macros, and scripts.
  • Support team development and growth with a commitment to elevating people through mentorship and career development of engineers.
  • Coordinate with Program Management, engineering, and other integrated product team staff regarding vehicle design and analysis.
  • Interface with other program leaders to assist senior leadership with setting priorities and meet VG company goals.
  • Execute other duties as required to support company and program objectives.

What you bring

Basic Qualifications

  • Minimum 15 years of experience in structural integrity. Familiar with composite and metallic structures, and using finite element based and classical stress analysis techniques.
  • High level of technical expertise in finite element modeling.
  • 10 years experience in composites and metallic primary structures, analysis and sizing using FEA models, including pre and post processing of finite element models and associated sizing as well as strong knowledge of manufacturing and repair of such structural components.
  • Excellent engineering analytical and technical problem-solving skills.
  • Applicants must be U.S. persons as defined by the ITAR (22 CFR §120.15).
  • Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace, Mechanical or similar Engineering discipline from an accredited institution.
  • Team player with excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Excellent computer skills, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Must be self-motivated and capable of working with minimal supervision, adaptable to changing environments and handle multiple tasks and/or projects simultaneously.
  • Encourages other employees to do the same and leads by exemplary service.


Preferred Skills and Experience


  • Minimum 5 years experience with Damage Tolerance and Fatigue Analysis on both Metallic and Composites.
  • Experience in composite fabrication, design, and analysis processes.
  • Familiarity with space flight vehicles, rocket propulsion systems, and components.
  • Knowledge of FAA Part 23 and 25 FARs.
  • Demonstrated proficiency using Femap and Nastran.
  • Spacecraft and launch vehicle structural analysis, design, build, and test experience
  • Experience with dynamic (modal) testing and correlation of structures
  • Experience with instrumentation for ground and flight tests
  • Experience with mathematical modeling, simulation, and control algorithms.
  • Experience developing structural integrity procedures or manuals.



Physical and/or Additional Requirements

  • Must be able to work all shifts and available for overtime as well as weekends when needed.


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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