Manager, Test Engineering

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

Virgin Galactic is seeking a talented and motivated Group Lead for Test Engineering team. The group lead is an entry-level manager who will lead and manage an engineering team of Test engineers. The engineer in this role will have a robust background in structures, systems, and avionics testing of components, assemblies, and integrated airframes. The ideal candidate will have at least 5 years of experience working in structures or systems testing within the aerospace or related fields and will have experience leading a team.


  • Lead a team of Test engineers setting priorities, maintaining schedule, and providing guidance on test plans, data analysis, and test reports.
    Design tests plans and equipment for validation of complex mechanical or structural components and systems.
  • Build accurate estimates and SOWs for labor, materials, and duration of a wide range of test plans.
  • Lead team in establishing internal processes to accomplish tests in an efficient and effective manner.
  • Utilize strong organizational and communication skills to drive forward progress for a multitude of simultaneous tasks.
  • Provide technical review and approval of test plans, test instructions, drawings, and other documents to ensure compliance with design requirements.
  • Provide technical review and approval of test plans, fixturing, test data, and reports.
  • Confer with stakeholders in Manufacturing, Quality, Flight Sciences, Mechanical Systems, Avionics, and other departments to facilitate test execution.
  • Manage test programs outsourced to outside test labs
  • Provide mentorship and guidance to a team of engineers.
  • nterface with internal customers on integrated program teams to establish and verify specific test requirements.
  • Work with support teams and vendors to procure, manufacture and assemble test articles and test stand hardware and equipment.
  • Participate in the test engineering review, approval, and release process.
  • Participate in the continuous improvement of testing practices, including test processes, lab procedures and lab technology implementation.
  • Must be self-motivated and capable of working with minimal supervision, adaptable to changing environments and handle multiple tasks and/or projects simultaneously. Encourages other employees to do the same and leads by exemplary service.

What you bring

  • 10 years or more experience in aerospace with an emphasis on testing or equivalent laboratory test engineering experience – Structural or Systems testing background preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, with a concentration in a relevant Engineering discipline.
  • Hydraulic control, instrumentation, signal conditioning, and data acquisition for variety of environmental tests of avionics and mechanical systems.
  • CAD modelling experience – Experience with Catia V5 preferred.
  • Test fixture design and analysis.
  • Vibration fixture modal analysis.
  • Experience with DO-160 environmental test standards for mechanical systems.
  • Experience with the design of flight vehicles or vehicle systems to a set of requirements or standards such as CFR 14, Part 400, Part 23 and 25, military or NASA are highly desired.
  • Strong knowledge of aircraft or spaceship design and analysis.
  • Familiarity with composites and metallic primary structures.
    Results oriented approach to completing test activities successfully.
  • Focus on safety and reliability in testing.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organization and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent computer skills, including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Applicants must be “U.S. persons” as defined by the ITAR (22 CFR §120.15).


Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Aerospace Engineering Degree
  • Experience with simulation and finite element analysis preferred – NASTRAN, Femap
  • Certified LabVIEW associate developer or higher certification
  • Computer programming experience
  • Experience using PXI, cDAQ NI Hardware


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.


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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