Stratolaunch, LLC Staff Operations Engineer (Licensing and Range Integration) in United States
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.
As a Staff Operations Engineer, you will accept a critical role in achieving new milestones in aviation and enabling the development of high-speed test vehicles to be air-launched from Stratolaunch carrier aircraft. You will take ownership and lead technical efforts that support FAA-AST Part 450 licensing and DoD Range integration requirements.
You will work on a small team whose mission is to develop and maintain relationships with Stratolaunch’s regulatory and operating government agencies. We will coordinate civil and DoD compliances, approvals, and notification needs. Depending on your experience, you will support launches in real-time from the Mojave control room as the interface between government and Stratolaunch operational teams.
You will support the life-cycle management of our Part 450 Launch License drafting, submittal, and approval through the FAA-AST. You will work with the cross-functional team to ensure accurate and consistent technical information on the flight systems are communicated to regulatory and operating stakeholders and potential customers.
As a key member of the team, you will have an essential role in meeting our ambitious company objectives. You must establish and maintain effective relationships with colleagues on a small, agile design-to-flight team. You will be challenged with bringing unique and complex aircraft to operational use at a company that believes in giving our team members the authority and responsibility to succeed.
Essential duties and responsibilities:
Flight operations, launch license, range, or flight testing documentation management; including initial drafting, updating, and dispositioning changes.
Work with operations and engineering staff to deliver appropriate material to regulatory agencies.
Support the submittal and approval of the Stratolaunch launch licenses, including working with the Stratolaunch engineering teams and sub-contractors.
Work with the Stratolaunch Safety Manager in preparation of the systems safety elements of the launch license.
Support range oversight and approval processes and scheduling coordination
Act as a Range and FAA liaison for Stratolaunch
Track FAA and Range expenses and forecast budget and expense plans
Keep the team current regarding upcoming activities and deadlines
Evaluate program risks and develop risk mitigation plans
Provide regular and comprehensive communication with multiple departments within Stratolaunch
Travel, as needed, to support liaison efforts or department needs
Other duties, as assigned, based on experience and team needs
Demonstrate honesty, responsibility, integrity, and fulfillment of commitments
Demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication
To perform this job, 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 essential functions.
2+ years of direct experience working with any of the following
FAA Part 431 or 450 license life-cycle management
Federal Range integration work, including compliance with RCC 501 Universal Documentation System (UDS), AFSPCMAN 91-710, or other DoD range integration processes
DoD or civilian flight organizational exerpience and are responsible for developing Flight Test Plans (FTP), operational plans, and supporting plans for range safety and resource usage approvals.
Flight or launch operational support experience. Comfortable working with engineering, flight crew, maintenance, and other technical stakeholders in support of flight or launch operations.
Technical coordination. Able to coordinate cross-functional teams, identify critical issues, and communicate status to regulators and Stratolaunch staff.
Documentation mangement. Experience drafting, collating, or developing documentation and other technical deliverables to meet oversight requirements .
Independent work. Comfortable in a fast-paced and self-defined job role. Ability to self-prioritize tasking to fit within the business goals
Ability to represent Stratolaunch in a professional manner
Experience with one or more of these disciplines: Federal range operations, systems engineering, project management, launch vehicle integration, flight operations, space launch operations.
Five or more years of direct experience with the following organizations
WSMR, Eastern or Western launch Ranges, or other aeronautical test range
FAA-AST Part 450 launch vehicle licensing & regulatory experience
Experience with aviation risk management
Experience with air-launch programs
Required computer skills
MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook)
Requirements management tools
Configuration management systems
Bachelor’s degree (B.A. or B.S.) from an accredited institution
2+ years of direct experience
10+ years of work experience
Special remarks regarding work environment
Travel estimated to be approximately 25+%
Position may be remote or based in Mojave, CA
Benefits and our location:
Relocation eligible to local area – Mojave, CA
Healthcare (medical, dental, vision, prescription drugs)
Paid Maternity and Parental Leave
50% company match per contributed dollar into 401(k) savings plan up to the IRS annual limit
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: Flight Operations