Senior Engineer, Mechanical Systems

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Virgin Galactic  is seeking a goal-oriented Senior Mechanical Systems Aircraft Design Engineer. The primary tasks of this person will be to coordinate, develop, design and qualify integrated mechanical, pneumatic, and hydraulic systems for the next generation of motherships.  Knowledge of the design life cycle process from requirements definition to system qualification is required.  Competency in first order design and analysis principles is a must.  Demonstrated proficiency in CATIA V5 or equivalent is required. The job will also involve reviewing the existing designs & test data and identifying areas for development or further testing.

  • Knowledge of air vehicle systems, systems integration, engineering design, the drawing release process, and subsystems/component qualification
  • Develops and refines system level requirements for vehicle systems based on customer and derived requirements.  Knowledge and experience with FAR Part 23 and 25 requirements is a plus even though this program is not held to this standard.
  • Ability to evaluate flight test and component qualification data for verification and validation purposes and to identify further testing or development/re-design work
  • Reviews, updates, and compiles engineering definition of aircraft system components and assemblies based on records from the current vehicle designs
  • Supports review of manufacturing plans and procedures to ensure compliance with design requirements
  • Supports the creation of system test plans which will be used to verify the design meets requirements
  • Confers with management, engineering, and other staff regarding manufacturing capabilities, production schedules, and other considerations to facilitate production processes
  • Ability to accurately estimate engineering work scope based on relevant previous experiences
  • Working knowledge and experience integrating various mechanical systems into a composite aircraft.

What you bring

  • B.S. degree in Mechanical, Aerospace, or similar engineering discipline is required
  • 8+ years of relevant industry experience; 10+ years is preferred
  • Experience with CATIA V5 strongly preferred.  SOLIDWORKS or equivalent will be considered in lieu of CATIA.
  • Experience in aircraft systems design, (mechanical, pneumatic, hydraulic) assembly and test processes
  • Experienced design (broad based aircraft experience) with knowledge of design manufacturing tolerances for production of components using GD&T
  • Experience with Product Lifecycle Management tools (PLM software), Requirements management tools and configuration management
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, excellent computer skills including Microsoft Word,
  • Excel, PowerPoint, and Matlab
  • Knowledge and experience with AS9100 a plus
  • 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, DO-160, military (MIL-STD-810) or NASA are highly desired
  • Experience with manufacturing based ERP systems a plus
  • Applicants must be U.S. persons as defined by the ITAR (22 CFR §120.15)
  • Strong team player and ability to work independently with excellent organizational and problem-solving skills

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