Virgin Galactic is on track to become the world’s first privately funded commercial space line. It is dedicated to becoming a world leader in sub-orbital commercial space tourism with a longer term vision to develop other space technologies that have the potential to open space to significantly more people and users.
Virgin Galactic (VG) is seeking an Airframe & Powerplant Technician to support our Spaceline Assets Team. The candidate must have a desire to learn something new, enthusiasm for the new space industry and be able to mix aerospace enthusiasm and experience with spaceline maintenance development. Experience with King Air is preferred.
This is a full-time position at Virgin Galactic’s aerospace facility in Las Cruces, New Mexico, with direct work at Spaceport America in New Mexico.
- Perform assigned maintenance, preventive maintenance and repair work on the Spaceline Assets vehicles, including an Extra EA-300, a Beechcraft Baron, a flight simulator, and a spaceship training mockup
- Conduct inspections of Spaceline Asset aircraft per approved manufacturer manuals
- Check, dismantle, adjust, repair, fabricate, remove and install all parts of aircraft, including powerplant systems, avionics equipment & instruments, fuel systems, ECS systems, and mechanical and hydraulic systems
- Shall be required to return an aircraft to service after maintenance had been performed as allowed by the Spaceline GMM and the privileges of the airframe and powerplant license
- Shall be required to complete and sign work records in connection with work performed
- Will be expected to support Spaceflight System (SFS) maintenance activities as may be requested by the Spaceline Maintenance Manager
- Support training program definition with direct input of hands-on knowledge from the vehicles via different mediums as appropriate
- Assist with development of maintenance manual definition for vehicle systems and structures
- Assist with the Spaceline GMM development and definition
What you bring
- Must have a valid FAA approved Airframe and Powerplant license (A&P License)
- Must have a driver’s license
- Must have at least 3 years’ experience maintaining general aviation single- and multi-engine reciprocating aircraft in a busy shop environment
- Must be familiar with procedures applicable to the various phases of maintenance, including 100-hr/Annual inspections, line maintenance, and AOG situations
- Must be familiar with pertinent sections of the Federal Aviation Regulations, including but not limited to, Parts 43, 65, and 91.
- Experience with composite aircraft is a plus (commercial or military aerospace application)
- Experience on aerobatic aircraft is a plus
- Experience on commercial aircraft and/or business jet aircraft is a plus
- Inspection Authorization (IA) is a plus and will be taken in to consideration
- Must display maturity of action and judgment and an excitement to learn
- Must be able to work under pressure and fast paced environment
- Must have High school diploma or equivalent
- Must have good communication skills
- Minimum 2 years of college level education preferred.
- Willing to travel and be on-call and work any shift as required
- Must be able to obtain an AOA badge
- To comply with ITAR Regulations, only US Persons (US Citizens or Permanent Residents) will be considered
VG and the greater Virgin Organization has 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 be confident and persuasive. You will have a high level of integrity and understand the need of complete confidentiality.
Virgin Galactic is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with Virgin Galactic 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.