Sr. Technical Writer

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

Who we are

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 a Specialist Technical Writer with a background writing and editing a variety of technical manuals to S1000D specification. The Specialist Technical Writer role is hands-on and interacts with Engineering and Manufacturing personnel to create documentation for custom-built aircraft.

Your Mission

The position is responsible for writing a variety of technical manuals including AMMs, CMMs, IPDs, SBs, and OIs, and collaborating on training publications and other documents. In addition, the Specialist Technical Writer will:


  • Research technical data necessary to create new manuals or modify existing manuals
  • Write accurate documents that comply with the department's style guide, business rules and S1000D guidelines
  • Select drawings, sketches diagrams and charts and oversee the preparation of illustrations
  • Review and rework any discrepancies related to various aircraft/spacecraft systems
  • Collaborate with the Technical Editor and other Technical Writers to develop procedures and methods of writing that reflect best industry practices
  • Collaborate with end users and product managers to ensure accuracy, clarity and quality, and that documentation meets requirements
  • Become an SME on aircraft systems by interviewing product Engineers, observing performance of production methods, and referring to Engineering drawings and specifications, and illustrations
  • Perform quality review of publications
  • Solicit and provide feedback for improving documentation and writing processes
  • Perform validation and verification prior to outputting documents for delivery
  • Deliver publications in IETP format
  • Maintain the department’s IETP system
  • Help maintain the CSDB
  • Provide regular updates to management

What you bring

  • College degree with emphasis on technical applications, or equivalent training and experience
  • Minimum of seven years of experience writing and editing aerospace publications, with a proven track record of success
  • Strong knowledge ATA 100, iSpec 2200 and S1000D documentation standards
  • Experience with HTML, SGML and XML tools such as R4i and Arbortext
  • Knowledge of POHs, SBs, GOMs, and all types of maintenance manuals
  • Experience with aerospace operations, pilot and maintenance processes
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong computer skills including Adobe Acrobat and MS Office suite
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Strong grasp of language, including nuance and tone
  • Self-discipline, self-motivation and ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Flexibility and open-mindedness
  • Ability to react to change and thrive in a fast-paced, start-up environment

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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