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Systems Safety Engineer

Systems Safety Engineer

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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.

Your Mission

TSC is seeking an experienced System Safety Engineer with a solid background in mechanical and/or electronic safety analysis to join TSC’s team. This engineer will be responsible to develop one or more of the following: Functional Hazard Analysis (FHA), Fault Tree Analysis (FTA), Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA), and Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) for WhiteKnight2 (WK2) and SpaceShip2 (SS2).

  • Works with project engineering to develop FTA’s, FHA’s and FMEA’s for existing, new, and modified systems of WK2 or SS2
  • The ability to learn analysis methods such as RCM
  • Detailed knowledge of the interrelationship of the various RMS analysis techniques
  • Experience with one of the following software: Windchill Quality Solutions (formerly RELEX), FaultTree+, Reliasoft or CAFTA
  • Ability to read electrical and mechanical engineering drawings, to include schematics, wiring diagrams and assembly drawings
  • Provides technical support and risk advice to production, maintenance management and technical personnel
  • Experience with the system safety methods of ARP4761 or Mil-Std-882C or E
  • Knowledge of software development practices and design assurance methods such as DO-178C or ARP4754A preferred
  • Knowledge of electronic hardware design assurance methods such as DO-254A preferred
  • Experience with Built-In-Test and its application to RMS preferred
  • Experience developing and conducting reliability testing preferred
  • Prior experience in aviation maintenance preferred

What you bring

Professional Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Mathematics or related scientific field
  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Knowledge of the use and application of aviation technical data such as engineering drawings
  • Experience with CAD software such as Catia preferred
  • Detail oriented with excellent analytical skills
  • Excellent analytical and problem resolution skills
  • Team player with excellent communication skills both verbal and written
  • Must be self-motivated and capable of working with minimal supervision, adaptable to changing environments and handle multiple tasks and/or projects simultaneously
  • Must be a “U.S. person” as defined by the ITAR (22 CFR §120.15)

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, colour, 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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