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Propulsion/Aerospace Safety Engineer

Company: Virgin Galactic
Location: Mojave
Posted on: June 20, 2022

Job Description:

Who we areVirgin Galactic, www.VirginGalactic.com (SPCE:NYSE), 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 us 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
Your MissionAs the Safety Engineer for Rocket Motor and Propulsion Systems Production Operations you will lead the integrated project team responsible for planning, developing, and executing both current Production Operations and the development of our next generation Rocket Motor Factory. You will be responsible for analyzing hazards and developing and meeting Safety requirements as well as developing and executing a program plan within the approved cost, schedule, and budget. This includes accountability for activities across the program lifecycle including, development, design, analysis, test, and production of our hybrid rocket motor in a new state of the art factory.

  • Proactively maintain and track safety program risks and opportunities and provide mitigation plans as needed
  • Leveraging your experience in previous manufacturing environments to help the team effectively employ safety design for manufacturability/assembly and design to cost couple with lean manufacturing processes/concepts to ensure that the next generation factory creates an effective environment for all who will utilize it
  • Regularly report to senior leadership, internal customers, and the wider organization the team's performance in the areas of safety and environmental compliance
    What you bring Basic Qualifications
    • Bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline with a preference toward aerospace, mechanical, electrical, manufacturing, safety, industrial engineering, STEM program from an accredited Institution
    • 2-5 years' experience working in and developing successful manufacturing/production safe work environments and interest and experience in occupational safety and environmental
    • Experience providing program leadership for a multidisciplinary/functional team demonstrating a track record of success.
    • Demonstrated success managing aerospace programs and projects ideally with a focus in manufacturing or production operations.
    • Ensure compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), and State and Local requirements
    • Interprets federal, state and company safety requirements and regulations, as they apply to rocket motor/propulsion operations, and implements policies and procedures to ensure that these operations are in compliance
    • The candidate should possess a working knowledge of risk identification and mitigation and the management of risk principles as it relates to the assembly and testing of rocket motors/propulsion systems and their components
    • Thorough understanding and broad application of occupational safety and health regulations, standards, principles, theories, and techniques
    • The candidate will be responsible for identifying, analyzing and controlling occupational hazards and promoting worksite and/or product safety by applying knowledge of industrial processes, mechanics, psychology, physiology, and industrial health and safety laws
    • Review governmental regulations and industry codes of practice for applicability to company processes, facilities, and equipment
    • Independently analyze and make recommendations for system design, equipment and procedures to control or eliminate hazards
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
    • Able to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and thrive in a complex, and rapidly evolving production environment with multiple priorities in production setting
    • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people.
    • Self-directed with demonstrated passion for our mission.
    • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, Visio, PowerPoint, and Project
      Preferred Qualifications
      • 5+ years relevant experience working in and developing successful safety programs in manufacturing/production environments
      • Experience with safety incident tracking software and tracking projects to close
      • Experience in development of propulsion and rocket motor programs
        Physical and/or Additional Requirements
        • 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 RequirementsTo conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, 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. As part of our commitment to health and safety, COVID-19 vaccines are required for current U.S. teammates, as well as all newly hired employees. As of October 1, 2021, all new hires must be able to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, ( "fully vaccinated" means at least two weeks have expired since receiving the vaccination's last dose as recommended by the manufacturer) . If you are offered employment, this requirement must be met by your date of hire. 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.

Keywords: Virgin Galactic, Lancaster , Propulsion/Aerospace Safety Engineer, Engineering , Mojave, California

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