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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.

Currently, we do not have any openings but check back often to see future opportunities.

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.

 

CIVIL ENGINEER

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.

MARS is seeking a Civil Engineer to join our dynamic team at Wallop Island with highly skilled and dedicated Engineers.

Summary:

Under limited supervision, this position is primarily responsible for engineering design, construction, supervision, operation, and maintenance of Civil, Structural, and Environmental systems; including but not limited to, roads, structures, stormwater, and hydraulic systems.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

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

  • Analyze survey reports, maps, and other data to plan projects.
  • Consider construction costs, government regulations, potential environmental hazards, and other factors in planning stages and risk analysis.
  • Compile data and prepare permit applications to local, state, and federal agencies verifying that projects comply with various regulations.
  • Analyze soil testing to determine the adequacy and strength of foundations.
  • Select construction materials, such as concrete, asphalt, or steel, for use in particular projects.
  • Provide cost estimates for materials, equipment, and/or labor to determine a project’s economic feasibility.
  • Use design software to plan and design transportation systems, hydraulic systems, and structures in line with industry and government standards
  • Develop technical documentation, such as, drawings, specifications, engineering analyses, bidding documentation, project reports, scope of work, white papers, guidelines, reports, and public presentations.
  • Manage the repair, maintenance, and replacement of public and private infrastructure
  • Assist other project managers, engineers, and technical staff on major projects, providing necessary management and support to assure technical, cost, and schedule deliverables.
  • Assist other project managers, engineers, and technical staff on applications for federal, state, and/or local grant applications. This may include research, writing, and data compilation.
  • Work directly with the customer, NASA staff, support contractors, and Virginia Space management/technical staff to ensure all projects are completed according to mission requirements.
  • Responsible for managing the Virginia Space construction project management software platform, ensuring that all construction related communication between internal and external parties is adequately facilitated and executed to support project timelines. Such communication includes but is not limited to Requests for Information (RFI), submittals, transmittals, drawing/specifications, and daily construction logs.
  • Provide periodic training on the Virginia Space construction project management software platform to both internal and external parties to ensure proficiency amongst all project stakeholders.
  • Ensure all relevant plans, specifications, safety policies, and environmental procedures are implemented and followed throughout entire span of project to ensure compliance and satisfaction with all Virginia Space customers.
  • Identify project scope and the method of construction required for a project in order to develop detailed cost breakdowns and estimates.
  • Generate project activity schedules, track activity progress against schedule, develop cost budgets for projects, track project costs, ensure performance and quality metrics are met, and provide reports to the Assigned Supervisor.
  • Conduct frequent field inspections and reviews of project activities to assess conformance with design and operational requirements and to identify deficiencies. Make formal reports of findings for inspections and reviews to the Assigned Supervisor and/or NASA project manager.
  • Maintain seamless lines of communication with all project stakeholders to complete tasks on-time, within budget, and within scope.
  • Develop, maintain, and report technical performance metrics which effectively measure the level of performance in the execution of all directed tasks.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Experience:

  • Engineering: A minimum of three (3) years of related engineering work experience with at least one (1) year of experience as engineer responsible for project management.
  • Experience with the following software or equivalent alternate: AutoCAD, Solid-works, RISA-3D, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Project.

Education:

  • B.S. in Engineering (Civil, Structural, or Environmental) or related field with equivalent experience (Required) 10 years total equivalent work experience may substitute degree.

 

 

HVAC/PNEUMATIC SYSTEMS TECHNICIAN

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.

MARS is seeking an HVAC/Pneumatic Systems Technician to join our dynamic team at Wallop Island with highly skilled and dedicated Technical Team.

Summary:

Under limited supervision, this position is primarily responsible for performing essential duty satisfactorily. Install, operates and performs maintenance on all types of domestic and commercial heating, and ventilation systems, etc.

 

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. 5 – 7 years of work experience.

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!

 

 

PAD SYSTEMS SUPERVISOR

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.

MARS is seeking a Pad Systems Supervisor to join our dynamic team at Wallop Island with highly skilled and dedicated Technical Team.

Summary:

Under limited supervision, this position is responsible for providing technical expertise, direct support, and training on all Pad systems, as well as overseeing facility upgrades and improvements, maintenance, repairs, system operations, field documentation, and ground support equipment operations

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

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

  • Performs and provides field direction for mechanical maintenance, alteration, and repair tasks on the Fluid Ground Support Equipment (FGSE).
  • Provides field direction for the operation of FGSE in accordance with approved operating procedures including the performance of valve line-ups, replenishment of FGSE storage vessels, monitoring of storage levels, maintaining system and area cleanliness, oversees the execution of system Lock Out/Tag Out as directed, and supporting FGSE fluid and gas sampling.
  • Prepares quality, safety, and procedural documentation for operational and maintenance/repair activities.
  • Supports and provides field direction for the preparation of the launch pads and pad system for vehicle roll-out/stacking, including supervision of Red Team activities.
  • Oversees and provides field direction for post-launch damage and readiness assessments, launch pad securing and cleanup.
  • Oversees and provides field direction for the operation of ground support equipment, including fork-lifts, man-lifts, boom-lifts, and tow tractors.
  • Ensures completion of tasks safely, efficiently, and in accordance with MARS safety, quality, and management policies and directives.
  • Promotes adherence to policies and directives.
  • Trains, supports, and supervises all MARS Technicians.
  • Manages timecards, time off and shift assignments to support schedule up to and thru launch countdown.
  • Identifies and assigns collateral duties to all technicians.
  • Attends formal training as directed to pursue required certifications.
  • Drives a culture that emphasizes teamwork, safety, efficiency and 100% system reliability.
  • Prepares and maintains training packages and courseware on all pad systems.
  • Provides troubleshooting and problem-solving repair methods, and pad enhancement recommendations to the Engineering team.
  • Appoints pad system leads.
  • Acts as a mentor providing leadership guidance and continuous competency improvements.
  • Serves as a member of the NASA Incident Response Team.

 

Supervisory Responsibilities

This role supervises the Technicians, mission critical activities including as well as external support contractors and project support associates, and other internal and external employees.

  • Analytical - Synthesizes complex or diverse information. Collects and researches data. Uses intuition and experience to complement data. Designs workflows and procedures. Displays original thinking and creativity. Meets challenges with resourcefulness. Generates suggestions for improving work. Develops innovative approaches and ideas. Presents ideas and information in a manner that gets others' attention.
  • Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner. Gathers and analyzes information skillfully. Develops alternative solutions. Works well in group problem solving situations. Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
  • Technical Skills - Assesses own strengths and weaknesses. Pursues training and development opportunities. Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills. Shares expertise with others.
  • Customer Service - Manages difficult or emotional customer situations. Responds promptly to customer needs. Solicits customer feedback to improve service. Responds to requests for service and assistance. Meets commitments.
  • Interpersonal Skills - Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming. Maintains confidentiality. Listens to others without interrupting. Keeps emotions under control. Remains open to others' ideas and tries new things.
  • Oral Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations. Listens and gets clarification. Responds well to questions. Demonstrates group presentation skills. Participates in meetings.
  • Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively. Edits work for spelling and grammar. Varies writing style to meet needs. Presents numerical data effectively. Able to read and interpret written information.
  • Teamwork - Balances team and individual responsibilities. Exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views. Gives and welcomes feedback. Contributes to building a positive team spirit. Puts success of team above own interests. Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives. Supports everyone's efforts to succeed. Treats people with respect. Keeps commitments. Inspires the trust of others. Works with integrity and ethically. Upholds organizational values.
  • Change Management - Develops workable implementation plans. Communicates changes effectively. Builds commitment and overcomes resistance. Prepares and supports those affected by change. Monitors transition and evaluates results.
  • Delegation - Delegates work assignments. Matches the responsibility to the person. Gives authority to work independently. Sets expectations and monitors delegated activities. Provides recognition for results.
  • Leadership - Exhibits confidence in self and others. Inspires and motivates others to perform well. effectively influences actions and opinions of others. Accepts feedback from others. Gives appropriate recognition to others.
  • Managing People - Includes staff in planning, decision-making, facilitating and process improvement. Takes responsibility for subordinates' activities. Makes self-available to staff. Provides regular performance feedback. Develops subordinates' skills and encourages growth. Solicits and applies customer feedback (internal and external). Fosters quality focus in others. Improves processes, products and services. Continually works to improve supervisory skills.
  • Quality Management - Looks for ways to improve and promote quality. Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness. Applies feedback to improve performance. Monitors own work to ensure quality.
  • Business Acumen - Understands business implications of decisions. Displays orientation to profitability. Demonstrates knowledge of market and competition. Aligns work with strategic goals. Works within approved budget. Develops and implements cost saving measures. Contributes to profits and revenue. Conserves organizational resources.
  • Strategic Thinking - Develops strategies to achieve organizational goals. Understands organization's strengths & weaknesses. Identifies external threats and opportunities. Adapts strategy to changing conditions.
  • Judgment - Displays willingness to make decisions. Exhibits sound and accurate judgment. Supports and explains reasoning for decisions. Includes appropriate people in decision-making process. Makes timely decisions.
  • Motivation and Initiative - Sets and achieves challenging goals. Demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles. Measures self against standard of excellence. Takes calculated risks to accomplish goals. Undertakes self-development activities. Seeks increased responsibilities. Takes independent actions and calculated risks. Looks for and takes advantage of opportunities. Asks for and offers help when needed.
  • Planning/Organizing - Prioritizes and plans work activities. Uses time efficiently. Plans for additional resources. Sets goals and objectives. Organizes or schedules other people and their tasks. Develops realistic action plans.
  • Professionalism - Approaches others in a tactful manner. Reacts well under pressure. Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position. Accepts responsibility for own actions. Follows through on commitments.
  • Safety and Security - Observes safety and security procedures. Determines appropriate action beyond guidelines. Reports potentially unsafe conditions. Uses equipment and materials properly.
  • Adaptability - Adapts to changes in the work environment. Manages competing demands. Changes approach or method to best fit the situation. Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.
  • Dependability - Follows instructions, responds to management direction. Takes responsibility for own actions. Keeps commitments. Commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals. Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan. Ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent. Arrives at meetings and appointments on time.
  • 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.
  • Must have or possess the ability to obtain certification as a NASA Level 2  and Level 3 High Pressure Operator. 
  • Must have formal training and certification for operation of fork-lifts, scissor man-lifts, and boom-lifts.
  • In-depth knowledge of advanced mechanical systems and devices including their principles of operation and functional design. 
  • Skilled, proficient and able to direct others in the proper use of hand and power tools (including torque wrenches, precision measuring devices) and maintenance support equipment (vacuum and pressure pumps, jacks and lifting devices, safety equipment, access equipment) used in the operation, maintenance, alteration, and repair of pneumatic, cryogenic, hydraulic, HVAC, and other liquids, and control systems.

 

Education and/or Experience

Bachelor’s Degree or an Associate’s Degree with five years of experience with formal training and certifications for pressure system maintenance and operation, as well as strong experience in cryogenic, pneumatic, fuel, control, structural, HVAC, component maintenance/rebuild, and fluid/hydraulic systems. High school or GED equivalent and ten years of experience in with formal training and certifications for pressure system maintenance and operation, as well as strong experience in cryogenic, pneumatic, fuel, control, vacuum, structural, HVAC, component maintenance/rebuild, and fluid/hydraulic 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!

 

 

SENIOR MECHANICAL ENGINEER

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.

MARS is seeking a Sr. Mechanical Engineer to join our dynamic team at Wallop Island with highly skilled and dedicated Technical Team.

Summary:

Under limited supervision, 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 7 – 10 years of experience as engineer. Practical work experience with space launch systems with and experience in space launch operations management.

 

 

SYSTEMS MAINTENANCE ENGINEER/MANAGER

 

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.

MARS is seeking a Systems Maintenance Engineer/Manager to join our dynamic team at Wallop Island with highly skilled and dedicated Technical Team.

Summary:

Under limited supervision, this position is primarily responsible for oversees performance of 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 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.

Qualification:

  • 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 basic mechanical systems and devices including their principles of operation.
  • Must be skilled in the use of hand and power tools (including torque wrenches, precision measuring devices) and maintenance support equipment (vacuum and pressure pumps, jacks and lifting devices, access equipment) used in the operation, maintenance, alteration, and repair of pneumatic, cryogenic, hydraulic, HVAC, Fuel, and other control systems.
  • 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 systems.
  • Must be able to understand, follow, and promote OSHA safety guidelines and requirements in the workplace.

Education and/or Experience

Bachelor’s Degree in engineering or Associates with 5 years of experience of direct, practical work experience in the performance of operations, maintenance, alteration, and repair of complex mechanical fluid/hydraulic, cryogenic, fuel, pressure systems, structural maintenance, corrosion control, and HVAC systems.