Sr. NDT Engineer

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

Who we are

Virgin Galactic, (SPCE:NYSE), 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

Your Mission

VG is seeking a first-rate aircraft non-destructive test (NDT) engineer with experience in composite materials, metallics, processes, and production manufacturing including out of autoclave processing. The engineer will develop NDT methods and maintain specifications for detection, and characterization of defects used in evaluating damage tolerance, structural life forecasting, and maintaining structural integrity.  The engineer will assist in the development, qualification, and maintenance of reference standards for parts and assemblies.  The engineer must be able to   recommend and apply appropriate inspection methods and provide clear definition for each NDT inspection method. 

  • Develop, substantiate and maintain NDT related procedures and process standards to meet customer requirements and assure compliance with applicable regulatory requirements.
  • Interpret and apply customer, industry, national, and international standards and specifications as appropriate.
  • Develop NDT reference standards for NDT process inspections.
  • Work with Design, Stress, and Materials & Process groups to develop and implement NDT acceptance criteria to meet damage tolerance requirements for composite structures and joints.
  • Develop and administer training and examinations as necessary to support qualification and certification of NDT Technicians.
  • Generate technical reports and presentations. Present findings to engineering teams and upper-level management.
  • Evaluate and recommend innovative solutions, applications, and approaches required for meeting business objectives and assuring product integrity.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships between teams in order to maintain a positive and productive work environment.
  • Work independently and provide technical oversight for all NDT related activities in the absence of the Principal NDT Engineer.

What you bring

  • Level III Certification in UT and at least two other methods including IR, LST, RT, PT, or ET. ASNT, NAS 410, A4A Spec 105 or equivalent certification will be considered.
  • A minimum of five years relevant experience for degreed candidates or 10 years for non-degreed candidates.
  • At least three years’ experience as a Level III with a company performing aerospace (or related) NDT process development including daily operations.
  • Experience with materials, fabrication methods and inspection of composites and metallics.
  • Experience with advanced UT methods (FMC, PAUT) a significant plus.

  • Experience with technical writing (acceptance reports, inspection techniques, procedures/ specifications).
  • Experience in vendor surveillance (qualification and periodic auditing)
  • Experience in RCCA (Root Cause Corrective Action) processes.
  • Familiarization with FAA rules and regulations preferred.
  • Prototype experience preferred.
  • Familiarization in 6 sigma concepts and principals preferred.
  • Experience in aerospace manufacturing and flight test environment.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong team player.
  • Ability to step outside of conventional process to create/implement inspection solutions (“think outside the box” approach) preferred.
  • Excellent computer skills, Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Experience with automated/semi-automated NDT inspection systems is a significant plus.
  • Applicants must be U.S. persons as defined by the ITAR (22 CFR §120.15)
  • B.S. degree in Engineering or related applied sciences. Each higher-level degree, i.e., Master’s Degree or Ph.D., in a related discipline may substitute for two years of experience. Relevant technical experience may also be considered in lieu of education.

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.

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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