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Production Lead – Avionics/Electrical (Mojave, CA)

Production Lead – Avionics/Electrical (Mojave, CA)

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Who we are

Who we are

The Spaceship Company (TSC) is an affiliate of Virgin Galactic as a space-system manufacturing organization.

Headquartered at Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, California, it is building and testing a fleet of WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft and SpaceShipTwo reusable spaceships that, together, form Virgin Galactic’s human spaceflight system. Like many Virgin companies across the world, its team of over 350 talented and dedicated engineers, technicians and professionals are drawn together by a willingness to disrupt and challenge the status quo and deliver innovative aerospace solutions to our customers’ needs. TSC’s extensive capabilities encompass preliminary vehicle design and analysis, manufacturing, ground testing, flight testing and post-delivery support.



Our Values
TSC and the greater 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.


Who You Are
TSC is seeking first rate qualified Production Lead to supervise and lead our team of electrical and avionics technicians. This role is for a hands-on person with great attention to detail and excellent people skills. The Lead will work from engineering drawings and detailed work instructions to fabricate, install, and check out aircraft and spaceship system hardware components including electrical and mechanical systems. The main priority for this role will be to execute the installation of the aircraft electrical and avionics systems.  The Lead in this position will lead the electrical/avionics staff in order to create an efficient and organized Avionics Production Department.

Your Mission

  • Hands‐on aircraft avionics installation and manufacturing.
  • Electrical systems installation: layout and buildup of wire harnesses, splicing, crimping, installing, connecting, soldering, and checking out of electrical lines.
  • Electrical system checkout including functional testing and troubleshooting of all aircraft electrical systems.
  • Computer work: Work with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system to record job status, time spent, and material tracking.
  • Follow instructions precisely to complete complex assemblies accurately.
  • Identify production inefficiencies and suggest potential improvements to product or process.
  • Assigning daily tasks to shop personnel as required meeting daily milestones.
  • Work closely with production planner to forecast completion dates and estimate work package durations.
  • Encourage and provide development and training opportunities for shop personnel through excellent coaching and leadership skills.

What you bring

  • Experience with aircraft avionics installation, assembly, or modification required.
  • Experience in a Lead role responsible for leading a team, maintaining a healthy and safe work environment, and rewarding or disciplining actions and behaviors preferred.
  • Knowledgeable and able to interpret blueprints, sketches and written and verbal instructions.
  • Extreme attention to detail and continual pursuit of perfection.
  • Excellent listening and communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong team player.
  • Knowledge of lean manufacturing philosophies and tools a plus.
  • Experience with manufacturing-based ERP systems a plus.
  • Strong safety work ethic – recognizes the importance of properly handing hazardous materials, chemicals, tools, etc.
  • Enjoys manual/physical labor.
  • FAA Airframe & Power Plant (A&P) License would be a plus.
  • Comfortable working in a non-temperature controlled environment.
  • Familiar with FAA AC 43.13-1B, or AS50881 Standard.
  • Applicants must be U.S. persons as defined by the ITAR (22 CFR §120.15).

Educational Requirements
   Technical school or formal electronics training a plus.
   High School Diploma or equivalent.


The Spaceship Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with The Spaceship Company 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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