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Senior Mechanical Flight Control Design Engineer

Senior Mechanical Flight Control Design 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 Senior Mechanical Flight Controls Design Engineer focused on design, performance and/or integration of mechanical installations pertaining to primary flight controls. Willingness to adapt and cross-train is a must.



  • Capable of creating design requirements, validating them, and decomposing them into an integrated verification plan for compliance/certification.
  • Contribute to conceptual and preliminary design trades of varying complexity and document results of work.
  • Capable of interpreting engineering schematics to drive detail designs.
  • Capable of amending engineering definition of aircraft system architectures based on records from a prototype program.
  • Supports the review of production planning and procedures to ensure compliance with design requirements.
  • Contributes to the creation of test plans in order to verify design intent, requirements and functionality.
  • Working knowledge of industry best practices; including design specifications (commercial and DOD), regulatory guidance (FAA AC), and aerospace recommended practices.
  • Expected to present work and technical findings to management and senior leadership through design reviews and program milestones where appropriate.

What you bring


  • BS in Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering or relevant engineering discipline; MS is preferred
  • 6+ years of experience in preliminary design, performance and/or integration of mechanical installations pertaining to primary mechanical flight controls. Willingness to adapt and cross-train is a must.  
  • Experience with 3D Solid Modeling (Catia specifically) is highly recommended.
  • Experience with Product Lifecycle Management tools is a plus
  • Strong team player with quality organization and pragmatic problem solving skills.
  • Expected to work independently as well with supervision given general guidance.
  • Experience with flight vehicles or vehicle systems certification to commercial standards (14 CFR Part 23 or 25) and/or military/government standards (DOD or NASA) is preferred.
  • 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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