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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.

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.

 

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:

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

  • 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, technician 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, develop and maintains an in-depth technical resource on the assigned system(s).
  • Continuously develops an advanced understanding of the launch pad systems.
  • 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
  • Other duties as assigned.

 

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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • 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.
  • Must be a US citizen.
     

Education and/or Experience:

Bachelor’s degree in engineering or a related field from an ABET accredited college or university. Advanced engineering degree desired. A minimum of seven (7) to ten (10) years of experience as engineer. 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.   

Job Type: Full-Time
Reports To: Director of Operations (Dan Givens)

 

 

Fluids and Piping Design 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 Fluids and Piping Design 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 administration, and testing of Fluid systems including pneumatics, cryogenic, fuels, water, and hydraulic systems.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

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

  • Develop technical documentation, such as, drawings, specifications, engineering analyses, bidding documentation, project reports, scope of work, white papers, guidelines, reports, and public presentations.
  • Use design software to plan and design fluid and piping systems in line with industry and government standards including ASME (particularly B31.3), NBIC, NFPA, AWWA, etc.
  • Select construction materials for use in particular projects, and provide cost estimates for materials, equipment, and/or labor to determine a project’s economic feasibility.
  • 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.
  • Assist other project managers, engineers, and technical staff on major projects, providing technical support as necessary.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Perform data analysis and troubleshooting of systems as needed during initial activation activities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Experience:

  • Engineering: A minimum of three (3) years of related engineering work experience.
  • Experience with drafting and analysis software, including, the following software or equivalent alternate: AutoCAD, Solid-works, MatLab, Aft Arrow, Microsoft Office Suite, and Microsoft Project.

Education:

  • B.S. in Engineering (Mechanical, Chemical, or other discipline with fluids concentration) or related field with equivalent experience (Required) 10 years total equivalent work experience may substitute degree.

 

 

Senior Technician

 

Summary:

This position is primarily responsible for providing general and specific mechanical services and support including facility upgrades and improvements, maintenance, repairs, system operations support, field documentation support, and ground support equipment operations support.  Areas of mechanical support may include cryogenic, pneumatic, fuel, control, structural, HVAC, and fluid/hydraulic systems. Position requires a strong mechanical technician background and experience with formal training and certifications for pressure system maintenance and operation.

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Core duties and responsibilities include the following.

  • Perform and provide field direction for mechanical maintenance, alteration, and repair tasks on the VCSFA/MARS mechanical and Fluid Ground Support Equipment (FGSE).
  • Operate and provide field direction for the operation of 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.
  • Prepare quality, safety, and procedural documentation for operational and maintenance/repair activities.  Assist the Field Supervisor/Foreman in ensuring all required documentation is properly prepared and distributed.
  • Support and provide field direction for the preparation of the VCSFA/MARS launch pads and pad system for launch vehicle roll-out/Stacking and launch.
  • Support and provide field direction for post-launch damage and readiness assessments, launch pad securing and cleanup.
  • Attend formal training as directed to pursue required certifications.
  • Operate and provide field direction for the operation of 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 VCSFA/MARS Safety, Quality, and Management Policies and Directives.  Promote adherence to Policies and Directives.
  • Other duties as assigned.

 

Supervisory Responsibilities:

When directed, can provide guidance and direction to MARS Technician I and II personnel and contractor support personnel.

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.

  • 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, access equipment) used in the operation, maintenance, alteration, and repair of pneumatic, cryogenic, hydraulic, HVAC, and other liquid, and control systems.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports for maintenance and operational documentation.
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
  • Must possess the aptitude and ability to achieve advanced formal certification for the operation of various ground support equipment through formal training.
  • Must possess the aptitude and ability to achieve advanced formal certification for the operation and maintenance of high-pressure systems.
  • Must be able to work well with others to promote productivity in the workplace.
  • Must be able to understand, follow, and promote OSHA safety guidelines and requirements in the workplace.
  • Exercise of sound judgment is required as are honesty and integrity in the performance of work.
  • Requires use of written procedures/directives and applied mechanical techniques to perform assigned tasks.  Assists in the planning of work.  Executes assigned tasks with little supervision.
  • Must be a US citizen.

 

Education and/or Experience:

High school diploma is required.  Technical training from an accredited training school or military service school is preferred. At least ten (10) years 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.  Must have or possess the ability to obtain certification as a NASA Level 2 High Pressure Operator.  Must have formal training and certification for operation of fork-lifts, scissor man-lifts, and boom-lifts.

 

Job Type: Full-Time

Reports To: Director of Operations (Dan Givens)

 

 

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