Need a Job? They’re Hiring in Mojave

By Douglas Messier
Parabolic Arc Managing Editor

There are several hundred open positions in Mojave as companies such as the Spaceship Company, XCOR and Scaled Composites begin to ramp up operations.

“It’s ironic that we’re having a recruitment problem in Mojave,” said Stu Witt, CEO and general manager of the Mojave Air and Space Port. He added that this is a good problem to have.

The Spaceship Company, which is building WhiteKnightTwos and SpaceShipTwos for Virgin Galactic, has engineering and production positions open. The company is holding a jobs fair in Wichita, Kansas, on March 14 to recruit prospective employees there.

Scaled Composites has 11 positions featured on its website, including aerodynamicist, composite fabricator, manufacturing engineer, and purchasing manager.

XCOR is staffed up on the engineering side but is looking to build out its business operations. The company is seeking a director of retail sales and channel operations to oversee sales to individual passengers and organizations that want to fly experiments on the suborbital Lynx vehicle.

Masten Space Systems is currently listing five open positions on its website. The company is developing vertical take-off/vertical landing vehicles for suborbital flights.

Firestar Technologies has openings for a test engineer and a testing technician. The aerospace company specializes in advanced chemical propulsion, power systems and diagnostic instrumentation.

Stratolaunch Systems doesn’t have any present job openings. However, there is construction going on at the company’s production site at the airport, which will create some jobs.

The Mojave Airport is getting close to hiring a director of economic development and aerospace growth. Witt said on Tuesday that he has interviewed three of four finalists for the position. The new hire will work to promote the airport and to develop new business.

Witt said he was very impressed with candidates, saying they all had high quality, depth of experience, and great ideas for how to perform the job. He expects to have a recommendation for the East Kern Airport District Board of Directors, which oversees the spaceport, in April.

Meanwhile, Witt is expecting a new round of flight testing by the airport’s tenants in April. Board members approved the expenditure of $332,824 to purchase a new firetruck to replace some outdated equipment. Officials expect to take delivery of the vehicle in late March or early April.

  • yes, a job to build mockups of orbital and suborbital “spacecrafts” that never will fly with astronauts nor tourists … you can have a better future if hired by McDonald’s … 🙂

  • Paul451


    Hey Doug, when are we getting a new poll?

    Perhaps one about the 2012 US election?

    “Who do you want as the next President?
    Ron Paul
    Neil deGrasse Tyson

    Or one about 2012 itself… “How will the world end on Dec 21, 2012?
    Yellowstone supervolcano
    Birdflu pandemic
    Nuclear war
    Basic stupidity
    All of the above, on the same day”

  • I second the motion for a new poll! Also, so we can talk about off-topic things somewhere more appropriate than the comments section of some article, is it possible you could set up a forum of some sort? Thanks Doug!

  • Paul451

    “is it possible you could set up a forum of some sort?”

    Or at least add a comment section on the poll, so we can yell at each other about the current topic…

  • CheapGuy

    No politics please – semi-serious poll at least is more interesting; how about quarter/year for first tourist in space by Virgin (with an option for never too); or year when the next man will walk on the moon.

  • Marcus Zottl

    How about a poll about gaetano’s reaction when Virgin/XCOR will fly the first paying customers on their supposedly totally whacky suborbital “spacecrafts”…

  • OK. New poll is up. With the exception of one person here, you’re going to like it a lot.


  • Thanks a lot Doug! I’ll spread the word through Twitter/Facebook

  • Setting up a space tourism exhibit on Friday at the Parkland Magnet Middle School for Aerospace Technology.

    What quote or photo or data would you want to include?