Virgin Galactic Propulsion Engineer Specialist in Mojave, California

The Spaceship Company (TSC) is an affiliate of Virgin Galactic as a space-system manufacturing organization. Headquartered at Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, California, it is building and testing a fleet of WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft and SpaceShipTwo reusable spaceships that, together, form Virgin Galactic’s human spaceflight system. Like many Virgin companies across the world, its team of over 350 talented and dedicated engineers, technicians and professionals are drawn together by a willingness to disrupt and challenge the status quo and deliver innovative aerospace solutions to our customers’ needs. TSC’s extensive capabilities encompass preliminary vehicle design and analysis, manufacturing, ground testing, flight testing and post-delivery support.

Our Values

TSC and the greater Virgin Organization have a relaxed and informal culture that encourages individuality and innovation. You will be motivated, enterprising and enthusiastic. Company culture is such that you need to be able to “check your ego at the door”, be a self-starter and possess a sense of humility. You will work well under pressure and thrive on being given challenges and responsibility. You will communicate clearly and be confident and persuasive. You will have a high level of integrity and understand the need of complete confidentiality.

Who you are

The Spaceship Company (TSC) is seeking an experienced Propulsion Specialist who will be proficient in performing analysis, research, and design for air-breathing propulsion systems that includes turbofan, turboprop, turbojet, RAMJET, SCRAMJET and combined cycle engines. You will find yourself amongst the best and brightest while being part of a pioneering organization!

  • Will act as the technical liaison lead with the Propulsion System Subcontractor and TSC Advanced Design/Design Engineering during development and production to ensure all technical requirements are met.

  • Perform propulsion system engineering trade studies, engine deck parametric studies of engine/inlet/nozzle performance, support all phases of design, selection, development, integration and testing of a propulsion system to include; airframe integration, engine control logic and hardware, fuel system, bleed extraction, HP extraction, inlet and nozzles.

  • Prepare performance specifications, requirements, and statement of work documents.

  • Develop propulsion models for incorporation into 6-DOF flight performance simulation models. Assist Aero and Flight Control teams in validation of air vehicle performance.

  • Support new product development programs and fleet sustaining issues.

  • Maintain current legacy computer analysis programs, and support development of modified and new software tools and methods.

  • Present work and technical findings to management and senior leadership through design reviews and program milestones.

  • Perform customer presentations, provide engineering reports, specifications and proposal inputs.

  • BS or MS degree from an accredited college in Mechanical Engineering or Aerospace Engineering (or related field)

  • 10 years’ or more experience in airbreathing propulsion systems for aerospace vehicles that includes turbofan, turboprop, turbojet, RAMJET, SCRAMJET, and combined cycle engines.

  • Experience with planning and conducting flight tests, and post test data evaluation is desired.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Excellent organizational skills and problem-solving skills

  • Strong team player

  • Excellent computer skills, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint

  • Preferred experience with 3D solid modeling software; CATIA, etc.

  • 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, military or NASA is highly desired

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.

The Spaceship Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with The Spaceship Company 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.

iCIMS Req Number: 2017-3077

FLSA Status: Exempt

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