Specialist Air Breathing Propulsion Engineer

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

The Specialist Air Breathing Propulsion Engineer will be responsible for advancing the engine integration for the mothership Eve and other projects. The Specialist Air Breathing Propulsion Engineer will also be responsible for providing technical leadership and mentorship, promoting a culture of continual improvement and quality within the Flight Sciences Team.


Virgin Galactic is seeking a seasoned engineer with experience in aerodynamics, jet engine performance and system integration. The candidate will build on an intimate knowledge of all aircraft systems. The engineer will also support instrumentation planning, mission control preparation, data processing, and model evaluation for flight testing and vehicle envelope expansion.


  • Lead projects, peers, and cross functional teams to successfully integrate propulsion and power generation systems into existing and future aircraft
  • Create and maintain internal aerodynamic models
  • Integrate engine thrust decks with vehicle performance tools
  • Support pre-flight preparation including review of test limitations, flight test plans and procedures, flight readiness reviews, mission control room support, and post flight analysis
  • Work with other internal and external engineering groups to ensure proper application of design and performance requirements
  • Capable of creating design requirements, validating them, and decomposing them into an integrated verification plan for compliance/certification
  • Support entry into commercial service by ensuring that regulatory and internal company requirements related to the engines are met
  • Work closely with flight test, operations, pilots, and other team members to resolve technical issues and support the continued airworthiness of air vehicles
  • Perform model updates from data collected during vehicle or component testing and data created with analytical tools
  • Develop and improve standards, processes, and best practices
  • Develop technical roadmaps, concepts, and approaches that establish strategic direction for the discipline
  • Establish and maintain relationships to Jet Engine and Auxiliary Power Unit suppliers

What you bring

  • Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering, and/or equivalent, with a minimum of 10 years of related experience
  • Experience with aircraft engine technology and systems including turbofan, turboprop, and turbojet engines as well as nacelle, inlet and nozzle subsystems
  • Experience in turbofan engine integration
  • Working knowledge of aircraft and spacecraft systems
  • Test planning experience is highly desired, including flight and ground testing, writing test plans, instrumentation selection and planning, and data verification
  • Test execution experience is highly desired, including familiarity with standard flight test practices and safety processes
  • Experience in flight test aerodynamic and engine model validation and correlation
  • Experience with CFD and Fluid mechanics
  • Familiarity with relevant aerospace standards and structural design criteria (FAA, FAA-AST, NASA, MilSpec, etc.)
  • Advanced MATLAB programming skills
  • Experience with CATIA V5
  • Strong ability to work system tasks, and adept at communicating with multiple interfaces
  • Proven ability to lead technical work in an environment with multiple stakeholders
  • Excellent proactive communication (oral, written, presentation), interpersonal, negotiation and organizational skills
  • Ability to successfully complete assigned tasks with minimal supervision and oversight
  • Applicants must be U.S. persons as defined by the ITAR (22 CFR §120.15)

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Knowledge of software development best practices like code review and configuration management

  • Working knowledge of Simulink, Python, C, C++, Fortran

  • Experience with relevant computational physics codes, CFD, FEA

  • Experience in other Flight Sciences disciplines


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.




As part of our commitment to health and safety, COVID-19 vaccines are required for current U.S. teammates, as well as 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-19virus, (“fully vaccinated” means at least two week have expired since receiving the vaccination’s last dose as recommended by the manufacturer).  If you are offered employment, this requirement must be met be your date of hire.  Virgin Galactic complies with federal, state, and local laws with regard to accommodations related to this policy.



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