• Air Breathing Propulsion Engineer

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

    Integrates engine thrust decks with vehicle performance tools.  Creates and maintains internal aerodynamics models.  Performs performance trades as required.  Works closely with all parties to ensure all performance, cost and scheduling goals are met. The Air Breathing Propulsion Engineer will coordinate with key stakeholders – Chief Engineer, Engineering Functional Managers, Program Management, Production, Supply Chain, Flight Test, Maintenance, etc., – to complete engineering activities in accordance with Program requirements.

    Your Mission

    • Creates and maintains internal aerodynamics models
    • Integrates engine thrust decks with vehicle performance tools
    • Capable of creating design requirements, validating them, and decomposing them into an integrated verification plan for compliance/certification.
    • Contribute to conceptual and preliminary design trades of varying complexity and document results of work.
    • Capable of interpreting engineering schematics to drive detail designs.
    • Capable of amending engineering definition of aircraft system architectures based on records from a prototype program.
    • Contributes to the creation of test plans in order to verify design intent, requirements and functionality.
    • Work closely with flight test, operations, pilots, and other team members to resolve technical issues and support the continued airworthiness of air vehicles.
    • Working knowledge of industry best practices; including design specifications (commercial and DOD), regulatory guidance (FAA AC), and aerospace recommended practices.
    • Expected to present work and technical findings to management and senior leadership through design reviews and program milestones where appropriate.

    What you bring

    • BS/MS/PhD in Aerospace Engineering
    • 6+ years of experience in preliminary design, performance and/or integration of gas turbine engines.  Willingness to adapt and cross-train is a must.
    • Experience with CFD and Fluid mechanics
    • Experience with aircraft engine technology and systems including turbofan, turboprop, and turbojet engines
    • Experience developing propulsion system requirements
    • Experience with flight and ground testing
    • Experience with 3D Solid Modeling (Catia specifically) is recommended.
    • Experience with Product Lifecycle Management tools is a plus
    • Strong team player with quality organization and pragmatic problem solving skills.
    • Expected to work independently as well with supervision given general guidance.
    • Experience with flight vehicles or vehicle systems certification to commercial standards (14 CFR Part 23 or 25) and/or military/government standards (DOD or NASA) is preferred.



    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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