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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.

 

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.

 

Technician II

(2 Openings)

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 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. US Citizen Required.

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!

 

Project Manager I

At Virginia Space, we're working on solving the challenges that take us a step closer to our mission first, safety always the approach to successfully supporting our clients.

MARS is seeking a Project Manager I 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 in the following:

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead project stakeholders, engineers, and technical staff on a major project, providing necessary management and support to assure technical, cost, and schedule deliverables.
  • Work directly with the customer, support contractors, and Virginia Space management/technical staff to ensure all projects are completed according to mission requirements.
  • Ensure all plans, specifications, safety policies, and environmental procedures are implemented and followed throughout entire span of project to ensure compliance and satisfaction with all VCSFA customers.
  • Coordinate every logistical demand of the project to include manpower, equipment, and parts procurement.
  • 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.
  • 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, effectively measuring the level of performance in relation to project and mission objectives.
  • Continuously develop an advanced understanding of the operational systems as a whole and apply that knowledge to prevent unintended conflicts between existing systems and new projects.
  • Responsible for employing the MARS 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.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Education and Necessary Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree with a minimum of 2 years of experience in a related field.
  • 10 years’ experience may substitute bachelor’s degree requirement.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite is desired, specifically with Excel and Project programs.
  • Experience leading a major project from start to finish.
  • Experience participating/collaborating in fast-paced project team environment.
  • Applicant must have excellent oral and written communication skills and have the ability to effectively communicate with the customer as well as executive-level management.
  • Must be a self-starter and willing to take on challenges.

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!

 

Project Coordinator

 

At Virginia Space, we're working on solving the challenges that take us a step closer to our mission first, safety always the approach to successfully supporting our clients.

MARS is seeking a Project Coordinator 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 as outlined:

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist other project managers, engineers, and technical staff on projects, providing necessary management and support to assure technical, cost, and schedule deliverables to ensure all projects are completed according to mission requirements.
  • Maintain seamless lines of communication with all project stakeholders.
  • Assist in Coordination of project logistical demands including manpower, equipment, and parts procurement.
  • Assist in field inspections and reviews of project activities to assess conformance with design and operational requirements and to identify deficiencies utilizing plans, specifications, and internal policies and procedures. Make formal reports of findings for inspections and reviews to the Assigned Supervisor.
  • Using various Microsoft Office software platforms, assist in generating timely and quality monthly executive-level project reports and schedules for management review. Including, working in partnership with the Project and Finance/Accounting staff to accurately track and report on project activity schedules, activity progress against the schedule, cost budgets for projects, project actual costs, project technical performance, and quality metrics of the project.
  • Acts as the process administer for several internal programs. Responsible for understanding and directing adherence to processes, not technical content contained within that process. Must be capable of evaluating the process to determine efficiencies and interaction with organizational functions, as well as, developing and delivering training on the related process.
  • Maybe asked to assist in developing company branding, marketing, and promotional documentation or assisting in coordinating launch viewing and other local company events.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
     

Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree in a related field or Associate degree with a minimum of 2 years of experience in a related field or position.

Experience participating/collaborating in project team environment.

Experience with Microsoft Office Suite,

Experience with Microsoft Project or other scheduling software is desired.

Experience with using a corporate level accounting and/or procurement software program is desired.

Experience with navigating through the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) system.

Applicant must have excellent oral and written communication skills and have the ability to effectively communicate with the customer as well as executive-level management.

Must be a self-starter and willing to take on challenges.

 

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 Leader

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 Leader to join our dynamic team at Wallop Island with highly skilled and dedicated Technical Team.

Summary:

Under limited supervision, this position coordinates day-to-day operations and maintenance activities on the launch pads, ensures safety of personnel, equipment and efficient timely performance of pad activities.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

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

  • Coordinates and supports operational work activities related to launch pad operating, testing, maintenance procedures, and engineering work packages including those for hazardous operations.
  • Prepares and completed required documentation.
  • Position works directly with customer, support contractors, and VCSFA technical and management staff in a team environment to ensure the delivery of space launch capability from the VCSFA/MARS launch pads.
  • Reviews, revises, and creates procedures and timelines for pad preparations to support launch operations.
  • Coordinates with customer launch operations schedules and operations, providing timelines and de-conflicting customer operations with pad operations.
  • Coordinates efforts with various engineering and field operation teams to verify launch pad readiness documentation and perform procedures validating the launch pad for operations.
  • Oversees and tracks pad scheduling requirements of sequential and non-sequential pad activities and operations timelines.
  • Generates launch pad operational activity schedules and tracks operational activities with the MARS Pad Manager.
  • Conducts field inspections of launch pad systems to assess conformance with design parameters, operational requirements, and identify deficiencies; makes formal reports of findings for inspections and reviews to the MARS Pad Manager
  • Provide support for operations and deconfliction of jobs.
  • Support Pad Manager as alternate point of contact for inter-launch range activities, customer interactions and coordinating timely responses to customer needs and requests for assistance.

 

Supervisory Responsibilities

This role supervises processes involving day-to-day operations and mission critical activity support personnel including VCSFA employees, contractors, vendors, project support associates, and other internal and external employees.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.

  • 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 possess a technical operations background with a focus on space launch ground systems and directly related work experience.
  • Working knowledge and understanding of 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 preferred or equivalent college work, leadership experience. At least two years of direct, practical work experience with space launch systems.

Computer Skills

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have a basic or advanced knowledge of computerized equipment, basic computer skills and Microsoft applications including internet software. Spreadsheet software and Word Processing software.

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!

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.