Virgin Galactic Gerber Operator 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

TSC is seeking a first rate, qualified Materials Handler / Gerber Operator to play a key role in facilitating the cutting and kitting of raw materials and supplies necessary to establish and operate the world’s first commercial manned spacecraft production company. The Material Handler / Gerber Operator will use computerized cutting table along with computerized inventory tracking systems to control stores and consumable inventory movement activities in the stockroom, kitting of materials and consumables for production, ensuring efficient quantities of materials are on hand for production, and deliveries to internal stakeholders. Candidate’s duties will also include processing internal material movements and replenishments along with Tool crib duties.

Ideal candidates should have a work history that demonstrates their ability to successfully work in an environment that requires exceptional attention to detail, the ability to multi-task, have excellent computer skills, have good customer service skills, and have prior experience in a fast- paced manufacturing environment.

  • Maintain accurate inventory, performing cycle counting, and physical inventory of raw material stock.

  • Perform accurate transactions in ERP system for issuing materials to appropriate

  • cost centers/projects & ensuring proper authorization is received for high cost materials.

  • Perform regular cycle counting and investigate discrepancies over a threshold level.

  • Responsible for Loading and offloading of the Gerber table.

  • Experienced in working with different varieties of raw materials

  • Working Knowledge of fabrics used in the production of composite parts, with the ability to identify potential fabric problems.

  • Organized and can prioritize cutting jobs according to needs of the Manufacturing Team

  • Good Knowledge and familiarity with the usage of various cutting tools

  • Responsible for Kitting and management of cut materials directly off the Gerber table until requested by the Manufacturing Team

  • Management of scrap materials to reduce TSC's carbon footprint.

  • Accurately pick/kit material components supporting production work order builds. Responsible for on-time delivery of all kits & material components to internal & external manufacturing locations.

  • Distribute material shortage reports in advance of builds and utilize substitute components as directed.

  • Ensure materials are counted back accurately when returned from production, scrap is charged to the production order and materials are returned to stock.

  • Train other material handlers/Gerber operators as necessary.

  • Experience in high technology, advanced materials or aerospace industries preferred

  • Good written/verbal communication skills

  • Strong experience with material movement and computerized inventory management (Oracle preferred)

  • Required to stand for extended amounts of time while operating the Gerber table

  • Physically able to safely and efficiently handle and move raw material weighing up to 60 pounds

  • Able to operate a manual pallet jack and move loaded skids weighing up to 200 pounds

  • Able to operate a lift truck is a plus, but not a requirement - training will be provided

  • Familiar with the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, and Outlook)

  • Familiar with use of e-mail, including sending attachments

  • Knowledge of EAR and ITAR requirements for international shipments is a plus

  • Excellent attention to detail

  • Effective organizational skills in dealing with incoming, outgoing, & customer owned products

  • Able to successfully keep multiple tasks running simultaneously

  • Works well with people, both internally and externally, and at all levels of the organization

  • Able to prioritize and consistently meet deadlines

  • Ability to communicate effectively via the phone, email, etc.

  • Holds and able to maintain a valid California driver’s license

  • Self-starter with a willingness to learn new things

  • Able to provide constructive feedback and creative solutions to problems

  • High school diploma or equivalent.

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: 2018-3446

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

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