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Manufacturing Engineer, Spaceship Propulsion

Company: Virgin Galactic Holdings, Inc.
Location: Mojave
Posted on: November 21, 2022

Job Description:

Virgin Galactic (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 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


VG is seeking a Manufacturing Engineer with experience in fabrication of components and assemblies in development and production environments. We are looking for Engineers who can leverage their strengths in standard manufacturing practices and methods to develop efficient and effective solutions that can be easily deployed to the production floor/environment. You will be contributing to and supporting a team of Engineers and Technicians building rocket motor components and assemblies with cutting edge tooling. This includes being skilled at rapid iteration of process and work instructions delivered through technician feedback (continuous improvement). Your goal is to help establish and maintain a lean production environment that will be used to catapult Rocket Motor Production to support future Spaceship flight cadence. This includes, but is not limited to the equipment, tools, systems, and materials required to create an efficient, organized, and lean factory that fabricates propulsion systems supporting Virgin Galactic's mission to open space for everyone.


Basic Qualifications

* Bachelor's degree in Manufacturing Engineering from an accredited institution
* Experience working on shop floor with technicians/operators in a hands-on environment.
* Experience in process improvement, root cause analysis, and corrective action implementation
* Familiarity with Quality Management Systems like TipQA
* Experience in tooling design across the product lifecycle including developing requirements, prototype design and validation
* Computer Aided Design experience (Solidworks 2+ years)
* Ability to read, interpret and create engineering drawings
* Familiarity with the use and implementation of design for manufacturing/assembly, design to cost, effective product lifecycle management, and product configuration management and control
* Strong team player and ability to work independently with excellent organizational and problem-solving skills
* Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to interact with all levels of the organization
* Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint
* Applicants must be U.S. persons as defined by ITAR (22 CFR -120.15)

Preferred Skills and Experience

* Desired experience level: 2+ years with Bachelor's degree
* Knowledge of Kaizen and Lean Manufacturing philosophies and tools
* Experience with shop floor layout planning and improvement
* Experience with deployment of manufacturing execution systems "MES"
* Experience with composite fabrication and assembly processes

ITAR Requirements

To 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.

EEO Statement

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.


As part of our commitment to health and safety, COVID-19 vaccines are required for current U.S. teammates, as well as 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-19virus, ("fully vaccinated" means at least two week have expired since receiving the vaccination's last dose as recommended by the manufacturer) or have a valid religious or medical exemption.--- If you are offered employment, this requirement must be met be your date of hire.--- Virgin Galactic complies with federal, state, and local laws with regard to accommodations related to this policy.

Keywords: Virgin Galactic Holdings, Inc., Lancaster , Manufacturing Engineer, Spaceship Propulsion, Other , Mojave, California

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