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Test Technician- Spaceship Propulsion Rocket Systems

Test Technician- Spaceship Propulsion Rocket Systems

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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
The Spaceship Company (TSC) is seeking an experienced Rocket Systems Test Technician to support our rocket systems test platform that will continue to develop & test hybrid rocket systems for commercial space operations. Specific expertise with avionics and electronics is required. The candidate must have a desire to learn something new, enthusiasm for the new space industry and be able to mix existing aerospace experience with spaceline maintenance development.

Your Mission

  • Assist with development of maintenance manual definition for vehicle systems and structures;
  • Support training program definition with direct input of hands-on knowledge from the vehicles via different mediums as appropriate;
  • Responsible for accomplishing assigned maintenance, preventive maintenance and repair work on the rocket system test platform;
  • Checks, dismantles, adjusts, overhauls, repairs, fabricates, removes and installs all parts of vehicle, including propulsion systems, avionics equipment & instruments, fuel & pressurizing systems, and mechanical systems;
  • Performs machine tool work and/or composite repair work in connection with the above mechanic maintenance work;
  • Shall be required to complete and sign work records in connection with work performed;
  • Inspects parts, sub-assemblies and completed assemblies only to the extent necessary to determine, accomplish and approve own work;
  • Will be required to, but not limited to be working on base maintenance type workloads for the rocket systems test platform.

What you bring

  • Must have a valid FAA approved Airframe and Powerplant license (A&P License).
  • Minimum 2 years of college level education preferred.
  • Certifications or similar within aerospace, aviation or automotive.
  • Graduated from a technical college or other recognized apprenticeship.
  • Minimum 3 years line maintenance experience
  • Must have hands-on and recent experience and expertise with avionics and electronics (to include wiring and build-up of systems)
  • Must have a valid passport and able to obtain a driver’s license
  • Must be familiar with procedures applicable to the various phases of maintenance and a minimum of 2 years of experience
  • Experience with composite structures is a must whether in commercial or military aerospace application
  • Preferred experience with rocket systems and associated solid and/or liquid propellants
  • Experience working with high pressure fluids & gaseous systems
  • Ability to drive commercial vehicles, heavy equipment, and obtain a CDL
  • Ability to operate in confined spaces and over heights in fall protection/harnesses
  • Our work location is in a desert environment- Willingness and ability to work in hot and harsh environments is required
  • Must display maturity of action and judgment
  • Must be able to work under pressure and fast paced environment
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Good communication skills
  • Willing to travel and be on-call
  • Must be able to obtain an AOA badge
  • Applicants must be U.S. persons as defined by 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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