Mojave, California, USA



Manufacturing Engineer



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 a Sr- or Staff-Level Manufacturing Engineer to contribute to the design, fabrication, assembly, and operations of hypersonic vehicle launch system ground support equipment (GSE). The individual operating in this capacity will contribute to all aspects of manufacturing, to include: designing GSE, generating work instructions for the shop, 3D CAD modeling, designing manufacturing shop aids, subsystems integration, etc.  



  • Design GSE, tools, fixtures, and jigs to support metallic structure
  • Generate work instructions, drawings, and templates for the shop using 3D CAD software
  • Manage vendors to procure manufacturing equipment, tooling, and fixtures
  • Design manufacturing shop aids to improve manufacturing efficiency
  • Provide technical guidance to manufacturing operations
  • Ensure the manufacturing of the vehicle and GSE meets all engineering requirements
  • Support the root-cause analysis of manufacturing nonconformances, and the engineering disposition of those nonconformances
  • Provide technical guidance to help resolve non-conformances, corrective actions, and rework
  • Participate in Continuous Improvement activities
  • Work with the Manufacturing and Program Management teams to streamline the manufacturing sequence to meet programs goals
  • Participate in the planning process by providing schedule inputs to Program Management
  • Evaluate risks and risk mitigation plans to determine if the risks are appropriate and risk mitigations are adequate
  • Regular and comprehensive communication to the hypersonic vehicle Chief Engineer on a weekly and monthly basis
  • Lead a small team of manufacturing engineers
  • Travel, as needed, to support the department
  • Demonstrate honesty, responsibility, integrity, and fulfillment of commitments


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential responsibility 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

  • Extensive knowledge of, and/or experience with: design of GSE hardware and assemblies, design of assembly fixtures and jigs, design of drill jigs, GD&T
  • Experience designing and producing manufacturing documentation
  • 3D CAD modeling experience
  • Ability to work on your own initiative and prioritize tasking to fit within the business goals
  • Ability to quickly adapt to changing priorities

Preferred Qualifications

  • Vendor management experience
  • Lean manufacturing experience
  • Management experience


Required Computer Skills

  • Computer Aided Design tools (Siemens NX & Teamcenter preferred)
  • Configuration management systems (JIRA preferred)
  • MS Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook)


    • Sr. Level ($104,000-$155,000): Bachelor’s degree (B.S.) from accredited institution and 5-10 years of engineering experience, OR equivalent combination of education and experience
    • Staff Level ($126,500-$195,500): Bachelor’s degree (B.S.) from accredited institution and 10-20 years of engineering experience, OR equivalent combination of education and experience 

Special remarks regarding work environment, if applicable

  • Position is based in Mojave, CA
  • Position requires significant interaction on the shop floor with the Materials and Processes, Manufacturing, and Quality Assurance teams
  • Travel expectations are minimal (<5%), for visiting manufacturing vendors

Benefits and our location:

  • Eligible for up to 10% or 15% annual bonus based on title
  • Relocation eligible to local area – Mojave, CA
  • 9/80 schedule
  • 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
  • Tuition reimbursement


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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