Senior Materials & Process Engineer

Company Details

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Virgin Galactic is seeking a first rate aerospace materials and processes engineer with experience in composite materials, testing, out-of-autoclave processing, as well as bonded assemblies. The engineer in this role will be expected to fully understand and maintain the materials and processes used in the manufacture of the Mothership and Spaceships. The primary task of this role will be to review/write manufacturing procedures and processes to ensure compliance with design specifications. This will require consultation and buy-in from stakeholders in various departments so strong interpersonal skills are also necessary. The engineer in this role is expected to be knowledgeable of basic mechanical testing methods, and familiar with composite and paste adhesive properties and processing. An additional task of this role will be to design and carry-out mechanical testing to support structural analysis of both current and future vehicle builds.

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 production of parts
  • Communicate technical concepts and results to Progammatic and Engineering stakeholders to inform company/program decisions
  • Provide technical guidance in the development of new materials, processes, and methods

Key Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree from an ABET, or equivalent, accredited institution with a concentration in a relevant Engineering or Sciences discipline
  • A minimum of 5 years experience preferred 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
  • Experience with materials and process specifications for composite materials
  • Experience in authoring test plans and reports
  • Knowledge of mechanical testing and physical characterization methods
  • Familiarity with statistical analysis methods of treating test data
  • 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
  • Excellent computer skills, familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Strong team player

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s or Doctorate 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 preferred 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 bond preparation, surface treatments, and bonded assemblies
  • Experience with aerospace grade metals, such as those in the MMPDS, standard aerospace fasteners, and welding
  • Experience in authoring / revising materials and process specifications for composite materials
  • Experience in developing a Design of Experiments
  • Extensive knowledge of mechanical testing and physical characterization methods for composite materials and joints
  • Familiarity with industry-accepted statistical analysis methods of treating test data such as those found in CMH17-1
  • Experience with non-destructive inspection methods frequently employed on composite parts and assemblies
  • Experience in stress analysis methods, including the use of hand calcs and FEM, is a plus
    M&P MRB experience is a plus

Tagged as: FEM, statistical analysis, MRB, cmh17-1

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