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Composite Technician (All Shifts)

Composite Technician (All Shifts)

Req No. 
2017-3145
Job Locations 
US-CA-Mojave
Category 
Production
Type 
Regular Full-Time
Classification 
Non-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 330 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 has 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 commercial 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.

 

Position Summary
The Spaceship Company (TSC) is seeking first rate experienced composites bonding, assembly, and fabrication technicians to join our dynamic Production Team.  This role is for a hands-on person with great attention to detail and excellent people skills.  If you have a great attitude and a creative mind then you will feel right at home in this organization! The first task of this role will be to quickly learn and understand our unique bonding and assembly processes used in the production of these aircraft.  The technician in this position will work from engineering drawings and detailed work instructions to fabricate top quality aircraft and spaceships components. You will find yourself amongst the best and brightest while being part of a pioneering organization!
 

Your Mission

  • Composites fabrication & sub-assembly:
    • Fabrication of parts using wet layup and pre-impregnated composite materials
    • Placement and consolidation of composite materials in tooling
    • Grinding, cutting, and trimming of parts
    • Use of composite specific equipment including ovens, Gerber cutting machines, and Virtek laser computers.
    • Bonding composite structures
    • Hand finishing parts to proper fitment
    • Wet layup with multiple resin systems and fabrics
    • Locating parts and creating fixtures to blueprints and / or engineering instructions
    • Attention to detail and ability to self-inspect work to ensure quality defects are minimized

What you bring

Professional requirements for position

  • 3+ years of experience with composites or aircraft fabrication and assembly preferred.
  • An understanding of the importance of Aviation FOD Control Program
  • Strong safety work ethic – recognizes the importance of properly handing hazardous materials, chemicals, tools, etc.
  • Hands-on experience in a manufacturing setting
  • Ability to perform repairs on composite structures
  • Experienced with quality inspection points and process documentation.
  • Knowledge of resins, mixing, ratios, and paste mixes.
  • Must be able to take direction well and is a strong team player.
  • Extreme attention to detail and continual pursuit of perfection.
  • Excellent listening and communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and problem-solving skills.

Physical Requirements

  • 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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