Test Technician- Spaceship Propulsion

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Together we open space to change the world for good

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

Virgin Galactic has an exciting opportunity for a Test Technician in our SpaceShip Propulsion team!

The core responsibilities of the role include the following, although not limited to:

  • Assist with the development of systems and structures.
  • Responsible for accomplishing assigned maintenance, preventive maintenance, and repair work on the rocket system test platform.
  • Checks, dismantle, adjusts, overhauls, repairs, fabricates, removes, and installs all parts of the vehicle, including propulsion systems, avionics equipment & instruments, fuel & pressurizing systems, and mechanical systems.
  • Performs machine tool work and/or composite repair work in connection with the above mechanic maintenance work.
  • Shall be required to complete and sign work records in connection with work performed.
  • Inspects parts, sub-assemblies, and completed assemblies only to the extent necessary to determine, accomplish and approve own work.
  • Will be required to, but not limited to be working on base maintenance type workloads valid for the rocket systems test platform.

What you bring

  • FAA approved Airframe and Powerplant license (A&P License) preferred.
  • Minimum 2 years of college-level education preferred.
  • Certifications or similar within aerospace, aviation, or automotive.
  • Graduated from a technical college or other recognized apprenticeship.
  • Minimum 3 years of line maintenance experience.
  • Experience with avionics and electronics (to include wiring and build-up of systems).
  • Must be familiar with procedures applicable to the various phases of maintenance and a minimum of 2 years of experience.
  • Experience with composite structures is preferred whether in commercial or military aerospace applications.
  • Preferred experience with rocket systems and associated solid and/or liquid propellants.
  • Experience working with high-pressure fluids & gaseous systems.
  • Ability to drive commercial vehicles, heavy equipment, and obtain a CDL.
  • Ability to operate in confined spaces and over heights in fall protection/harnesses.
  • Our work location is in a desert environment- willingness and ability to work in hot and harsh environments are required.
  • Must display the maturity of action and judgment.
  • Must be able to work under pressure and fast-paced environment.
  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Willing to travel and be on-call.
  • Must be able to obtain an AOA badge.
  • Must have a valid passport and able to obtain a driver’s license.
  • 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).

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.

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