Virgin Galactic

Support Asset 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, (SPCE:NYSE), 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

Position Summary

Virgin Galactic (VG) is seeking a Support Asset Crew Chief.  This role is for a hands-on person with great attention to detail and excellent people skills. This is a full-time position at Virgin Galactic’s aerospace facility at Spaceport America.

  • Establish crew resourcing plans collaboratively with leadership and maintenance planning.
  • Oversee completion of your assets’ inspection program.
  • Ensure that necessary operational tests are completed
    and that assets are ready for service.
  • Partner with leadership and engineering to review maintenance and flight data reports, determine trends and assess effectiveness of the operational maintenance program.
  • Support the VG Chief Inspector during any FAA activities.
  • Communicate as required asset and personnel status to leadership.
  • Ensuring team discipline, integrity, professionalism, and the delivery of high-quality work.
  • Releasing a safe asset for every mission.
  • Documentation compliance and completion.
  • Shop and asset cleanliness.
  • Safety of yourself and of others.
  • Communicating with other departmental teammates and management on all aspects of your asset’s status and availability

What you bring

  • FAA Airframe & Powerplant License with minimum 8 years’ experience to include a minimum of 3 years in a leadership role.
  • FAA Inspection Authorization is preferred
  • Experience with acrobatic and corporate aircraft.
  • 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 PowerPoint.
  • Ability to work in a paperless environment utilizing various computerized platforms.
  • Excellent leadership and management skills, ability to multitask, 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.

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 work in tight spaces.
  • Must be able to 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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