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Manufacturing Engineer - Structures

Manufacturing Engineer - Structures

Req No. 
2017-3075
Job Locations 
US-CA-Mojave
Category 
Production
Type 
Regular Full-Time
Classification 
Exempt

More information about this job

Who we are

The Spaceship Company (TSC) is Virgin Galactic’s wholly owned 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 qualified manufacturing engineer with structural experience in composite aircraft production. The first task of this role will be to help establish the manufacturing process flow and documentation for building an all carbon aircraft, as well as an all carbon spaceship in an effort to setup production operations of these vehicles. The engineer in this position will help define what production equipment, tools, systems, and materials will be required in order to create an efficient, organized, and lean factory. After production operations begin, the engineer will oversee much of the structural manufacturing and assembly operations of the vehicles and work on process improvement and production optimization using lean processes and tools.
 

 

Your Mission

  • Plans, directs, and coordinates manufacturing processes on factory floor.
  • Develops, evaluates, and improves manufacturing methods, utilizing knowledge of product design, materials and parts, fabrication processes, tooling and production equipment capabilities, assembly methods, and quality control standards.
  • Analyzes and plans work force utilization, space requirements, and workflow, and designs layout of equipment and workspace for maximum efficiency.
  • Confers with planning and design staff concerning product design and tooling to ensure efficient production methods.
  • Confers with vendors to determine product specifications and arrange for purchase of equipment, materials, or parts, and evaluates products according to specifications and quality standards.
  • Estimates production times, staffing requirements, and related costs to provide information for management decisions.
  • Confers with management, engineering, and other staff regarding manufacturing capabilities, production schedules, and other considerations to facilitate production processes.
  • Applies statistical methods to estimate future manufacturing requirements and potential.
  • Experience in aircraft composite fabrication and assembly processes.
  • Knowledge of lean manufacturing philosophies and tools.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and coaching skills.
  • Ability to interact with all levels of the organization.
  • Excellent Organizational Skills and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong team player
  • Excellent computer skills, word, excel and PowerPoint.
  • CAD experience (Catia V5 preferred, but any CAD experience acceptable)
  • Ability to read, interpret and create engineering drawings.
  • Knowledge and experience with AS9100 a plus.
  • Experience with manufacturing based ERP systems a plus.
  • Knowledge GD&T a plus
  • Applicants must be U.S. persons as defined by the ITAR (22 CFR §120.15)

 

What you bring

Education/Certifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, with a concentration in a relevant Engineering discipline plus 3 years on the job experience.
  • 7+ years of role related experience may be substituted for formal education.

 

Physical and/or Additional Requirements

  • Must be able to work all shifts and available for overtime as well as weekends when needed.
  • Must be able to stand for extended periods – 8 hours min.
  • Must be able to stoop, bend, crawl, and being able to maneuver in tight spaces.
  • Physically able to handle items weighing up to 40lbs (unassisted).

ITAR Requirements
To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by ITAR (22 CFR §120.15) or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

 

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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