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April 13, 2012

Scaled Composites hosting career day at Mojave airport

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by Raphael Jaffe
staff writer

Timed to create a fun and family day in conjunction with Plane Crazy, Scaled Composites is holding its first-ever Career Day April 21, at the Mojave Air and Space Port, Calif.

Scaled will open its hanger doors, and several dozen employees will be available to discus potential job fits with applicants.

There is listing of current “hot” job categories, but all interested people are welcome to come with resume in hand, or better yet, submit one promptly to resume@scaled.com and make the subject line “Career Day.”

“Our entire company and their families are invited to attend the career day; many will put their airplane, car or personal project on display alongside our company aircraft,” said Ben Diachun, vice president of engineering. “The career day was scheduled to coincide with Plane Crazy Saturday, so there should be a festive open house atmosphere. We will have several dozen employees specifically working at the career day, answering questions and getting to know the candidate employees.”

Diachun is an example of Scaled’s ‘promote from within’ policy. He joined the company in 20023 as a design engineer, and was successively project engineer, flight test engineer, business development manager and is now director of engineering.

“Weather permitting; we will open our hangar doors in order to display our aircraft inside, but work areas will be closed,” he said. “Weather permitting; WhiteKnightTwo and Firebird will be outside on display. WhiteKnightOne and BiPOD will be on display inside.

Additionally, “There will be a briefing on “Flying SpaceShipTwo” by members of the project team. It will be held at 11 a.m., in the board room of the Mojave Air and Space Port.”

In 2004, when Scaled was developing and flew SpaceShipOne, there were approximately 130 employees. There were approximately 350 employees during development of SpaceShipTwo.

Scaled employs 371 people currently. Of this total about 50 percent are shop personnel working directly on our projects as composites fabricators and aircraft technicians. Engineers and project leads make up another 25 percent of our workforce. “The remaining 25 percent of our staff serve in support functions.”

“Our shop is made up of composite fabricators and subsystems technicians; many of whom are licensed airframe and power plant mechanics as well,” Diachun said. “They can build anything our engineers throw at them and often make the design better in the process.  You could describe our composite fabricators as skilled craftsmen. We have some of the brightest minds and best hands in aerospace working at Scaled.

“Our engineers are creative and intelligent; you can see this in the elegance of their design and in their analysis efficiency,” he continued. “Engineers at Scaled are just as comfortable working out in the shop with their hands as they are designing behind a computer. Approximately 70 percent of our engineers are pilots and many have built their own airplane. A majority of our project leads and test pilots come out of engineering.”

Scaled Composites is constantly looking to the future.

“We foresee significant growth here at Scaled over the next few years to support upcoming project demands,” Diachun said. “Over the next year, specifically, we expect our employment level to grow by approximately 20 percent and are projecting this growth to be linear.

“During this growth, we plan to keep our project teams efficient and effective by hiring highly capable individuals, giving them lots of ownership and responsibility while at the same time keeping the team sizes as small as possible,” he said.

And while the current hiring is linked to the Stratolaunch Systems contract Scaled recently received, it is not limited to that.

“We are on contract with Stratolaunch Systems to build the carrier aircraft for their mobile launch system,” said Diachun. “Our need to expand is primarily due to the Stratolaunch project, but not exclusively. We have other existing projects and some developing opportunities that will require additional talented staff as well.”

And what skill sets are required to work at Scaled Composites?

“Nearly all of our projects benefit from computer aided design in some form today,” he said. “That said, our engineers are acutely aware that they must use the right tool for the given job. No better tool exists than the pencil for some jobs; for others, the computer will yield the best results.

“Our engineers are proficient with both. Burt Rutan was also a heavy CAD user during the later years,” Diachun said.

 

 

Scaled Composites is looking for applicants with the following skills:

  • Aerodynamicist
  • Avionics Engineer
  • Composite Fabricator
  • Composite Structural Analyst
  • Composites Design Engineer
  • Data Analyst Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Materials and Process Engineer
  • Mechanical Design Engineer
  • Program Business Manager
  • Program Business Analyst
  • Domain/Software Administrator



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