Virgin Galactic

Assistant Crew Chief

Company Virgin Galactic
Category Operations
US-NM-Las Cruces
Req No.
Regular Full-Time
Location : Location
US-NM-Las Cruces

Who we are

Virgin Galactic, (NYSE: SPCE), recognizes that the answers to many of the challenges we face in sustaining life on our beautiful but fragile planet, like 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


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Your Mission

The Assistant Crew Chief’s main responsibility is to help the Crew Chief in the day to day flow of maintenance / testing on the vehicle. In the absence of the Crew Chief, the Assistant Crew Chief will assume all of the responsibilities of the Crew Chief.


  • Will assist in leading rigorous completion of the vehicle inspection program to identify any component malfunctions, ensure necessary operational tests are completed and prepare the craft for service. He or she will work with Crew Chief and Engineering to review maintenance and flight data reports to determine trends and operational maintenance program effectiveness
  • Will assist in the responsibility of releasing a safe to fly WK2 or SS2 for every mission, responsible for maintenance crew diligence and delivery of a high quality of work
  • Perform functions that will collect, document, and process lessons learned, and ensure the continual update and improvements of maintenance practices
  • Coordinate with the VG planning team to assess upcoming work and flight schedules, and address all part requirements and availability
  • Work with the VG/TSC engineering teams to develop the WK2 or SS2 maintenance program, track systems & structural development items and co-ordinate and implement improvements/modifications to maintenance, reliability and availability
  • Responsible for crew welfare and for providing a fun, yet professional (Virgin) working environment
  • In the absence of the Crew Chief, be responsible for crew work assignments on a daily bases
  • Manages and directs his/her operation toward its primary objectives by performing the preceding duties personally or through subordinates
  • Continue work flow as usual in the absence of Crew Chief
  • Responsible for setting up and handling meetings as required
  • Keep Maintenance Supervisor and Manager informed on status of the aircraft and the team
  • Work with VG management to carry out the developing vision of the VG Spaceline Maintenance Department

What you bring


  • Associate's and/or Bachelors related degree is preferred. However, consideration will be given for equivalent operational leadership experience
  • FAA Airframe & Power plant License with minimum 4 years experience to include a minimum of 1 year in a leadership experience preferred
  • Experience with composite aircraft is required
  • A successful track record and experience with process improvement in maintenance and/or production environments
  • Excellent troubleshooting skills
  • Ability to manage tasks from a daily level up to 6 months out
  • Proficient with Microsoft Outlook, Excel and Power point
  • MRO maintenance tracking software experience required, Ultramain Systems Inc. software preferred
  • Ability to work in a paperless environment utilizing various computerized platforms
  • Excellent leadership and management skills, ability prioritize tasks, apply good intrapersonal skills and utilize available resources to accomplish company goals
  • Good oral communication skills and ability to train others on the job
  • Ability to work in a fast paced start-up environment
  • Ability to pass the background check to obtain a US airport AOA and/or NMSA spaceport badge
  • Willing to travel and be on-call 24/7/365 in support of operational requirements
  • Must have a valid passport and a valid driver’s license
  • Become proficient in using Ultramain MRO software, and keeping the team diligent at singeing off tasks as they are being complied with


Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Line Maintenance experience
  • Ability to use personal experience to asses and suggest solutions to situations that arise.

*The Employer retains the right to change or assign other duties to this position.


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 – 8 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). 
  • Must be able to work at heights over 12 fee comfortably.  


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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