Virgin Galactic

Sr. 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

  • Support 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 Structural Integrity Leadership, support the development of methods and processes to define structural substantiation of spaceflight systems for Virgin Galactic.
  • Support development and maintenance of Structural Integrity departmental documents, including but not limited to the Structural Analysis Manual, Stress Notes Templates, Checklists, Coordination Memos, etc
  • Support development and maintenance of structural analysis tools, including but not limited to MS Excel templates, macros, and scripts.
  • Execute other duties as required to support company and program objectives.

What you bring

Basic Qualifications

  • Minimum 10 years of applicable experience in the analysis of Primary Structural systems using strength of materials methods on primary aircraft/spacecraft structure on both Composites and Metallic Structures.
  • High level of technical expertise in finite element modeling.
  • 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.


Preferred Skills and Experience.

  • 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 related to fatigue and damage tolerance.
  • Demonstrated proficiency using Femap and Nastran.
  • Spacecraft and launch vehicle structural analysis, design, build and test experience.


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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