• Structural Design Engineer (Contract)

    Job Locations US-CA-Mojave
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  • Who we are

    The Spaceship Company (TSC) is an affiliate of Virgin Galactic as a 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 to hire a motivated contract Aircraft Structural Design Engineer for approxiamately 1 year. The primary task of this role will be to support our spacecraft that is in flight test from a structural design perspective.  This role involves working closely with the vehicle mechanics and various engineering disciplines to ensure our flight vehicle is safe to fly and meets structural design requirements.  There is also new design work that will support the vehicle.  This role functions in a fast-paced flight test environment.  This person will need to be able to support work on off-Fridays and weekends as required.


    Your Mission

    • Develop CATIA 3D models and 2D engineering definition for detail parts, assemblies, and installations
    • Support part fabrication and manufacturing installation/assembly
    • Work with the shop to resolve manufacturing non-conformances
    • Develop structural repairs and modifications to support flight test vehicle
    • Coordinate with suppliers for outsourced part fabrication

    What you bring


    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, with a concentration in Aeronautical, Astronautical, Aerospace, or Mechanical Engineering
    • 3-5 years of relevant industry experience
    • Experience in aircraft structural design
    • Structural MRB experience is desirable
    • Demonstrated proficiency in CATIA V5 or equivalent software is required 
    • Competency in first order design principles is a must
    • Working knowledge of air vehicle systems, structures/systems integration, engineering design, and the drawing release process
    • Experience defining engineering associated with vehicle composite structural modifications
    • Experience writing manufacturing work instructions
    • Introductory knowledge of manufacturing methods for various materials (composite layup, metal machining, 3D printing, bonded assembly,
    • mechanical assembly)
    • Excellent analytical and decision-making skills
    • Knowledge with various composite material systems
    • Knowledge of NDT techniques and basic interpretation of data
    • GD&T experience desirable
    • Experience with Product Lifecycle Management tools (PLM software), manufacturing ERP systems, requirements management tools and
    • configuration management
    • Excellent verbal and written communication, excellent computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
    • Strong team player and ability to work independently with excellent organizational and problem-solving skills




    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; contract 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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