Virgin Galactic Manufacturing Technician, Tooling (Mojave, CA) in Mojave, California

Who we are

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 Mission:

TSC and the greater Virgin Organization has 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 commercial 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.

Main Purpose of the Role:

TSC is seeking a first rate qualified Tooling Technician with experience in setup and build of composite tools and assembly structures. This role is for a hands-on person with great attention to detail and excellent people skills, a hands-on person with great versatility with regard to building and assembling large precision structures. The first task of this role will be the fabrication of world class composite tooling utilizing infusion, wet lay, pre-preg and other tooling techniques. The technician in this position will support the production tooling and equipment design and installation in order to create an efficient, organized, and lean factory.

  • Hands‐on composite Tooling fabrication, creating composite tooling from master molds.

  • Large structure handling: driving a forklift, scissor lift, boom lift, etc. operating a crane or hoist.

  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs.

  • Produce composite aircraft tooling within tight tooling aerospace tooling tolerances.

  • Complete understanding and hands on experience with tooling infusion process.

  • In autoclave and out of autoclave tooling processes

Professional Requirements

  • Hands on experience in setup of large scale precision fixtures or tooling

  • Excellent Organizational Skills and problem-solving skills

  • Excellent computer skills (CAD and/or 3D software packages) as well as standard Microsoft products a plus

  • Strong team player

  • Experience with large aircraft assembly and inspection a plus

  • Metal shop skills (welding, grinding, machining, etc.) a plus

  • Applicants must be U.S. persons as defined by the ITAR (22 CFR §120.15)

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to stand for extended periods – 8 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 40lbs (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.

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: 2017-2756

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

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