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Materials & Process Engineer

Materials & Process Engineer

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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 aircraft materials and processes engineer with experience in composite materials, testing, out-of-autoclave processing, as well as bonded assemblies. The engineer in this role will be expected to fully understand and maintain the materials and processes used in the manufacture of WK2 and SS2. The primary task of this role will be to design and carry-out mechanical testing to support structural analysis of both current and future vehicle builds. This will require consultation and buy-in from stakeholders in various departments so strong interpersonal skills are also necessary. The engineer in this role is expected to be knowledgeable of basic mechanical testing methods, and familiar with composite and paste adhesive properties. An additional task of this role will be to review/write manufacturing procedures and processes to ensure compliance with design specifications.

Your Mission

  • Develop and refine material and process requirements
  • Author materials and processing specifications
  • Author material/joint test plans and their associated reports
  • Review test data and undertake post-testing activities including design allowable calculations, equivalency determinations, and failure mode analysis
  • Review test plans, process specifications, and other documents to ensure compliance with design requirements
  • Confer with stakeholders in Manufacturing, Engineering, and other departments to facilitate production of parts

What you bring

  • Bachelor’s degree from an ABET accredited institution, with a concentration in a relevant Materials Engineering / Mechanical Engineering / Structural Engineering discipline.
  • Conversant in composite materials and processes used in the manufacture of composite aircraft fuselage and structural components including out-of-autoclave processing and bonded assemblies
  • Experience with authoring / revising materials and process specifications for composite materials
  • A desire to work in a fast-paced work environment with a motivated team
  • Experience with materials testing and characterization
  • Familiarity with industry-accepted statistical analysis methods of treating test data
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and problem-solving skills
  • Strong team player
  • Excellent computer skills, Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Experience with manufacturing based PLM and ERP systems a plus



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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