Virgin Galactic

Project Engineer - Flight Operations

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

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


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

  • Accountable for the integrated development of Engineering products related to Flight Operations including Flight Ops requirement development, engineering support and development for flight test and verification activities using flight test data for Spaceships.
  • Supports the Flight Operations Project Manager in identifying the flight sciences, product safety and regulatory compliance scope needed to meet program requirements.
  • Leads cross-functional engineering teams to complete projects within the program, and coordinates with other stakeholders in the Program Team.
  • Supports development of Engineering plans to meet program requirements, to include Flight Test Plans, Validation and Verification Plans, and other engineering development plans.
  • Takes ownership of risks to the Program plan and develops integrated proposals to mitigate and retire those risks.
  • Supports the development and validation of the vehicle/product technical requirements in support of overall program requirements.
  • Validates schedule and staffing estimates for the Engineering activities. 
  • Supports the project manager by assigning and prioritizing responsibilities for engineering tasks for their project as required.
  • Cooperate and communicate status effectively with the Program Team and leadership to provide assistance and technical support.
  • Perform high level quality control of the work (technical adequacy, plans, personnel's performance) and report regularly on engineering project status to program and engineering leadership.  Initiate corrective actions for poor quality engineering results.
  • Other duties as required in support of Engineering and Program Requirements.

What you bring

  • Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace, Mechanical, or Electrical Engineering or similar Engineering discipline from an accredited institution.
  • Experience in a flight test control room environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and empower a team of subject matter experts in varying technical disciplines.
  • Understanding of aircraft design and engineering processes, including Model Based Definition, Product Lifecycle Management, Configuration Management, Configuration Control, ERP and MRP systems.
  • Experience with the design or operational support of flight vehicles or vehicle systems to a set of requirements or standards such as CFR 14, Part 400, Part 23 and 25, military or NASA
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, excellent computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Execute strategic goals and objectives in support of the overall company goals and objectives.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills with a high attention to detail.
  • Team player with excellent organizational and interpersonal skills.


U.S. Person Requirement

Because of the export-controlled nature of our technology, applicants are required to be U.S. Persons (either a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident, or protected individual as defined by the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) (22 C.F.R. §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. 


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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