Together we open space to change the world for good
The Rocket Motor and Propulsion Systems team at Virgin Galactic, is seeking a Mechanical Engineer with experience in design and fabrication of production tooling that will be used to support our transition from Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) to High Rate Production. We are looking for Engineers who can leverage their strengths in standard design practices and methods, coupled with their experience and skill in design and analysis to develop efficient and effective solutions that can be easily deployed to the production floor/environment. You will be contributing to and supporting a team of Engineers to develop cutting edge tooling designs and processes to be used in the fabrication and assembly of rocket motor components. Your goal is to help establish and maintain a lean production environment. This includes, but is not limited to the equipment, tools, systems, and materials required to create an efficient, organized, and lean factory that fabricates propulsion systems supporting Virgin Galactic’s mission to open space for everyone.
What you bring
- Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from an accredited institution
- Desired experience level: 5+ years with Bachelor’s degree
- Experience in designing complex tooling used in fabrication and assembly of components
- Experience in cradle to grave product lifecycle including developing requirements, prototype design and validation
- Experience turning operator and technician feedback into new designs or revisions
- Computer Aided Design experience (Solidworks 5+ years)
- Ability to read, interpret and create engineering drawings
- Familiarity with the use and implementation of design for manufacturing/assembly, design to cost, effective product lifecycle management, and product configuration management and control
- Strong team player and ability to work independently with excellent organizational and problem-solving skills
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to interact with all levels of the organization
- Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint
- Applicants must be U.S. persons as defined by ITAR (22 CFR §120.15)
Preferred Skills and Experience
- Knowledge of Kaizen and Lean Manufacturing philosophies and tools
- Experience with Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
- Experience with composite fabrication and assembly processes
- Knowledge of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing philosophies
- Experience working on shop floor with technicians/operators in a hands-on environment.
- Familiarity with Quality Management Systems like TipQA
Physical and/or Additional Requirements
- 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 – 9 hours min.
- Must be able to stoop, bend, crawl, and being able to maneuver in tight spaces.
- Physically able to handle items weighing up to 40lbs (unassisted).