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Mechanical Engineer, Spaceship Propulsion

Your Mission at Virgin Galactic

You will be contributing to and supporting a team of Engineers to develop cutting edge tooling designs and processes to be used in the fabrication and assembly of rocket motor components. Your goal is to help establish and maintain a lean production environment. 
  • 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.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from an accredited institution - Desired experience level: 4+ years with bachelor’s degree
  • Experience in process improvement, root cause analysis, and corrective action implementation
  • Experience in tooling design across the product lifecycle including developing requirements, prototype design and validation
  • Computer Aided Design experience (Solid works 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
What you bring
  • Knowledge of Kaizen and Lean Manufacturing philosophies and tools
  • Experience with Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
  • Experience with composite fabrication and assembly processes
  • Knowledge of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
  • Familiarity with Quality Management Systems like TipQA  
The annual U.S. base salary range for this full-time position is $72,500.00–$105,200.00. The base pay actually offered will vary depending on job-related knowledge, skills, location, and experience and take into account internal equity. Other forms of pay (e.g., bonus or long term incentive) may be provided as part of the compensation package, in addition to a full range of medical, financial, and other benefits, dependent on the position offered. For more information regarding Virgin Galactic benefits, please visit
Who we are
Virgin Galactic is transforming humanity’s relationship with space. By making it more open and accessible, we are connecting the world to the love, wonder and awe inspired by space travel, helping to create new opportunities for the benefit of life on Earth. Whether it’s supporting cutting-edge research missions for scientists and students or offering life-changing experiences for the adventurers among us, Virgin Galactic is THE spaceline for Earth. Such an audacious vision requires a team as driven as they are curious - one capable of redefining the boundaries of what’s possible. 
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-19 virus, (“fully vaccinated” means at least two weeks 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.