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Virgin Galactic www.VirginGalactic.com is on track to become the world’s first privately funded commercial space line. It is dedicated to becoming a world leader in sub-orbital commercial space tourism and small satellite launch services with a longer term vision to develop other space technologies that have the potential to open space to significantly more people and users.  If you are looking for a challenging opportunity that will ignite your passion for designing cool and innovative products, are exceptionally creative, are a great problem solver and can make things happen - apply today!


Position Summary

Virgin Galactic (VG) www.VirginGalactic.com is seeking a Senior HITL Test Engineer. This position will be responsible for the design, development, and verification of Hardware-In-The-Loop (HITL) testing all of the avionics components (including valves and regulators) on LauncherOne. This role is for a hands-on person with great attention to detail and excellent people skills. This is a full-time position at Virgin Galactic’s aerospace facility in Long Beach, California.



  • Provide extensive engineering expertise in the area of the design, development, verification and operation of HITL test systems to support the production verification of avionics components and systems, and their qualification for our launch vehicles.
  • Develop verification plans (including test plans and test procedures) that will support launch vehicle qualification, production test, verification, mission simulation and fault handling needs.
  • Develop software infrastructure for automated production test and simulated mission testing.


Basic Qualifications

  • BS in Electrical, Computer, Aerospace or comparable Engineering in a related field
  • 5+ years of experience in test, hardware simulators or system level simulation
  • 5+ years of direct HITL engineering test experience
  • National Instruments LabVIEW experience
  • National Instruments PXI Hardware experience
  • 5+ years of design experience with respect to test racks (electrical and mechanical)
  • Extensive understanding of instrumentation, interfaces and sensors including DMMs, DAQ, Power Supplies, Oscilloscopes, and other lab equipment
  • Working knowledge of communication protocols and instrumentation hardware abstraction layers such as GPIB, Ethernet, RS-232, RS-422, RS-485, UDP, IVI, DAQmx, NI-Switch.
  • Hands-on hardware integration experience including installation of components and harness, and troubleshooting components, harnesses and sensors (including acceleration, pressure, acoustic, strain, position and thermal sensors)
  • Proficiency developing hardware and software test architectures and frameworks for increased efficiency and reliability, experienced with integrated hardware/software system test methodologies
  • Understanding and experience in environmental testing such as vibration, shock, vacuum and thermal.
  • Experience with Source Code Control.

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Extensive proven National Instruments LabVIEW experience (Certified LabVIEW Architect)
  • Experience using Unigraphics NX, CATIA, SolidWorks, Pro-E or other 3D CAD modelling program.
  • Familiar with wire harness routing design within a 2D or 3D CAD environment
  • Ability to communicate across all levels and disciplines
  • Experience with a defect tracking database
  • Experience with a version control system

Physical and/or Additional Requirements


ITAR Requirements

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by ITAR (22 CFR §120.15) or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.


Personal Requirements

The Virgin Galactic organization has a relaxed and informal culture that encourages individuality and innovation.  You will be motivated, enterprising and enthusiastic.  Company culture is such that you need to be able to “check your ego at the door,” be a self-starter and possess a sense of humility.  You will work well under commercial pressure and thrive on being given challenges and responsibility.  You will communicate clearly and be confident and persuasive. You will have a high level of integrity and understand the need of complete confidentiality.


Virgin Galactic is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with Virgin Galactic is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.


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