Test Engineer, Airframe

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

Who we are

Virgin Galactic, www.VirginGalactic.com (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 an experienced Senior Test Engineer to support Structural Testing of components, assemblies, and integrated airframes. The main tasks of this role is to is to collect test requirements, write test plans, design test stands and execute tests under the direction of the Engineering lead and/or Manager. Engineers in this position are expected to have knowledge of industry standard test practices and methods.  This role will provide test engineering support to engineering design and analysis groups in a rapid prototyping environment.

Education and Experience Required.  Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering from an accredited institution, with a concentration in Design, Structures, Testing or Materials.

  • Interface with design, analysis and production groups to establish and verify specific test requirements.
  • Develop Test procedures, Write Test Plans and Design Test Fixtures for validation of complex mechanical or structural components and systems.
  • Work with support teams and vendors to manufacture test articles and test fixtures.
  • Participate with Lab Personnel in Test Fixture and Test Article Installation.
  • Conduct/Lead Tests with responsibility for Safety, Load Application, Data and other Deliverables as defined by the Test Requestors and Test Plan.   
  • Review test data to verify test requirements and write test reports to document test results.
  • 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.

What you bring

  • 5 years or more experience in aerospace with an emphasis on aerospace structural testing or equivalent laboratory test engineering experience.
  • CAD modelling experience – Experience with Catia V5 preferred
  • Experience with simulation and finite element analysis preferred – NASTRAN, Femap
  • 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
  • Experience with MTS or equivalent Controls and Data Programs.
  • Results oriented, focused on safety, reliability and deliverables to completing test activities successfully.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills 
  • Excellent Organizational Skills and Problem-solving Skills 
  • Strong team player.
  • Excellent computer skills, including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Applicants must be U.S. persons as defined by the ITAR (22 CFR §120.15
  • 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.
  • Must be able to stand for extended periods- 6 hours minimum.

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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