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Mechanical Design Engineer

Mechanical 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.


Who You Are
TSC is seeking a first rate aerospace mechanical systems engineer with experience in mechanical system design and manufacturing. The primary task of this role will be to do detailed design and systems layout work for vehicle integration. Additionally the engineer in this role will be required to interface with structural analysis, manufacturing and maintenance teams.


Your Mission

  • Helps develop and refine requirements for the mechanical systems based on customer requirements 
  • Evaluates data from the prototype program for verification and validation purposes and identifies further testing or development work
  • Reviews, updates, and compiles engineering definition of aircraft system components and assemblies
  • Establishes manufacturing tolerances for production of components using GD&T
  • Supports review of manufacturing plans and procedures to ensure compliance with design requirements
  • Supports the creation of system test plans which will be used to verify manufacturing processes meet design intent and requirements
  • Confers with management, engineering, and other staff regarding manufacturing capabilities, production schedules, and other considerations to facilitate production processes

What you bring

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering from an accredited institution
  • Experience with CATIA V5
  • Experience in aerospace mechanical system design, assembly and test processes
  • Minimum of 5+ years relevant industry experience
  • Experience with Model Based Definition, GD&T skills through experience and/or formal training
  • Experience with Product Lifecycle Management tools (PLM software), Requirements management tools and configuration management
  • Excellent verbal and written communication,  excellent computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Strong team player with excellent organizational  and problem-solving skills
  • Knowledge and experience with AS9100 a 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 manufacturing based ERP systems a plus
  • 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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