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.
 

 

Project Financial Analyst

 

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 Financial Analyst 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 a major project, providing necessary support to ensure proper contract/procurement processes are followed with respect to federal and state acquisition regulations.
  • Act in partnership with the Contracts and Procurement Departments to ensure proper policy adherence by project management staff and provide assistance in contract/procurement execution.
  • Work in partnership with the Finance/Accounting staff to accurately report contract costs and develop forecasts, reports, and analysis for all assigned programs.
  • Using various Microsoft Office software platforms, assist in generating timely and quality monthly executive-level project reports and schedules for management review.
  • Using the MARS accounting software platform, analyze and generate financial reports for various projects in order to track cost and maintain budgetary requirements. 
  • Generate project activity schedules, track activity progress against schedule, develop cost budgets for projects, track project costs, and provide Estimate At Completion (EAC) and Estimate To Completion (ETC) reports to the Assigned Supervisor.
  • Maintain seamless lines of communication with all project stakeholders to complete tasks on-time and within budget.
  • Perform accurate and timely financial/administrative reporting. Develops, maintains, and reports technical performance metrics which effectively measure the level of performance in the execution of all directed tasks.
  • Evaluate processes within the Department, identify improvements, and recommend solutions to improve efficiency.
  • Oversee the set-up of charge/job codes within the time accounting system to ensure project staff can accurately report weekly labor charges.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

 

 

 

Education and Experience:

Associates degree with a minimum of 2 years of experience in a related field or position or 6 years’ experience in a related field or position

Experience participating and collaborating in a project team environment.

Experience with the Microsoft Office Suite, specifically with the Excel and Project programs.

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

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

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.

Applicant must be a self-starter, enthusiastic, and willing to take on challenges.

Applicant must have strong organizational skills and great attention to detail.

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.

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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)

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Project Engineer 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 Engineer 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.
  • Maintain seamless lines of communication with all project stakeholders to complete tasks on-time, within budget, and within scope.
  • Work directly with the customer, support contractors, and Virginia Space management/technical staff to ensure all projects are completed according to mission requirements.
  • Supports the planning and scheduling of multi-contract projects utilizing Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority (VCSFA) systems and an overall workload plan for the program portfolio.
  • Determines practices and methods in solving problems for unique situations in which precedents, protocols, and procedures are not written or have not been defined.
  • 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 personnel, equipment, and parts procurement.
  • 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/operational requirements and to identify deficiencies; make formal reports of findings for inspections and reviews to the Assigned Supervisor.
  • Assist in the development of 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.
  • 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.
  • Supervises and conducts the development and maintenance of operational system parameters related to system operational requirements.  Conduct field inspections and reviews of operational systems to assess conformance with design and operational requirements. 
  • 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 (CC) and Design Reviews, provides input on engineering processes, develops and maintains an in-depth technical resource on the assigned system(s).
  • Ensures adherence to processes for completing 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.
  • Attends formal training as needed to pursue required certifications.
  • 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 (Engineering, Physics, Environmental Science, or related field of study)
  • 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!

VCSFA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, and encourages Women, Minorities, Individuals with Disabilities, and protected Veterans.

 

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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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Quality & Safety Regulatory Specialist

 

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

 

Summary

The Quality & Safety Specialist is a hands-on professional position responsible for safety and quality policy implementation at MARS operational facilities. This position is responsible for coordinating all Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) operational safety functions and ensuring compliance with all local, NASA, state and federal guidelines related to ground and flight safety, Export Administration Requirements (EAR), and International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).  This position is responsible for maintaining all FAA licenses related to Spaceport operations and coordinating compliance of customer FAA license requirements as required. This position supports Spaceport management in application of EAR/ITAR requirements related to all Spaceport operations.

 

Specific Duties

  • Provide input and assist in development of:
    • FAA licensing requirements pertaining to FAA licensing for the Spaceport and monitoring commercial launch customer requirements for compliance with FAA requirements
    • Assisting in the development of safety contingency plans (fires, spills, etc.)
    • Generating reports and findings from accident investigations and facilities inspections
    • Maintaining records associated with FAA and ITAR/EAR requirements
    • Training personnel in EAR/ITAR requirements
    • Developing and monitoring site specific safety policies, ensuring compliance with local, state, and federal regulations; to include all processes as outlined by the OSHA, the FAA, and NASA Safety
  • Review documentation, including but not limited to hazardous procedures, for safety approval as required.
  • Coordinate with MARS Management to resolve operational safety related concerns and to support continuous improvement.
  • Conduct field audits, inspect facilities, machinery, and safety equipment in order to identify and correct potential hazards and non-compliant conditions.
  • Provide working solutions to issues that occur in the field to enable work to be continued quickly and safely.
  • Work directly with customers and technical field staff in a team environment.
  • Other duties as assigned.

 

 

 

Education Required

Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited college or university is desired. In lieu of formal education, a minimum of 8 years of direct, practical work experience with technical operations related to aerospace facilities; five years of that experience in safety and operations management. 

Experience with hazardous launch pad systems, including pneumatic, cryogenic, hydrocarbon, and electrical operations, is desired.

This Position has no direct reports.

 

Physical Demands

  • Typically, the work may be performed sitting down. No special physical demands are required. There may be walking, standing, bending, and carrying of light items such as paper, books, small equipment and supplies.
  • Work requires some moderate physical exertion such as periods or standing, walking over rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces, recurring bending, crouching, stooping, stretching reaching or lifting of moderately heavy items (10-25 lbs.).  Work requires considerable and strenuous physical exertion such as frequent climbing, lifting heavy objects over 50 pounds, crouching, or crawling in restricted areas.

 

Working Conditions 

  • Work environment involves significant risks with exposure to potentially dangerous or extremely adverse conditions which require a range of safety and other precautions, e.g., field work from boats and research vessels, exposure to tropical diseases, travel to remote areas.

 

VCSFA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, and encourages Women, Minorities, Individuals with Disabilities, and protected Veterans.

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