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Production Engineer, Spaceship Propulsion

Production Engineer, Spaceship Propulsion

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Who we are

Headquartered at Mojave Air and Space Port, The Spaceship Company ( is the aerospace production company, founded by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic and Scaled Composites, which is building the world’s first fleet of commercial spaceships (SpaceShipTwos) and carrier aircraft (WhiteKnightTwos). The Spaceship Company plans to make access to space safe, reliable and affordable. The Spaceship Company is dedicated to that goal by building the first fleet of spaceflight systems developed for routine, scheduled flight operations that exceed our customers’ requirements. TSC’s first customer is Virgin Galactic ( which is on track to become the world’s first private “spaceline”.


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.


Who you are

TSC is seeking an experienced and qualified Production Engineer with structural experience in composite production. The first task of this role will be to help establish the manufacturing process flow and documentation for building composite overwrapped pressure vessels (COPVs). 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 support development work of the COPVs and work on process improvement and production optimization using lean processes and tools.

Your Mission

  • Develops mechanical designs and generates drawings for machines, tooling, fixtures, and products.
  • Recommends changes to fit, form, or function of products and incorporates changes in configuration management system
  • 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.

What you bring

  • 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.
  • Experience with composite fabrication and assembly processes.
  • Strong tooling design skills.
  • Experience with COPVs and high pressure fluid systems a plus
  • 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 (Solidworks or 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 of GD&T a plus
  • Applicants must be U.S. persons as defined by the ITAR (22 CFR §120.15)

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). 


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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