Virgin Galactic

Lead Test Technician

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

Who we are

Virgin Galactic (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

VG is seeking a first rate Lead Test Technician to assist the engineering team to prepare composite materials, structural components, avionics, aircraft systems, and testing equipment for a variety of tests of mechanical and performance capabilities. The successful individual will bring substantial knowledge of: laboratory testing processes, acceptance testing, qualification testing, test methods, test set-up and a variety of testing equipment. This position will interact with a variety of engineering and manufacturing staff at a variety of levels and will ensure the highest accuracy of our testing processes possible.


  • Day-to-day oversight of shop floor personnel.
  • Assigning daily tasks to shop personnel as required to meet daily milestones.
  • Encourage and provide development and training opportunities for shop personnel through excellent coaching and leadership skills.
  • Computer related responsibilities.
  • Prepare and conduct tests of composites for mechanical properties
    • E.g.: flexural, tensile, compressive strength, modulus, elongation cantilever testing, etc.
  • Fabricate test article instrumentation, electro-mechanical assemblies and test equipment wire harnesses
  • Assist engineers and technicians on R&D and other projects as needed
  • Familiar with geometric dimensioning and tolerances (GD&T)
  • Set up, calibrate, and fabricate test components and carry out laboratory, assembly, and vehicle testing
  • Bonding and machining of test coupons.
  • Collect test data and report results to designated managers and engineers.
  • Assist in the design and fabrication of special test fixtures and test setups
  • Operation of test equipment (LabVIEW, United and Instron mechanical test machines, environmental chambers, vibration tables, and altitude chambers)
  • Knowledge of shop floor manufacturing techniques and inspection technology preferred

What you bring

  • 5+ years of experience in a testing, aerospace, manufacturing, or a similar highly controlled environment preferred.
  • Relevant experience as a team lead.
  • Excellent interpersonal, coaching, and leadership skills.
  • Extreme attention to detail and continual pursuit of perfection.
  • Excellent organizational skills and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong team player and safety-first mentality.
  • Experience with the following:
    • Schematics, engineering drawings, circuit layouts and parts lists
    • Cable harnesses: Wire diagrams, layout drawings, and parts lists
    • Mechanical assemblies: Mechanical drawings and parts lists
    • Instrumentation: strain gages, extensometers, load cells, and pressure transducers.
  • Experience performing electronic testing and inspection using portable measuring devices.
  • Experience in environmental, pressure, vibe, and hydraulic testing
  • Computer software proficiency, preferably including laboratory or industrial applications, and technical writing skills
  • Must possess excellent interpersonal and verbal communication skills, and be able to maintain good will in a potentially adversarial role
  • Requires basic understanding of electronics, test equipment, mechanical test methods and electro-mechanical testing
  • Capable of running tension/compression test machine and related software.
  • Applicants must be U.S. persons as defined by the ITAR (22 CFR §120.15)

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Structural or Systems test experience

 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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