Senior Engineer, Materials and Process

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Virgin Galactic recognizes that the answers to many of the challenges we face in sustaining life on our beautiful but fragile planet lie in making better use of space.

Who we are

Virgin Galactic recognizes that the answers to many of the challenges we face in sustaining life on our beautiful but fragile planet lie in making better use of space.

Sending people to space has not only expanded our understanding of science but taught us amazing things about human ingenuity, physiology, and psychology.

From space, we are able to look with a new perspective both outward and back. From space, the borders that are fought over on Earth are arbitrary lines. From space, it is clear that there is much more that unites than divides us.

We are at the vanguard of a new industry determined to pioneer twenty-first-century spacecraft, which will open space to everybody — and change the world for good.

Sir Richard Branson, Founder, Virgin Galactic

If you are looking for a challenging opportunity that will ignite your passion for designing cool and innovative products, are exceptionally creative, are a great problem solver, and can make things happen – apply today!

Your Mission

  • Develop and refine material and process requirements across multiple programs
  • Author materials and processing specifications
  • Author material/joint test plans and their associated reports
  • Review test data and undertake post-testing activities including design allowable calculations, equivalency determinations, and failure mode analysis
  • Review test plans, process specifications, part drawings, and other documents to ensure compliance with design requirements
  • Confer with stakeholders in Manufacturing, Engineering, and other departments to facilitate the production of parts
  • Communicate technical concepts and results to Programmatic and Engineering stakeholders to inform company/program decisions
  • Provide technical guidance in the development of new materials, processes, and methods

What you bring

  • Bachelor’s degree (Master’s or Doctorate preferred) from an ABET, or equivalent, accredited institution with a concentration in a relevant Materials Engineering / Aerospace Engineering / Physical Sciences discipline
  • A minimum of 10 years experience in the evaluation of aerospace materials, including metals, composites, and plastics
  • Familiarity with composite materials and processes used in the manufacture of composite aircraft fuselage and structural components including out-of-autoclave processing, bond preparation, and bonded assemblies
  • Experience in authoring / revising materials and process specifications for composite materials
  • Experience in authoring test plans and reports
  • Extensive knowledge of mechanical testing and physical characterization methods
  • Familiarity with industry-accepted statistical analysis methods of treating test data such as those found in CMH17-1
  • Conversant in non-destructive inspection methods frequently employed on composite parts and assemblies
  • A desire to work in a fast-paced work environment with a motivated team
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Strong team player
  • Excellent computer skills, familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Experience in stress analysis methods, including the use of hand calcs and FEM, is a plus

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, the 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.


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.

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