• Mechanical Design and Test 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 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 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 first rate mechanical design engineer with experience in mechanical system equipment design, structures and systems testing and production manufacturing. The primary task of this role will be to design fixtures and mechanisms used for testing components, assemblies and structures. This role will also support manufacturing and procuring the parts and equipment used to build test and evaluation equipment.

    Your Mission

    • Creates new mechanical designs based on established criteria using machine design standards for metallic structures, pneumatics, hydraulics, electronics and sensors
    • Creates detail design for fabrication including dimensioning & tolerancing, system schematics, and parts specification
    • Assists fabrication of mechanical designs including procurement, build project management, design modification and rework
    • Supports review of manufacturing plans and procedures to ensure compliance with design and loads requirements
    • Supports the creation of structural test plans by reviewing and contributing in the areas of design to ensure designs meet plan and requirements


    What you bring

    • Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering from an accredited institution, with a minimum of 3+ years relevant industry experience  
    • 3+ years’ experience in machine design  and fabrication of metallic structure- composites a plus but not essential
    • Producing 3D CAD models and 2D detail drawings of mechanical systems. Experience with CATIA V5 a plus
    • Experience with testing in aerospace, automotive or related industries
    • Test software and instrumentation
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills
    • Strong team player
    • Excellent computer skills, including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint
    • Familiar with Aerospace
    • Experience with manufacturing-based ERP systems, such as Oracle, is a plus


    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 te 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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