Senior Stress Engineer - Propulsion

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

Who we are

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


Our Values

The Virgin Organization have a relaxed and informal culture that encourages individuality and innovation.  You will be motivated, enterprising and enthusiastic.  Company culture is such that you need to be able to “check your ego at the door”, be a self-starter and possess a sense of humility.  You will work well under pressure and thrive on being given challenges and responsibility.  You will communicate clearly and be confident and persuasive. You will have a high level of integrity and understand the need of complete confidentiality.

Your Mission

Who You Are

VG is seeking a first-rate aerospace Stress Analysis Senior Engineer with experience in propulsion, particularly rockets.  Additional skills in vehicle stress analysis, repairs, and production manufacturing are also beneficial.  The senior stress analyst will compile analysis, reports, models, and margins of safety into standardized formats for upload into VG’s product lifecycle manager.  Additionally, the analyst will support the design engineering staff with drawing release and may support manufacturing with the analysis of dispositions for nonconformances. The analyst is ultimately responsible for ensuring the vehicle structural design meets the customer mission requirements with positive margins of safety.  Additionally, the senior engineer will mentor junior engineers and in some cases act in a lead capacity for substantiation of major structural assemblies.


Your Mission



  • Reviews, updates, and compiles engineering analytical definition of structural components and assemblies
  • Develops standardized analysis criteria and templates
  • Plays an integral role in the release process work flow for all structural designs
  • Supports review of manufacturing plans and procedures to ensure compliance with design and loads requirements
  • Supports the creation of structural test plans which will be used to verify manufacturing
  • Mentors junior engineers

What you bring

Basic Qualifications



  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, with a concentration in a relevant Engineering discipline
  • Knowledge of composites manufacturing and sizing of composite structures using FEA models, including pre and post processing of NASTRAN models and associated sizing of composite structures 
  • Minimum of 8 years of applicable experience in the analysis of structural systems
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in Rocket Motor and Turbomachinary Stress Analysis.
  • Experience with free-body diagrams and classical stress analysis techniques
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational 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

  • Hands-on experience with composites part fabrication and assembly processes
  • Experience in analysis of Composite Overwrapped Pressure Vessels
  • Experience with design and analysis of filament wound composite structures
  • Proficiency in FEMAP
  • Pilot, aircraft homebuilding and rapid prototyping experience a strong plus
  • 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 supplier qualification is a plus

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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