Associate Spaceship Propulsion Test Engineer

  • Full Time
  • USA
  • Posted 1 month ago
  • US Citizenship or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

Company Details

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 an experienced and qualified Test Engineer with propulsion development and qualification testing experience. The task of this role will be to establish requirements and documentation for tests in support of the SS2 Hybrid Propulsion System. The engineer in this position will have responsibility for the definition of equipment, process, systems, and materials in order to perform safe, repeatable, and efficient tests.

Your Mission

  • Partner with a team of engineers, technicians, vendors and subcontractors while performing systems analysis to double-check existing work, design new systems, prepare and safely conduct critical development and qualification tests
  • Coordination of test requirements and development of test procedures
  • Coordination of all test site activities, operation of all ground test support equipment (GSE) and test operations for the hybrid rocket motor and stage system (GSE includes propellant and pressurant storage and transportation equipment
  • Verifying all GSE is in good working order, and ensuring necessary improvements, maintenance and documentation are in place to support on-going testing and flight operations
  • Analyzes and plans work force utilization, space requirements, and workflow, and designs layout of equipment and workspace for maximum efficiency
  • Support flight test operations as well as hybrid rocket design, analysis, and production activities
  • Confer with vendors to determine product specifications and arrange for purchase of equipment, materials, or parts, and evaluate products according to specifications and quality standards
  • Estimate fabrication times, staffing requirements, and related costs to provide information for management decisions
  • Confer with management, engineering, and other staff regarding fabrication capabilities, schedules, and other considerations to facilitate testing activities

What you bring

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, with a concentration in a relevant Engineering discipline or physics
  • 2+ years of role related experience may be substituted for formal education
  • Experience with the design of flight vehicles or vehicle systems to a set of requirements or standards such as CFR 14, Part 400, Part 23 and 25, military or NASA
  • Experience with high-performance teams including engineers, production technicians and ground/flight operations personnel
  • Fluid and thermodynamic analysis experience
  • Liquid or hybrid rocket propulsion development and qualification testing experience.  Specifically, experience with:
    • Development of test requirements and procedures for components, subsystems, and integrated rocket engine/stage systems
    • Test readiness reviews, issue tracking, resolution, and reporting
    • Test control room hierarchy, etiquette, and protocol
    • Coordination of multiple support organizations (S&MA, regulatory bodies)
    • Flight test support
  • Ground support equipment and high pressure fluid design and analysis experience
  • Experience with COPVs a plus
  • Strong team player
  • Must be able to work all shifts and available for overtime as well as weekends when needed
  • Must be able to stand for extended periods – 8 hours min
  • Must be able to stoop, bend, crawl, and maneuver in tight spaces
  • Physically able to handle items weighing up to 40lbs (unassisted)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and coaching skills
  • Ability to interact with all levels of the organization
  • Excellent organizational skills and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent computer skills, word, 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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