• Aircraft Structures Development Engineer

    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 400 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 an development engineer with experience in composite aircraft manufacturing processes. This role will lead and participate in projects developing new and improved methods of building composite aero-structures. The engineer in this position will help define what manufacturing processes, equipment, tools, and materials will be used in order to enable future vehicles to be both light-weight and easy to build. This position will work very closely with engineering, manufacturing, and quality departments to ensure that new manufacturing methods enable future structures to be light weight, easy to analyse, easy to inspect, as well as easy to produce. After developing new and improved manufacturing processes, the engineer in this role will be responsible for documenting and transferring newly developed processes to the production team.



    Your Mission

    • Plans, directs, and executes development projects from concept through production implementation
    • 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
    • Evaluates equipment needs, space requirements, and workflow, and designs layout of equipment and workspace for maximum efficiency
    • Evaluates Industry established technology and executes/coordinates demonstration projects for internal exposure to relevant products
    • Estimates production times, staffing requirements, and related costs to provide information for future manufacturing projects

    What you bring

    • Bachelor’s degree in a related Engineering field; advanced degree preferred 
    • 3 or more years of experience in a variety of composite structure fabrication and assembly processes
    • Strong knowledge of existing composites material systems, suppliers, and processes
    • Knowledge of lean manufacturing philosophies and tools
    • Experience in processing thermoplastic composites highly desired
    • CAD expertise, CATIA V5 experience stronly preferre
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Excellent Organizational Skills and problem-solving skills
    • Ability to interact and work collaboratively with all levels of the organization
    • Strong team player
    • Excellent computer skills, word, excel and PowerPoint
    • Willingness to be hands-on and personally participate in manufacturing of demonstration articles


    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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