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A&P Technician (Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic)

Company: Virgin Galactic
Location: Las Cruces
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Virgin Galactic, www.VirginGalactic.com (NYSE: SPCE), recognizes that the answers to many of the challenges we face in sustaining life on our beautiful but fragile planet, lie in making better use of space. Sending people to space has not only expanded our understanding of science, but taught us amazing things about human ingenuity, physiology and psychology. From space, we are able to look with a new perspective both outward and back. From space, the borders that are fought over on Earth are arbitrary lines. From space, it is clear that there is much more that unites us than divides us.

 

“We are at the vanguard of a new industry determined to pioneer twenty-first century spacecraft, which will open space to everybody — and change the world for good.”  Sir Richard Branson, Founder, Virgin Galactic

 

If you are looking for a challenging opportunity that will ignite your passion for designing cool and innovative products, are exceptionally creative, are a great problem solver and can make things happen - apply today!

 

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  • Assist with development of maintenance manual definition for vehicle systems and structures.
  • Assist with the spaceline GMM development and definition.
  • Support training program definition with direct input of hands-on knowledge from the vehicles via different mediums as appropriate.
  • Responsible for accomplishing assigned maintenance, preventive maintenance and repair work on the space flight system vehicles.
  • Checks, dismantles, adjusts, overhauls, repairs, fabricates, removes and installs all parts of aircraft, including propulsion systems (turbine & rocket), avionics equipment & instruments, fuel systems, ECS systems, life support systems and mechanical systems and hydraulic systems.
  • Performs machine tool work and/or composite repair work in connection with the above mechanic maintenance work.
  • Shall be required to return an aircraft to service after maintenance had been performed as allowed by the spaceline GMM and the privileges of the airframe and powerplant license.
  • Shall be required to complete and sign work records in connection with work performed.
  • Inspects parts, sub-assemblies and completed assemblies only to the extent necessary to determine, accomplish and approve own work.
  • Will be required to, but not limited to be working on base maintenance type workloads for the spaceline vehicles. 

* The Employer retains the right to change or assign other duties to this position.


  • Must have a valid FAA approved Airframe and Powerplant license (A&P License).
  • Must have a valid passport and able to obtain a driver’s license. 
  • Must be familiar with procedures applicable to the various phases of maintenance. 
  • Preferred experience with rocket systems and associated solid and/or liquid propellants.
  • Experience with life support systems (crew and passenger).
  • Must be willing to travel and be on-call. 
  • Must be able to obtain an AOA badge.

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Minimum 2 years of college level education preferred.
  • Certifications or similar within aerospace, aviation or automotive.
  • Graduated from a technical college or other recognized apprenticeship.
  • Minimum 1-2 years line maintenance experience, 5 years experience is preferred.
  • Experience on narrow body and/or business jet aircraft preferred.
  • Experience with composite aircraft is preferred although not required (commercial or military aerospace application).
  • Must have the ability to assume responsibility for proper administration of policies and procedures.
  • Must be able to work under pressure and thrive in a fast paced environment.
  • Must display maturity of action and judgment.
  • Good communication skills.

Physical and/or Additional Requirements

  • Must be able to work all shifts and available for overtime as well as weekends when needed.
  • Must be able to travel 25% or more of the time.
  • 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- 3+ hours min.
  • 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.
 

 

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.

 

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