Virgin Galactic

Manager of Materials & Process

Company Virgin Galactic
Category Engineering
US-CA-MojaveUS-CA-Tustin
Req No.
2021-6596
Type
Regular Full-Time
Classification
Exempt
Location : Location
US-CA-Mojave
Additional Locations
US-CA-Tustin

Who we are

Virgin Galactic www.VirginGalactic.com (SPCE:NYSE) Virgin Galactic 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 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

  • Provide engineering management and technical leadership for the Materials and Process Group in support of the structural integrity program at Virgin Galactic.
  • Lead execution of materials and process group based on customer requirements including:
    • Develop and refine material and process requirements across multiple programs
    • Release of materials and processing specifications
    • Release of material/joint test plans and their associated reports
    • Review test data and undertake post-testing activities including design allowable calculations, equivalency determinations, and failure mode analysis
    • Review test plans, process specifications, part drawings, and other documents to ensure compliance with design requirements
    • Confer with stakeholders in Manufacturing, Engineering, and other departments to facilitate production of parts
  • Working with Structural Integrity Leadership, lead the development of methods and processes to define structural substantiation of spaceflight systems for Virgin Galactic.
  • Lead and organize technical guidance in the development of new materials, processes, and methods
  • Support team development and growth with a commitment to elevating people through hiring, mentorship and career development of engineers.
  • Coordinate with Program Management, engineering, and other integrated product team staff regarding vehicle design and analysis.
  • Interface with other program leaders to assist senior leadership with setting priorities and meet VG company goals.
  • Execute other duties as required to support company and program objectives.

What you bring

Basic Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s or Masters degree from an ABET, or equivalent, accredited institution with a concentration in a relevant Engineering or Sciences discipline
  • A minimum of 10 years experience preferred in the evaluation of aerospace materials, including metals, composites, and plastics
  • Familiarity with composite materials and processes used in the manufacture of composite aircraft fuselage and structural components including out-of-autoclave processing
  • Experience with materials and process specifications for composite materials
  • Experience in authoring test plans and reports
  • Knowledge of mechanical testing and physical characterization methods
  • Familiarity with statistical analysis methods of treating test data
  • Conversant in non-destructive inspection methods frequently employed on composite parts and assemblies
  • A desire to work in a fast-paced work environment with a motivated team
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent computer skills, familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Strong team player
  • Encourages other employees to do the same and leads by exemplary service.

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Master’s or Doctorate from an ABET, or equivalent, accredited institution with a
  • Concentration in a relevant Materials Engineering / Aerospace Engineering / Physical Sciences discipline
  • A minimum of 15 years experience preferred in the evaluation of aerospace materials, including metals, composites, and plastics
  • Familiarity with composite materials and processes used in the manufacture of composite aircraft fuselage and structural components including bond preparation, surface treatments, and bonded assemblies
  • Experience with aerospace grade metals, such as those in the MMPDS, standard aerospace fasteners, and welding
  • Experience in authoring / revising materials and process specifications for composite materials
  • Experience in developing a Design of Experiments
  • Extensive knowledge of mechanical testing and physical characterization methods for composite materials and joints
  • Familiarity with industry-accepted statistical analysis methods of treating test data such as those found in CMH17-1
  • Experience with non-destructive inspection methods frequently employed on composite parts and assemblies
  • Experience in stress analysis methods, including the use of hand calcs and FEM, is a plus
  • 5 years of M&P MRB experience is a plus

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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