Propulsion Test Engineer

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Virgin Galactic (VG) is seeking a 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 SpaceshipTwo and beyond Hybrid Propulsion Systems. 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.. This role is for a hands-on person with great attention to detail and excellent people skills. This is a full-time position at the VG aerospace facility in Mojave, California. 

  • 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

Basic Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, with a concentration in a relevant Engineering discipline or physics
  • 4+ years of role related experienceLiquid 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

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • 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

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 – 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)

Tagged as: cfr 14, part 400, nasa, part 23

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