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Careers at Virginia Space

At Virginia Space, we're working on solving the challenges that take us a step closer to our mission first, safety always approach to successfully supporting our clients. Whether it's preparing for a launch or working on our UAS runway, our industry promises to be fun and full of new experiences.

Browse through all open positions and pick the challenge that excites you most.

 

HVAC Technician

Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority aims to provide safe, reliable, and responsive Space Access at competitive prices, and is proud to offer full-service launch facilities for commercial, government, scientific and academic users both foreign and domestic.

We have an opening for an HVAC Technician at our Mid Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) on Wallops Island, located on the Eastern Shore. The HVAC Technician provides direct heating and air quality system installation and repair support to the various buildings and projects associated with Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Core duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Installs, operates, maintains and performs maintenance on all types of domestic and commercial heating, ventilation systems, air conditioning, refrigeration systems and components; equipment includes but is not limited to: chillers, package air conditioners, heat pumps, oil and gas boilers and furnaces, geothermal units, condensers, ventilation systems, and cooling towers.
  • Troubleshoots systems to determine root cause analysis.
  • Makes recommendation for repairs and/or replacement of equipment/components, and performs replacement of components or units, using all types of test equipment, such as voltmeters, gauges, leak detectors, reclaimers, vacuum pumps, charging equipment, meggers, etc.
  • Performs inspections of equipment for damage, wear, inefficient operation, malfunctioning, and evidence of need for overhaul or tear down.
  • Checks components and elements such as valves, pressure gauges, temperature readings, switch settings, gas leaks, bearing wear, overheating, noise, irregular operation of fans, coils, oil separators, condensers, and compressors.
  • Takes temperature readings, tests for gas leaks, inspects tubing and piping for leaks.
  • Installs refrigerant and piping lines, ductwork per schematic drawings, and connects assemblies in line, such as compressors, condensers, motors, and related units.
  • Conducts equipment and system commissioning.
  • Uses manufacturer’s handbooks and related manuals as guides for specifications and for the more complex diagnosis and repair procedures (including systems such as the air filtering-dehumidification air conditioning systems as used in various office buildings of the facility as well as controls, such as thermostats, pressure-stats, humidistat, relays, switches, solenoids, and the like).
  • Uses manufacturers documentation and field conditions (when appropriate) to develop and perform preventative maintenance procedures, operations documents, blueprints and system documentation
  • Develops blueprints and system documentation based on field conditions and manufactures documentation.
  • Performs work on various types of HVAC electronic/electrical equipment and related devices by performing the following: installing, maintaining, replacing, overhauling, troubleshooting, modifying, construction and testing.
  • Applies technical knowledge of electronic/electrical principles, determines malfunctions, and restores malfunctioning equipment to optimum operating conditions (equipment consists of many different types of circuits or multiple repetition of the same type of circuit used in Fire Protection Systems, Energy Management Systems, Security Systems, Elevators Controls, Utility Controls, Electrical generator Controls, etc.)
  • Performs work, testing and troubleshooting on fiber optic-based communications.
  • Responds to off-duty hour calls to silence alarm, shutdown pumps, prevent loss/damage, and restore the malfunctioning equipment to proper operation.

Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required or must be obtained. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Offices and facilities on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.
  • Must be able to maintain secured access to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport and supporting facilities.
  • Must have a basic knowledge of electronics, electrical, and mechanical principles that pertain to electronic control systems.
  • Must have the ability to interpret and develop blueprints and line diagrams using applicable codes.
  • Must be possesses expertise in the use of multi meters and other test equipment to troubleshoot HVAC and Controls components and equipment.
  • Must possess current universal license for reclamation of refrigerants.
  • Must be able to maintain (including replenishing fluids), modify, troubleshoot, repair, adjust, calibrate, validate, certify, test and operate domestic and commercial air conditioning and heating units, associated ventilation systems, related circuitry, and building automation controls.
  • The position requires the application of knowledge and skills necessary to perform soldering and produce reliable electrical connections.
  • Must be skilled in the use of electrical test equipment (digital multi-meter, amp meter, oscilloscope) and maintenance equipment (soldering iron, crimps, conduit bender/threader, angle grinder and reciprocating saw).
  • Must possess the aptitude and ability to achieve formal certification for the operation of various ground support equipment through formal training.
  • Must possess excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Must be proficient in the use of Microsoft Office Software suite and Microsoft Windows based programs
  • Must possess the aptitude and ability to achieve formal certification for the operation and maintenance of high pressure systems.
  • Must be able to understand, follow, and promote OSHA safety guidelines and requirements in the workplace.

Education and/or Experience

A high school diploma or GED equivalent. Technical training from an accredited training school or military service school is preferred. Completed a recognized air conditioning apprentice program with 5 years of work experience, or have a minimum of ten years of experience working as an air conditioning and refrigeration Technician.

Applicants must be team oriented, flexible and focused on maintaining a high level of customer satisfaction. If you are team oriented, have the above qualifications and enjoy a high-volume, fast paced work environment, this position may be for you!

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Engineer

Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority - Wallops Island, VA

Job Summary

Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority (VCSFA) has a position open for an Engineer in our Mid Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) facility located on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. VCSFA, also known as ‘Virginia Space,' owns and operates MARS, and aims to provide safe, reliable, and responsive Space Access at competitive prices. We offer full-service launch facilities for commercial, government, scientific and academic users.

Position Description

The Engineer will primarily be responsible for reporting to the MARS special projects team to design SCADA systems for interfacing with spacecraft/payload processing building, launch facilities, and operations centers.  The primary focus for this role involves design, program, test, analysis, and startup of various control and monitoring systems.  Systems will include: cryogenic, pneumatic, fuel, electrical, hydraulic, structural, HVAC, data, and water. 

 Primary Responsibilities: 

  • Development of systems requirements
  • Automated Control Systems design, development, and/or maintenance
  • System design, including concept sketches and layouts
  • System Verification and Validation Test Development/Execution 
  • Automated Control and Human Machine Interface (HMI) Software Development
  • Design and document PLC programs and logic per project requirements 
  • SCADA programming 
  • Familiarity with Rockwell Software 
  • Basic HVAC knowledge preferred
  • Matlab Experience is preferred 
  • Create operations manuals and maintenance documents 
  • Communicate and troubleshoot with end users 

Basic Qualifications:

A degree in electrical engineering or computer science engineering or a related scientific discipline from a regionally accredited college or university (ABET accreditation preferred) or a sufficient number of specialized courses in relevant general engineering or appropriate engineering disciplines to meet job requirements.  Minimum of three to five years of progressive and relevant experience. Experience with C/C++ programming and software development, test and operations lifecycle. 

To submit your interest for consideration, please click on the following link: https://www.indeed.com/viewjob?t=engineer&jk=b31bae067845694d&_ga=2.188543144.1618171405.1518632138-1055354752.1518632138

 

Virginia Space is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.