Virgin Galactic

Lead Technician, Manufacturing Parts Fab

Company Virgin Galactic
Category Production
Req No.
Regular Full-Time
Location : Location
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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

VG is seeking first rate qualified Lead Composite Tech with experience in composite aircraft production.  This role is for a hands-on person with great attention to detail and excellent people skills.  The first task of this role will be to quickly learn and understand the unique bonding and assembly processes used in the production of these aircraft.  The lead in this position will help refine and improve the production processes, equipment, and tools in order to create an efficient, organized, and lean factory.  After production operations begin, the lead will work hands on along with shop floor personnel to produce top quality aircraft and spaceships and contribute to process improvement using lean processes and tools.

  • Day-to-day oversight of shop floor personnel.
  • Assigning daily tasks to shop personnel as required to meet daily milestones.
  • Work closely with production planner to forecast completion dates and estimate work package durations.
  • Encourage and provide development and training opportunities for shop personnel through excellent coaching and leadership skills.
  • Hands‐on composites manufacturing.
  • Composites material handling: cutting, layup, weighing, measuring, bagging, etc.
  • Assembly: bond prep via hand sanding, dry fitting components, hand working parts to fit, hand trimming, wet layup, applying adhesives, and fixturing/locating structure.
  • Computer related responsibilities.
  • Working with ERP system to manage material and product review process.
  • Educate workforce on proper use of ERP/MRP system.
  • Inputting data and inspection results.
  • Requires the ability follow and document complex processes.

What you bring

  • Hands on experience in a precision yet manual manufacturing setting.
  • 5 or more years of experience with composites and/or aircraft fabrication and assembly.
  • Relevant experience as a department lead.
  • Excellent interpersonal, coaching, and leadership skills.
  • Extreme attention to detail and continual pursuit of perfection.
  • Excellent organizational skills and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong team player.
  • Knowledge of lean manufacturing philosophies and tools a plus.
  • Experience with manufacturing based ERP systems a plus.


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 stand for extended periods – 9 hours min.
  • Must be able to stoop, bend, crawl, and being able to maneuver in tight spaces.
  • 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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