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Senior Test Engineer

Senior Test Engineer

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Regular Full-Time

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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 Senior level test engineer to support structures, systems and avionics 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.


Your Mission

  • Design tests for validation of complex mechanical or structural components and systems and write test plans and procedures to execute tests.
  • Interface with design, analysis and production groups to establish and verify specific test requirements.
  • Work with support teams and vendors to manufacture and assemble test articles and test stand hardware and equipment.
  • Analyze test data to verify test requirements and write test reports to document test results.
  • Interface with external test laboratories to facilitate testing for TSC design and analysis teams.
  • 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

What You Bring

Education and Experience. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, with a concentration in a relevant Engineering discipline.

Professional Requirements

  • 5-10 years’ or more experience in aerospace with an emphasis on 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 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
  • Focus on safety and reliability in testing.
  • Results oriented approach 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) 


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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