Senior Mass Properties Engineer

Company Details

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

The Senior Mass Properties Engineer will be responsible for advancing the Mass Properties development for the suborbital spaceplane SpaceShipTwo, Spaceship 3, the mothership Eve, and other special projects. The Senior Mass Properties Engineer will also be responsible for providing technical leadership and mentorship, promoting a culture of continual improvement and quality within the Mass Properties Team.

Virgin Galactic is seeking a seasoned engineer with experience in Mass Properties, design, and structures. The candidate will build on an intimate knowledge of all aircraft systems. The engineer will also support creating flight forms, flight tests, aircraft weighing, mass distributions, preliminary design, weight, and CG envelope design, and weight improvement programs.

Even though the position can be predominantly remote, the candidate is expected to travel to our California and New Mexico sites as required.

  • Review and work engineering drawings for Mass Properties.
  • Update Mass Properties Databases.
  • Assist and perform mass property trade studies as necessary.
  • Suggest and track weight improvement ideas.
  • Assist in Mass Properties measurements from a detail up to a vehicle level.
  • Perform mass distributions.
  • Work across multiple disciplines to ensure company goals are met.
  • Other Mass Properties tasks as needed.
  • Remote work available must be onsite (New Mexico and California) as needed.

Responsibilities typically identify 3 key job responsibilities or essential functions for each job:

  • Review and approve engineering drawings and incorporate them into the mass properties database.
  • Maintain DD365 based weight and balance handbook for aircraft/spacecraft.
  • Perform mass properties measurements for aircraft and spacecraft.

What you bring

  • Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering, and/or equivalent, with a minimum of 8 years of related experience
  • Excel
  • CATIA
  • Self-starter
  • Mass Properties experience including measuring mass properties, estimate mass properties from drawings, weight reduction programs, and mass property manuals
  • Familiarity with the Mass Props standards. RP7/8, AIR FORCE TO 1-1B-50, DD Form 365 series
  • Preferred Skills and Experience
    • CPD (Composites Part Design) and/or FiberSIM
    • Coding and tool development experience
  • Applicants must be U.S. persons as defined by the ITAR (22 CFR §120.15)

ITAR Requirements

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.

Tagged as: Aerospace Engineering, aircraft/spacecraft

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