Virgin Galactic

Engineer, Spaceship Propulsion Mechanical

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

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, 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 Systems team at Virgin Galactic, is seeking a Mechanical Engineer with experience in design and fabrication of production tooling that will be used to support our transition from Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) to High Rate Production. We are looking for Engineers who can leverage their strengths in standard design practices and methods, coupled with their experience and skill in design and analysis to develop efficient and effective solutions that can be easily deployed to the production floor/environment. You will be contributing to and supporting a team of Engineers to develop cutting edge tooling designs and processes to be used in the fabrication and assembly of rocket motor components. Your goal is to help establish and maintain a lean production environment.  This includes, but is not limited to the equipment, tools, systems, and materials required to create an efficient, organized, and lean factory that fabricates propulsion systems supporting Virgin Galactic’s mission to open space for everyone.

What you bring

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from an accredited institution
  • Desired experience level: 4+ years with Bachelor’s degree
  • Experience in process improvement, root cause analysis, and corrective action implementation
  • Experience in tooling design across the product lifecycle including developing requirements, prototype design and validation
  • Computer Aided Design experience (Solidworks 2+ years)
  • Ability to read, interpret and create engineering drawings
  • Familiarity with the use and implementation of design for manufacturing/assembly, design to cost, effective product lifecycle management, and product configuration management and control
  • Strong team player and ability to work independently with excellent organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to interact with all levels of the organization
  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Applicants must be U.S. persons as defined by ITAR (22 CFR §120.15)


Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Knowledge of Kaizen and Lean Manufacturing philosophies and tools
  • Experience with Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
  • Experience with composite fabrication and assembly processes
  • Knowledge of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing philosophies
  • Experience working on shop floor with technicians/operators in a hands-on environment.
  • Familiarity with Quality Management Systems like TipQA



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). 




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. 


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. 


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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