Virgin Galactic

Electrical Test Technician, Spaceship Propulsion

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

The Rocket Motor and Propulsion System Team at Virgin Galactic (VG) has an exciting opportunity and is seeking a Propulsion Test, Electrical Technician. In this role, you will engage with the Test Engineering team to define test equipment requirements, review test equipment designs and provide feedback on fabrication methodologies.  This position will be responsible for the hands-on development, fabrication, and modification of Hardware-In-The-Loop testing of propulsion avionics components (including Data Acquisition systems, controllers, valves and test instrumentation) supporting the Propulsion Systems Test site. This role is for a hands-on person with great attention to detail, excellent troubleshooting, and creative problem-solving skills in the field of electronics. You will also have the opportunity to have an critical role in safe and repeatable test execution.

  • Assist with development, fabrication and installation of systems at the test site.
  • Excellent interpersonal, coaching, and leadership skills
  • Development test bench setups and fixtures per engineering specification, schematics and requirements.
  • Assemble electronics for Propulsion Component development, test, and qualification setups.
  • Responsible for fabricating electronic hardware and systems, test & evaluation setups, wiring harnesses, and ground support equipment.
  • Fabricating electrical harnesses to engineering schematics, drawings, and according to appropriate FAA AC 43.13-1B, D.O.D., or NASA standards.
  • Designing, modifying, updating, and maintaining electrical schematics under engineering direction, including release thru Agile, or other configuration management systems.
  • Execute procedures for calibration of electrical instrumentation such as pressure transducers, thermocouples, RTDs, strain gages, load cells, etc.  Responsible for maintaining calibration records on sensors, data acquisition Instrumentation, & test equipment.
  • Development and modification of electronic control, and indicator panels/boxes per engineering requirements.
  • Specification and installation of strain gages, strain gage amplifiers, and associated hardware per engineering requirements.
  • Specification and installation of accelerometers and associated hardware per engineering requirements.
  • Maintain, modify, and upgrade propulsion test systems, electronics, instrumentation, and electrical harnesses including all documentation.
  • Support integration of electronic test hardware and software, working closely with Test software engineering, test technicians, and development teams.
  • Support pre-hot fire test Rocket Systems Checkouts, Rocket Motor Controller checkouts, Pressurization System Controller Checkouts, etc., to include troubleshooting and problem resolution.
  • Maintain and manage the Propulsion Avionics Laboratory, to include keeping an inventory of supplies, tools, consumables, and equipment.
  • Support Rocket Rotor Production testing, and automation processes as required.

What you bring

  • High School Diploma, (Additional Education, A.S. Degree, Applicable Certifications, or Professional Licenses are a Plus.)
  • 3+ years of relevant aerospace electrical experience is preferred. (Will consider less with A.S. degree, Federal Communications Certificate, Airframe & Powerplant License, or Electronics certifications.)
  • Must Have the ability to read, create, and modify circuits, harness, and instrumentation schematics.
  • Flight Test, Research & Development experience in Aerospace applications, or Aircraft Line Maintenance avionics experience is a Plus.
  • Flight hardware assembly, vehicle electrical integration & testing experience.
  • Some experience controlling high pressure valving, and solenoids, & feedback indications.
  • Familiarity with aerospace electrical standard practices, DMC tooling, soldering, fabrication of simple harnesses and circuits, and D38999 connectors is a must.
  • Fabrication skills with metal and composites is a plus.
  • Excellent organizational, communication and creative problem-solving skills.
  • Strong computer skills, including Visio, Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint.

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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