Aircraft Structural Design Engineer

The Spaceship Company - Mojave

Posted 879 days ago
  • Experience
    Mid-Senior level
  • Job function
  • Employment type
  • Industry
    Aviation & Aerospace
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Job description

Main Purpose of the Role

TSC is seeking a first rate aircraft structural engineer with experience in composite aircraft design and production manufacturing. The first task of this role will be to help update prototype design information developed by Scaled Composites and compile designs into a standardized format by reviewing prototype build notes and redlines. The second task will be to define manufacturing tolerances for individual parts and assemblies which will be used as acceptance criteria for suppliers and in-house production operations. Third, engineers in this position will be expected to review planned manufacturing procedures and processes to ensure compliance with design specifications and intentions.

Tasks and Responsibilities

• Reviews, updates, and compiles engineering definition of structural components and assemblies based on records from the prototype build project

• Develops standardized design criteria and templates using model based definition practices

• Establishes manufacturing tolerances for production of structural components using GD&T

• Establishes Product Lifecycle Management architecture using PLM and ERP software

• Assists in creating engineering BOM based on prototype design and build configuration

• Helps establish the engineering definition review, approval, and release process

• Assists in the setup of a configuration management process utilizing PLM software

• Supports review of manufacturing plans and procedures to ensure compliance with design requirements.

• Supports the creation of structural test plans which will be used to verify manufacturing processes meet design intent and requirements (according to part 25 FAA requirements)

Desired Skills and Experience

Key Requirements

• 7-10 years’ experience in Aircraft Composite fabrication and assembly processes

• CAD experience -Catia V5 mandatory and CATIA Composites (CPD)

• Experience with Model Based Definition

• Strong GD&T skills through experience and formal training

• Experience with Product Lifecycle Management tools (PLM software) and configuration management

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills

• Excellent Organizational Skills and problem-solving skills

• Strong team player • Excellent computer skills, word, excel and powerpoint

• Knowledge and experience with AS9100 a plus

• Familiar with relevant aerospace standards (FAA‐ASTM, etc). Part 400 knowledge a plus

• Experience with manufacturing based ERP systems a plus

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


•  Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, with a concentration in a relevant Engineering discipline.


Personal Requirements 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 be able to work easily with senior management of the Company, Virgin Galactic, Virgin Management USA, Virgin Management UK to contribute as an equal to the commercial and strategic discussions and decisions of the Group. You will communicate clearly and be confident and persuasive. You will have a high level of integrity and understand the need of complete confidentiality.

About this company

The Spaceship Company

TSC, also known as The Spaceship Company, is a new aerospace production company, founded by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group and Scaled Composites, which will be building the world’s first fleet of commercial spaceships and launch aircraft intended to make widespread space travel a reality. TSC has contracted Scaled Composites to develop and build a suborbital space flight system, comprised of WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo, and TSC is now taking these designs into commercial production. TSC’s first customer is Virgin Galactic ( which is on track to become the world’s first private “spaceline”.

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