Stratolaunch, LLC Composite Fabricator in Mojave, California
NOTE: This is a 6-month contract position
Stratolaunch is developing an air-launch platform to contribute to high-speed research and development. The goal of Stratolaunch is to use the air-launch platform for enabling technologies that may not exist otherwise. Stratolaunch has the potential for creating technology development opportunities for commercial, philanthropic, and governmental organizations to collect rich and actionable data and drive advancements in science, research, and technology.
The individual operating in this capacity will be responsible for the fabrication of composite structure and installation and maintenance of carrier aircraft systems and components. As Stratolaunch expands our program base this person may be tasked to other, new projects and in the development vehicles requiring the skills, knowledge and abilities utilized on this current project.
Fabrication, installation and maintenance of carrier aircraft systems, composites, and components Including but not limited to:
Fabrication and layup of composite part fab and assembly using wet lay-up and pre-preg lay-up processes
Dry fit, sub-assembly, as well as integration of aircraft components
May require hand sanding of composite surfaces, as well as the use of various hand tools including but not limited to air saws, angle grinders, sanding blocks, drill motors, etc.
Proper Bagging of parts to be put under vacuum to join plies and in some cases to ensure parts conform to the required tooling during cure cycles
Operating Knowledge of curing composite parts in ovens and maintaining and monitoring of cure cycles
Able to Identify defects and notify shop leadership when defects are detected
Maintain assigned work areas in a safe, clean and organized fashion
Interpret and work in accordance with written work instructions, technical manuals, engineering drawings, blueprints, schematics, etc.
Operate related ground handling equipment as needed such as scissor lifts and forklifts utilized to work on and service the aircraft
Able and willing to work at heights above the ground 15ft or higher from scaffolding and scissor lifts, as well as able to work at heights greater than 20ft that require the proper use of a lanyard, harness, and tie off procedures
Able and willing to work in a confined space if needed roughly 4’x’4
1-3+ years of experience in Composite airframe and structure fabrication, installation and maintenance preferred
A strong understanding of the importance of FOD control and tool control
Detail-oriented – strong attention to detail
Knowledge of lean manufacturing philosophies and tools a plus.
Personnel safety mentality – not just work safely, but promote a culture of safety
Honesty, responsibility, accuracy, integrity and fulfillment of commitments
Ability to problem solve and adapt quickly to changing priorities
Ability to work independently, responsible, take the initiative
Ability to bend, stoop, and kneel as well as able to handle items weighing up to 50 lbs.
Willing to work Overtime when needed, staggered shifts, weekends, etc.
Other duties as determined/assigned by shop leadership
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
Current A & P license a plus, 3+ years of composite aircraft structure fabrication and assembly preferred
Experience with high temperature materials such as BMI resins, titanium, and high temperature epoxys are a plus
Experience with high tolerance assembly tecniques, include laser metrology, precision tooling and jigging is a plus
Application, repair and replacement of thermal protection system materials is a plus
Special remarks regarding work environment, if applicable
This position is located in Mojave, Ca.
This position may require travel to offsite locations depending on aircraft dispatch location
Applicants must be a US citizen or Green Card holder to be considered for this role.
Stratolaunch is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at our company. We encourage people from all walks of life to apply, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law. Our management team does not tolerate discrimination or harassment at any point during our employees’ and applicants’ time with us, especially with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities, and general treatment during employment.
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Job Category: Operations