• Space Flight Systems Crew Chief

    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 600 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
    The Spaceship Company (TSC) is seeking a Space Flight Systems Crew Chief (CC) to lead the Flight Test ground crew. The crew chief will stay informed and in touch with all the manufacturing, maintenance, modifications, and flight activities associated with the vehicle and give guidance through leadership to all personnel in order to achieve the company and program’s goals. They will motivate and support program personnel in the achievement of shared goals, demonstrate authority, integrity, and credibility. The crew chief will work hands-on alongside the flight test ground crew to maintain and operate flight test vehicles. This person will work together with customers, Flight Test Engineering and Program Management to understand the program requirements, schedules, and contractual obligations. 

    Your Mission

    Work directly with the Program Management (PM), Project Engineering and Flight Test Team (FTT) and Instrumentation

    • Support all flight test activities for TSC Space Flight Systems (SFS) from acceptance test procedures, ground testing, through flight test envelop expansion
    • Perform aircraft maintenance, repair, modification, installation, and testing tasks in a variety of specialized fields; electrical, mechanical, structural, hydro, fuel systems, instrumentation, and power plants in support of flight test operations
    • Perform Pre, though, and Post Flight inspections and maintenance to ensure aircraft is safe for flight
    • Work with PM, PE and FTE to develop schedule prioritization and execution
    • Identify challenges and report to PM, PE, and FTE to assist in risk mitigation and recovery plan
    • Provides schedules and manpower requirements to manufacturing teams for support as required
    • Provides status of testing and vehicle configuration requirements including minimum equipment list (MEL)
    • Identifies ground support equipment (GSE) or special test equipment required for planned testing
    • Able to operate ground support equipment necessary for flight line operations
    • Communicate vehicle status on all aspects to engineering and flight ops team members
    • Support PM, FTE with reviews on maintenance, actions plans and operational maintenance program effectiveness
    • Responsible for overall safety of your team and aircraft during all ground operations
    • Perform functions that will collect, document and process lessons learned as well as ensure the continual update and improvements of maintenance practices
    • Prepare forms and records related to aircraft maintenance
    • Sign-off required aircraft forms to clear aircraft for flight
    • Responsible for all aspects of mission launch and recovery flight line procedures

    What you bring

    • A&P License with a minimum of 5 years’ experience
    • 3+ years of Flight test experience
    • 5+ years of experience with a broad range of aircraft systems, including mechanical, hydraulics/pneumatics, fuel/propulsion systems and avionics/electrical
    • Strong team player with excellent interpersonal, coaching, and leadership skills
    • Capable of working under pressure
    • Autonomous and capable of making decisions and delegating tasks
    • Excellent organizational skills and problem solving skills
    • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel and Powerpoint


    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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