Virgin Galactic

Group Lead, Fatigue & Damage Tolerance Analysis

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 engineering management and technical leadership for the Fatigue and Damage Tolerance group in support of the structural integrity program at Virgin Galactic.
  • Support execution of fatigue and damage tolerance evaluation based on customer requirements including:
    • Produce detailed fatigue and damage tolerance substantiation.
    • Develop substantiation documentation related to requirements including:
      • Test plans and results reports
      • Analysis documents
    • Collaborate with other engineering functions and subject matter experts on system level details including assembly and subassembly requirements.
    • Support production build thru dispositions of nonconformance issues.
  • 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.
  • Execute other duties as required to support company and program objectives.

What you bring

Basic Qualifications

  • A minimum of five (5) years experience providing technical engineering leadership in an aerospace environment.
  • More than ten (10) 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 damage tolerance and fatigue of aerospace vehicles.
  • 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.


Preferred Skills and Experience.

  • A minimum of five (5) years of experience in composite damage tolerance and metallic fatigue substantiation.
  • 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.
  • Experience with fatigue spectrum generation and manipulation.
  • Experience with NASGRO crack growth analysis software.
  • Familiarity with material coupon, component and/or vehicle level fatigue and damage tolerance testing.


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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