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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.

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.

 

Electrician (Entry Level)

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Job Summary: Because of major growth within the company, VCSFA is looking to hire an Entry Level Electrician in the Wallops Island area.  This is a great role in which you can grow with the company.

Qualifications:

  • Basic electrical wiring
  • Install conduit (all types)
  • Low voltage up to 120vac
  • Pull wire
  • Tools and techniques of the trade

Education and/or Experience

A high school diploma or GED equivalent with a minimum of 0-2 years of experience of direct, practical work experience.

VCSFA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, and encourages Women, Minorities, Individuals with Disabilities, and protected Veterans to apply at www.vaspace.org or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Electrician II

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Performs electrical maintenance, alteration, and repair tasks on the VCSFA/MARS facilities/electrical and Fluid Ground Support Equipment (FGSE).

  • Assists in the preparation of quality, safety, and procedural documentation for operational and maintenance/repair activities.
  • Support preparation of the MARS launch pads and pad system for launch vehicle roll-out/stacking and launch.
  • Supports post-launch damage and readiness assessments, launch pad securing and cleanup.
  • Attends formal training as directed to pursue required certifications.
  • Operate ground support equipment including fork-lifts, man-lifts, boom-lifts, and tow tractors as required in the performance of assigned tasks.
  • Ensure completion of tasks safely, efficiently, and in accordance with MARS Safety, Quality, and Management Policies and Directives.
  • Conducts Fluid Control System (FCS) troubleshooting, repairs and upgrades for control system wiring.
  • Provide periodic maintenance for the following systems: ramp/site lighting, electrical communications room, FCS, cameras, HVAC, and hydraulic system controls.
  • Installation of wires and cable-wires, cables, nonmetallic sheathed cable, armored cable, in conduit, trays, duct, racks, wire mold, etc., as well as fabricating and rigging.
  • Installing and wiring control equipment, motor control equipment relays, thermostats, indicators, generators, motion switches, process controls, limit switches, counters, timers, instruments, electronic speed controls, voltage controls, flow meters, proportional valves and current controls.

Qualifications

  • 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.
  • Possess knowledge of advanced electrical systems and devices including their principles of operation.  
  • 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 the aptitude and ability to achieve formal certification for the operation and maintenance of high pressure and cryogenic systems.
  • Must be able to understand, follow, and promote OSHA safety guidelines and requirements in the workplace.
  • Must possess the aptitude and ability to hold certifications in the operation of fork-lifts, scissor man-lifts, and boom-lifts.
  • When directed, provides guidance and direction to Technician I and contractor support personnel.

Education and/or Experience

A high school diploma or GED equivalent with a minimum of 2 years of experience of direct, practical work experience in the performance of operations, maintenance, alteration, and repair of complex mechanical/electronic fluid/hydraulic and pressure systems, structural maintenance and corrosion control, or HVAC systems.

VCSFA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, and encourages Women, Minorities, Individuals with Disabilities, and protected Veterans to apply at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or www.vaspace.org

 

Mechanical Engineer

Summary: this position is primarily responsible for supporting the technical oversight of assigned engineered systems. Areas of support include: cryogenic, pneumatic, fuel, electrical, control, hydraulic, structural, HVAC, and water systems.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Provide direct oversight of O&M staff including engineers, technicians, and auxiliary support personnel.

  • Supervises and conducts the development and maintenance of operational system parameters related to system operational requirements.  Conduct field inspections and reviews of operational launch pad systems to assess conformance with design and operational requirements. 
  • Provides direction to VCSFA Engineer I, technicians and support personnel.
  • Works directly with customer, support contractors, and VCSFA technical and management staff in a team environment.
  • Develops system operating, testing, and maintenance procedures, engineering work packages for internal and external execution including those for hazardous operations, system drawings, trouble-shooting plans, certification documentation, system performance metrics, and documents required by MARS operational directives.
  • Generate system change documentation to increase operating efficiency, performance, safety, and reliability.
  • Develop and maintain system constraint and status documentation using MARS approved processes and procedures.  Prepare and present associated material to others.
  • Develop material for Change Configuration Board (CCB) and Design Reviews, provides input on engineering processes, develops and maintains an in-depth technical resource on the assigned system(s).
  • Continuously develops an advanced understanding of the launch pad systems as a whole.
  • Monitor and supervise the performance of fieldwork on the launch pad systems, ensures coordination with other internal groups including QA, Safety, and the Pad Manager.
  • Attends formal training as needed to pursue required certifications.
  • Ensures completion of tasks safely and efficiently within allocated budget/schedule, provide task workload estimates and required resources, provide requirements for task incorporation into workflow, comply with all Pad Management, Quality, Certification, and Cleanliness Documentation, and Safety Policies.

 

Qualifications:  Field experience in the operations and maintenance of cryogen and pneumatic systems, Launch Pad experience preferred.

  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and secure reliable transportation to 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.
  • Position requires a strong technically orientated operations management background with a focus on space launch vehicles and space launch ground systems with directly related work experience.  
  • Strong analytical and troubleshooting skills for the resolution of operational anomalies. 
  • In-depth knowledge and understanding launch range command, control, and communications systems and their interface with the launch pad. 
  • In-depth knowledge and understanding space launch pad fluid, high pressure gas, hydraulic, electrical and control, safety, and structural systems.
  • Must be able to travel in support of launch activities.
  • Must be able to maintain mental clarity and efficiency in work in a stressful operational environment.
  • Must be able to work well with demanding customers to deliver confidence in ability and promote long-term business relationships.
  • Must be able to understand, follow, and promote OSHA safety guidelines in the workplace.

 

Education and/or Experience: Bachelor’s Degree in engineering or a related field from an accredited college or university.  Advanced Engineering Degree desired. A minimum of three (3) years of related engineering work experience with at least one (1) year of experience as engineer responsible for a particular project associated with a major engineering system. Practical work experience with space launch systems with and experience in space launch operations management.

VCSFA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, and encourages Women, Minorities, Individuals with Disabilities, and protected Veterans to apply at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.