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Stratolaunch, LLC Engineering Technician II, Thermal Protection System in Mojave, California


Stratolaunch is a technology accelerator that engineers operationally realistic testing at Mach 5+. Our air-launched, Talon testbeds are reusable, cost-effective platforms that enable routine access to the hypersonic environment. We deliver flight data critical to validating system performance and achieving rapid technology deployment. Together with our customers, we drive innovations that are imperative to advancing national security.

To help achieve these efforts, Stratolaunch is seeking an Engineering Technician II for the Thermal Protection System (TPS) of hypersonic flight vehicles. This position includes continued development and implementation, as well as process improvement, for laying out thermal materials, designing the components, and attachment methods. As a Thermal Protection Engineering Technician, you are responsible for contributing to the vehicle’s technical performance, including meeting design and mission requirements, resolving technical challenges, and implementing technology upgrades that improve the competitive basis of the Stratolaunch architecture.


  • Lead the integration of the Thermal Protection System onto the high speed vehicle

  • Participate in the thermal system detailed design and lead the layout of the Thermal Protection System components, leading to release of Engineering definition and work orders

  • Design various secondary/support structure for mounting the Thermal Protection System on the high speed vehicle

  • Perform bench tests, as required, to define the optimal installation methods for thermal materials

  • Work closely with the thermal analyst to implement material systems that meet project objectives

  • Collaborate with the shop to properly install the thermal materials in order to meet vehicle requirements

  • Resolve technical challenges, as they arise, for the high speed vehicle and its integration with the carrier aircraft

  • Evaluate risks and develop risk mitigation plans for the Thermal Protection System

  • Regular and comprehensive communication to project leads

  • Contribute to the integration of complex aerospace systems

  • Travel, as needed, to support the company

  • Demonstrate honesty, responsibility, integrity and fulfillment of commitments


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.

Required Qualifications & Skills

  • Knowledge of, and experience with, one or more of these disciplines: high temperature materials, structures, composites, mechanical systems, aircraft systems, aircraft operations

  • Significant hands-on aircraft build experience

  • Experience with composite manufacturing

  • Experience with technical aerospace leadership, including working with sub-contractors

  • Facilitation skills and ability to communicate technical challenges and guidance to varied audiences to present technical solutions and resolve questions

  • Ability to work on their own initiative and prioritize tasking to fit within the business goals

  • Complex aerospace system development

  • Ability to quickly adapt to changing priorities

  • 3D CAD experience

  • U.S. Person

Preferred Qualifications & Skills

  • Direct experience with high temperature materials

  • Flight test experience

  • Experience with high speed aircraft

  • Experience with air-launch programs

  • Security clearance

  • CAD (CATIA, Solidworks)

  • MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PPT, Visio)

  • U.S. Citizen


  • Bachelor’s degree (B.S.) from accredited institution OR equivalent combination of education and experience

Special remarks regarding work environment, if applicable

  • Position based in Mojave, CA.

  • Travel estimated to be <5%

Benefits and our location:

  • $37.00-$47.00 Hourly

  • Relocation eligible to local office/facility area within CA

  • 9/80 schedule

  • Healthcare (medical, dental, vision, prescription drugs)

  • Paid Maternity and Parental Leave up to 16 weeks

  • 50% company match per contributed dollar into 401(k) savings plan, up to the IRS annual limit

  • Tuition reimbursement for continued education

Mojave Air & Spaceport is located 95 miles north of Los Angeles. To outsiders it may seem like it is the middle-of-nowhere, but it offers both affordability and central access to a variety of California’s best attractions and landmarks. Hikers will find themselves within a 2-3 hours distance of some of the best state and national parks, including Yosemite and Sequoia in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Skiers will delight in being closely distanced to world-class resorts at Mammoth Mountain, Mountain High, and Big Bear. Beachgoers can find plenty of sand, sun, and sunsets at both Southern and Central California beaches like Ventura, Huntington, Santa Monica, and Pismo. The area also offers plenty of rural area for off-roading and horseback riding enthusiasts.

Not much for the outdoors and prefer the city life? You’re within a half day’s drive or less of Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas, and San Francisco where you can find a variety of live entertainment, museums, tours, and historical sight-seeing. Theme parks are in abundance, with Six Flags Magic Mountain, Disneyland, and Knotts Berry Farm ready to meet the needs of rollercoaster thrill seekers.

Food and drink fanatics are in a haven of delectable choices. Wine aficionados will also find easy access to some of the state’s best vino in Paso Robles, Santa Ynez, and even more locally in Tehachapi and Agua Dulce. Beer fanatics will find some of the best West Coast IPAs at Bravery and Lucky Luke’s in Lancaster. Any food option you crave is covered, and we always recommend the authentic and fresh Mexican food that you won’t find anywhere else in the United States.

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: Engineering