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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.

 

Operations and Maintenance Manager

VCSFA is seeking a high energy Operations & Maintenance Manager with responsibility for all activities as required to keep MARS facilities and support teams at an operationally ready state, including: Launch Pads, Payload Processing Facility (PPF), Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Airfield and other support facilities. The O&M Manager is responsible for the coordination and execution of Integrated Launch Vehicle (ILV) operational processes.  The Operations and Maintenance Manager will ensure compliance to MARS Policy/Procedures, Customer Requirements, and Regulatory Standards.

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

  • Manage personnel training program requirements, provide verification of personnel readiness for operation.
  • Provide recommendations to ensure staffing plans and development are aligned with the organization’s operational commitments and strategic plan.
  • Coach, support and motivate to maintain a high performing team.
  • Establish and execute all operation plans including material, manufacturing and integration and test activities.
  • Coordinate and manage ILV level operation work flows to ensure mission milestones are met.
  • Maintain operational constraints document; review and coordinate technical support to disposition constraints to near term and long-range program milestones.
  • Assist and improve processes, tools, documentation and management techniques to maximize engineering process execution excellence and quality.
  • Provide liaison support between Launch Service Provider and MARS O&M personnel with regard to technical manpower support and priorities.
  • Collaborate with design engineering to resolve technical issues related to MARS operations and maintenance.
  • Manage budgets, cost, schedule and resources to effectively meet organizational goals and customer requirements as required.
  • Lead mission management functions including direct customer interface & represent VCSFA/MARS and present deliverables at program technical reviews, proposal reviews or other technical meetings.
  • Manage and support contracts as necessary to execute all responsibilities described above including oversite of UAV airfield operational support contract.

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 from an accredited college or university with major studies in engineering or science or 20 years directly related to operations and maintenance of aerospace, chemical processing, pressure systems, or similar operations environment.  Advanced Degree in administration or engineering desired. A minimum of ten years of direct, practical work experience with space launch systems with five years of that experience in space launch operations management.

Benefits Package:

  • Medical Insurance - 100% of the premium cost for employee coverage paid by Authority; 50% of the premium cost for dependent coverage paid by Authority.
  • Dental Insurance - 100% of the premium cost for employee coverage paid by Authority; 50% of the premium cost for dependent coverage paid by Authority.
  • Vision Care Insurance - 100% of the premium cost for employee and dependent coverage paid by Authority.
  • Life and AD&D Insurance (two times annual salary with $200,000.00 maximum coverage) 100% of the premium cost for employee coverage paid by Authority; additional employee and dependent life insurance may be purchased at the employee's expense.
  • Short Term and Long-term Disability Insurance - 100% of the premium cost for employee coverage paid by Authority.
  • 11% of Salary contributed directly into the VCSFA 401(a) Tax Sheltered Retirement Plan, beginning 90 days from initial hire date. Upon hire, employee may elect to make additional optional pre-tax contributions to the 457 Deferred Compensation Plan.
  • Holidays — Nominally twelve (12) days, may vary by year.
  • Personal Time Off (PTO) — 27 days of paid time off per year, accrued on a per pay period basis; PTO increases with length of service.

Interested candidates, please send your resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Project Manager - Construction

VCSFA / Mars has a project-oriented management position that oversees and coordinates VCSFA projects that include construction projects for the expansion, improvement, and major modifications to MARS infrastructure, launch vehicle and spacecraft integration with the MARS infrastructure, and cradle to grave coordination of permits and approvals for assigned projects.  Responsible to the Assigned Supervisor. for overall project management related to cost, schedule and performance of assigned projects.  Responsible for compliance with applicable licenses, regulations, and directives in the conduct of assigned projects.  Position requires a strong, technically orientated construction and operations management background with a focus on space launch vehicles/spacecraft and space launch ground systems.  Works directly with customer, support contractors, and VCSFA technical and management staff in a team environment to ensure the delivery of projects on-time, within cost budgets, and quality and performance requirements.

Performs as the main point of contact for inter-launch range and launch customer interactions coordinating timely responses to customer needs and requests for assistance with launch vehicle and spacecraft processing and integration.

Manage, coordinate, and oversee projects for the expansion, improvement, and major modification of MARS infrastructure.

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.

Manage and coordinate obtaining all required permits and approvals for the conduct of assigned projects and ensure compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and directives in the conduct of those projects.

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.

Responsible for the completion of assigned projects safely and efficiently within allocated budget/schedule in accordance with VCSFA/MARS safety, quality assurance, cleanliness, and certification policies and requirements.

Must be able to develop and present PowerPoint presentations on projects. Must be able to maintain mental clarity and efficiency in work in a stressful aerospace/ construction 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.

Associates or Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with major studies in project management, public administration, business, engineering or science.  Advanced Degree or credentials in project management or public administration is desired but not required.  An additional 4 years relevant experience my substitute for the degree requirement.

Analytical and management skills applied to the control of projects.  Knowledge of commercial construction codes and requirements; and skilled in the reading and interpretation of engineering and construction drawings, specifications, and blueprints is preferred. In-depth knowledge and skills in project cost estimation, cost tracking, cost reporting, schedule development, schedule tracking, schedule reporting, and critical path analysis. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

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!

Interested candidates, please send your resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Software & Controls Engineer

VCSFA is seeking a high energy Software & Controls Engineer working with supervision, with general direction and oversight, this position is primarily responsible for supporting the customer, support contractors and VCSFA technical staff in a team environment.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

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

  • Work directly with customer, support contractors, and VCSFA technical staff in a team environment.
  • Design, program, simulate and test launch pad systems and processes
  • LabVIEW development for data acquisition and real-time control
  • Develop high level control system architectures
  • Integrated system testing
  • Remote and on-site troubleshooting
  • Test planning and execution
  • Development and implementation of Graphical User Interfaces (GUI) and Human Machine Interfaces (HMI)
  • Supporting engineering documentation and reporting
  • Software design documentation & operating guides in accordance with company practices
  • Control systems documentation including but not limited to functional descriptions, logic diagrams, sequence of operations and software specifications
  • Develop systems and processes for requirements gathering and verification for instrumentation and control systems
  • Hardware selection, integration, wiring and programming
  • Develop technical road-maps and project schedules
  • Mentor junior engineers

Qualification

  • 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.
  • 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 general engineering background.
  • Experience with pneumatic, cryogenic, hydraulic and other liquid, and control systems preferred.
  • Must effectively demonstrate the ability to create plans, establish priorities and allocate resources to achieve a specific objective.

Education and/or Experience

Bachelor’s Degree in engineering or a related field (physics, chemistry, biomechanics) from an accredited college or university. Related work experience preferred (e.g. student intern positions, summer job experience or college co-op programs)

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!

Interested candidates, please send your resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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.