Posted Date:  Sep 22, 2022
City:  Mojave

Title:  Propulsion Production Technician

Job Description: 


Your Mission at Virgin Galactic


Virgin Galactic is seeking an experienced composites bonding, assembly, fabrication, and test technician to join our dynamic Spaceship Propulsion Team.  This Spaceship Propulsion Production Technician is for a hands-on person with great attention to detail and excellent people skills.  If you have a great attitude and a creative mind then you will feel right at home in this organization! The first task of this role will be to quickly learn and understand our unique bonding and assembly processes used in the production of our hybrid rocket motors. The technician in this position will work from engineering drawings and detailed work instructions to fabricate top quality propulsion components. You will find yourself amongst the best and brightest while being part of a pioneering organization!


  • Composites parts fabrication and repair:
    • Cutting composite fabrics and rubbers, laying up composite fabrics and rubbers by hand in molds to fabricate spaceship rocket motor and launch vehicle parts
    • Assembly of tools to be used for injection molding parts to be consumed in manufacturing
    • Use of weighing scales to properly ratio resins to hardener and to track material weights consumed by the part
    • Measuring and placing stations on tooling mold surfaces to locate composite fabric plies per engineering drawings
    • Vacuum bagging of parts per specifications
    • Reads Engineering Orders, (MWI,s), blueprints and Service Repair Manuals (SRMs)
    • Operates curing ovens/autoclave and monitors cycle functions
  • Assembly: 
    • Cleaning
    • Hand sanding composite surfaces
    • Dry fitting components
    • Hand finishing parts to fit including hand trimming
    • Wet layup (using adhesives and fabrics)
    • Fixing/locating structure
    • Use of equipment such as gantry cranes to locate components
    • Forklift operations consisting of gathering and placing parts
    • Follow instructions precisely to complete complex assemblies accurately
  • Bonding:
    • Use adhesives
    • Co-curing and secondary bonding
    • Surface preparations utilizing curing temperatures and cleanliness
  • Filament Winding: 
    • Winding experience not required but preferred
    • Programming experience using SimWind, FlexWind, and/or FiberGrafix not required but preferred  
  • Computer work: 
    • Work with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system to record job status, time spent, and material tracking


What You Bring


  • High School Diploma or equivalent 
  • 2 + years of experience with composites or aircraft fabrication and assembly strongly preferred
  • Hands-on experience in a precision yet manual manufacturing setting required
  • Can demonstrate standard fabrication methods utilizing wet lay-up and pre-preg lay-up processes including gap mapping and corner tapes
  • Able to identify, assess, and repair damage to composite and honeycomb structures
  • Able to perform and document damage removal, core removal, scarf and mechanical patches
  • Identifies, removes, cleans, and preps contaminated structures
  • Experienced with transits, levels, lasers, and trackers
  • A strong understanding of the importance of FOD control and tool control
  • Experienced with Quality Inspection points and process documentation
  • High level of knowledge of resins, mixing, ratios, and paste mixes
  • Thinks outside of the box and finish jobs per schedule and demands
  • Must be able to take direction well and is a strong team player
  • Extreme attention to detail and continual pursuit of perfection
  • Excellent listening and communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and problem-solving skills
  • Knowledge of lean manufacturing philosophies a plus
  • Experience with manufacturing-based ERP systems a plus
  • Experience with hand tools (torque wrenches, specialty tools etc.) a plus
  • Experience with plumbing (fluid lines and fittings) a plus
  • Experience with manual lathe and mill operation a plus
  • Strong safety work ethic – recognizes the importance of properly handling hazardous materials, chemicals, tools, etc.
  • Enjoys manual/physical labor
  • Must be comfortable working in a non-temperature controlled environment


Physical and/or Additional Requirements 


  • 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 25lbs (unassisted). 


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.