• Conceptual Structural Engineer- Advanced Design

    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 350 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 commercial pressure and thrive on being given challenges and responsibility.  You will communicate clearly and effectively. You will have a high level of integrity and understand the need for complete confidentiality.


    Who you are
    The Spaceship Company (TSC) is seeking an experienced Conceptual Structural Engineer who is proficient in aircraft conceptual and preliminary structural design, layout, and sizing. The position is within the fast paced and wide reaching Advanced Design team. Familiarity, and willingness to learn, with all speed regimes (subsonic, supersonic, hypersonic) and vehicle configurations (general aviation, fighters, helicopters, spacecraft) is highly recommended. Ultimately responsible for providing initial program direction on structures with appropriate level of fidelity and manufacturing considerations in mind.

    Your Mission

    • Plays an integral role in all structural designs for the Advanced Design team
    • Perform aircraft conceptual and preliminary structural design and analysis
    • Perform trade studies (weight, performance, structural sizing)
    • Coordinate with the structural design and stress analyst teams on guidance of proper analysis methods.
    • Reviews, updates, and compiles engineering analytical definition of structural components and assemblies for a variety of projects
    • Supports development of manufacturing plans and procedures to ensure compliance with design and loads requirements
    • Supports the creation of structural test plans which will be used to verify manufacturing
    • Perform customer presentations, engineering reports, specifications and proposal writing

    What you bring

    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, with a concentration in a relevant Engineering discipline
    • Prefer 7+ years of experience in aircraft conceptual and preliminary design
    • Experience in aircraft or spacecraft composite fabrication, design, and analysis processes
    • CAD experience (CATIA V5 and/or SolidWorks) is preferred
    • Knowledge of composites manufacturing -- hands-on experience with composites part fabrication and assembly processes a plus.
    • Experience in the analysis of structural systems using strength of materials and finite element based methods
    • Experience with free-body diagrams and classical stress analysis techniques
    • Knowledge of composite structural analysis and sizing using classical and finite element methods
    • Experience with composite finite element modeling including pre and post processing of NASTRAN models -- proficiency in FEMAP a plus
    • Pilot, aircraft homebuilding and rapid prototyping experience a strong plus
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Excellent organizational skills and problem-solving skills
    • Strong team player
    • Excels in a fast past environment with loosely defined interesting problems
    • Excellent computer skills, including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint
    • Applicants must be “U.S. persons” as defined by the ITAR (22 CFR §120.15)



    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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