Careers at Virginia Space
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Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Develop with general direction and oversight system operating, testing, and maintenance procedures, engineering work packages including those for hazardous operations, system drawings, trouble-shooting plans, certification documentation, system performance metrics, and documents required by MARS operational directives.
- Develop and maintain operational system parameters: commodity levels in relation to operational requirements; spares critical for flight and maintenance; sampling and system cleanliness; outage requests and tracking; system configuration control; and produce weekly status reports.
- Generate system change recommendations to increase operating efficiency, performance, safety, and reliability.
- Designs, tests, installs, and maintains large-scale electronic equipment or machinery.
- Use computer-assisted engineering and design software and equipment to perform assignments.
- Applies principles and techniques of electrical engineering to accomplish goals.
- Develop Material for Change Configuration Board (CCB) and Design Reviews; provide input on engineering processes; develop and maintain an in-depth technical resource on the assigned system(s); develop a practical understanding of the launch pad systems as a whole.
- Monitor and perform fieldwork on the assigned system(s); coordinate with other internal groups including QA, Safety, and the Pad Manager.
- Attend formal training as needed to pursue required certifications.
- Ensure 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, Documentation, and Safety Policies.
- Perform other duties in support of work unit as assigned.
- Must possess a valid driver’s license and secure reliable transportation to the Authority’s Norfolk Office 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 base of knowledge of engineering practices and principles. Experience with pneumatic, cryogenic, hydraulic and other liquid, and control systems preferred.
- Requires use of several methods and procedures in combination.
- Must effectively demonstrate the ability to create plans, establish priorities and allocate resources to achieve a specific objective.
- Must be flexible in working cross-discipline with other engineers.
Education and/or Experience
Bachelor’s Degree in engineering or a related field (physics, chemistry, biomechanics) 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.
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.
We have an opening for a Technician II at our Mid Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) on Wallops Island, located on the Eastern Shore. The Technician II operates ground and heavy equipment, performs general and specific mechanical services to support launch pad facility upgrades, improvements, maintenance, repairs, system operations support, and supports field documentation.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Provides mechanical support to cryogenic, pneumatic, fuel, control, structural, HVAC, water and fluid/hydraulic systems.
- Performs mechanical maintenance, alteration, and repair tasks on the VCSFA/MARS mechanical and Fluid Ground Support Equipment (FGSE).
- Provides low voltage (controls) electrical support to to cryogenic, pneumatic, fuel, control, structural, HVAC, water and fluid/hydraulic systems.
- Performs low voltage (controls) electrical maintenance, alteration, and repair tasks on the mechanical and FGSE.
- Operates the VCSFA/MARS mechanical and Fluid Ground Support Equipment in accordance with approved operating procedures including performance of valve line-ups, replenishment of FGSE storage vessels, monitoring of FGSE storage levels, maintaining system and area cleanliness, executing system Lock Out/Tag Out as directed, and supporting FGSE fluid and gas sampling.
- Performs Structural Maintenance and securing of the launch mount, blast protection plates, and trench covers.
- Performs maintenance and repairs as required to Environmental Control System units and controls.
- Assists in the preparation of quality, safety, and procedural documentation for operational and maintenance/repair activities.
- Supports preparation of the VCSFA/MARS launch pads and pad systems 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 or maintain required certifications.
- Operates ground support equipment including fork-lifts, man-lifts, boom-lifts, and tow tractors as required in the performance of assigned tasks.
- Ensures completion of tasks safely, efficiently, and in accordance with VCSFA/MARS Safety, Quality, and Management Policies and Directives.
- 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 5 years of experience of direct, practical work experience in the performance of operations, maintenance, alteration, and repair of complex mechanical fluid/hydraulic and pressure systems, structural maintenance and corrosion control, or HVAC systems.
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!
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.