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, it’s a team of talented and dedicated engineers, technicians and professionals that are drawn together by a willingness to disrupt and challenge the status quo to 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.
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 System Safety Engineer with a solid background in hazard management to join TSC’s team. This engineer will be responsible to identify hazards and develop control strategies for WhiteKnight2 (WK2) and SpaceShip2 (SS2) programs.
- Work with project engineering to identify hazards related to vehicle structural and system design, software development, operational risks, procedural deficiencies, test specific hazards, and human interface hazards
- Develop hazard management processes to control and mitigate known hazards
- Develop processes to aid in the identification of new hazards
- Track hazard evolution and establish processes for periodic and triggered reverification of hazard controls
- Detailed knowledge of hazard rating and ranking methods
- Present and provide status of hazards and control strategies at engineering reviews
- Knowledge of the interrelationship of the various Reliability, Maintainability and Safety analysis techniques preferred
- Experience with one of the following software: Windchill Quality Solutions (formerly RELEX), FaultTree+, Reliasoft, or CAFTA preferred
- Ability to read electrical and mechanical engineering drawings, to include schematics, wiring diagrams and assembly drawings
- Provide technical support and risk advice to production, maintenance management, and technical personnel
- Experience with the system safety methods of ARP4761 or MIL-STD-882, with emphasis on hazard mitigation processes
- Knowledge of software development practices and design assurance methods such as DO-178 or ARP4754 preferred
- Knowledge of electronic hardware design assurance methods such as DO-254 preferred
- Experience with Built-In-Test and its application to RMS preferred
- Knowledge of FAA commercial space regulations preferred, particularly CFR §400.
- Strong statistical analysis skills preferred
What you bring
- Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Mathematics, or related scientific field
- Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint
- Knowledge of the use and application of aviation technical data such as engineering drawings
- Detail oriented with excellent analytical skills
- Excellent problem resolution skills
- Team player with excellent communication skills both verbal and written
- Must be self-motivated and capable of working with minimal supervision, adaptable to changing environments, and able to handle multiple tasks and/or projects simultaneously
- Must be a “U.S. person” as defined by the ITAR (22 CFR §120.15)
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.