• Composite Production Technician - Oven Operator

    Job Locations US-CA-Mojave
    Req No.
    Regular Full-Time
  • 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 500 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.


    Who you are

    TSC is seeking first rate qualified composites shop technician to work on composite aircraft production.  This role is for a hands-on person with great attention to detail and excellent people skills.  The first task of this role will be to quickly learn and understand the 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.  Entry level through experienced needed.

    Your Mission

    • Composites material handling
    • Cutting composite fabric with scissors
    • Laying up composite fabric by hand in tools to create spaceship and launch vehicle parts
    • Weighing resins and hardener
    • Measuring locations on tools to locate composite fabric per engineering drawings
    • Bagging around the part located in the tool to then be put under vacuum to help consolidate plies and to ensure part takes shape of tool during oven cure
    • Cleaning
    • Hand sanding composite surfaces
    • Dry fitting components
    • Hand finishing parts to fit, hand trimming
    • Wet layup (using adhesives and fabrics)
    • Applying adhesives
    • Fixing/locating structure
    • Work with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system to record job status, time spent, and material tracking
    • Follow instructions precisely to complete complex assemblies accurately
    • Keeping oven areas clean.(Organizing area, rolling tcs, vacuum lines hung up, ect…..)
    • Inspect bags while loading the oven.
    • Balanced oven loading. 
    • Ensure all parts are the same cures.
    • Tug tests on all vacuum lines prior to cure.
    • Ensure no FOD is in the oven prior to cure.
    • Forecast ahead of your cure about ramps, dwells, and end times
    • Know oven safety procedures.(PPE)
    • Know the materials you are curing and identify if those materials can go in the same run

    What you bring

    • Experience with composites or aircraft fabrication and assembly preferred
    • Hands-on experience in a precision yet manual manufacturing setting strongly preferred
    • Hands-on experience in cabinet making, wood working, sewing, car restoration, auto body repair, and other types of manual crafts work preferred
    • Must be able to take direction well
    • Extreme attention to detail and continual pursuit of perfection
    • Excellent listening and communication skills
    • Excellent organizational skills and problem-solving skills
    • Strong team player
    • Knowledge of lean manufacturing philosophies and tools a plus
    • Experience with manufacturing-based ERP systems a plus
    • Strong safety work ethic – recognizes the importance of properly handing hazardous materials, chemicals, tools, etc.
    • Enjoys manual/physical labor
    • Comfortable working in a non-temperature controlled environment



    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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