Virgin Galactic

Materials Test Engineer

Company Virgin Galactic
Category Engineering
US-CA-Mojave
Req No.
2022-6634
Type
Regular Full-Time
Classification
Exempt
Location : Location
US-CA-Mojave

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

Virgin Galactic is seeking a first-rate test engineer with experience in composite materials, testing, out-of-autoclave processing, as well as bonded assemblies. The engineer in this role will be expected to fully understand and maintain the materials and processes used in the manufacture of WK2 and SS2. The primary task of this role will be to design and carry-out mechanical testing to support structural analysis of both current and future vehicle builds. This will require consultation and buy-in from stakeholders in various departments so strong interpersonal skills are also necessary. The engineer in this role is expected to be knowledgeable of basic mechanical testing methods, and familiar with composite and paste adhesive properties. An additional task of this role will be to review/write manufacturing instructions and processes to ensure compliance with design specifications.

  •  Develop and refine material requirements across multiple programs
  • Author material and 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
  • Communicate technical concepts and results to Programmatic and Engineering stakeholders to inform company/program decisions
  • Provide technical guidance in the development of new materials, processes, and methods

What you bring

  • A Bachelor’s degree from an ABET, or equivalent, accredited institution with a concentration in a relevant Engineering or Sciences discipline
  • A minimum of 3 years experience 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

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 7 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

 

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 – 6 hours min.
  • Must be able to stoop, bend, crawl, and being able to maneuver in tight spaces.
  • Medium work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

 

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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