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Sr. Integration Technician

Sr. Integration Technician

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Job Locations 
US-CA-Long Beach
Regular Full-Time

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Who we are

At Virgin Orbit, we launch the small satellite revolution, accessing space for missions that were previously unimaginable and fostering new ideas and technologies to create a truly spacefaring civilization. We deliver Virgin’s legendary customer service by pairing technological advancements with a clear focus on our customers’ needs. We build a workplace and a workforce for the future, knowing that our decisions and investments of today will launch the industries of tomorrow. We engage a diverse and inclusive community of dreamers and achievers in a shared mission to access space to improve life on Earth. At Virgin Orbit, we boost imagination. Search all of our job openings—


Virgin Orbit (VO) is seeking a new member for our team to serve as an Integration Technician. If you join us in this position, you will support final assembly, integration, or launch operations, of rockets, spacecraft, and aircraft for the LauncherOne small satellite launch program. This role is for a hands-on person with great attention to detail and excellent people skills. This is a full-time position at our rocket factory in beautiful Long Beach, California.

Your Mission

  • Stage, set up, assemble, test and install flight hardware. Areas of work will include structural, mechanical, mechanisms, fluids, avionics, and separation systems. Familiarity with these systems is valuable. As part of final integration and/or launch operations, you will have to check your own work and be certain that it was done perfectly. Familiarity with high pressure gases, liquid oxygen, and oxygen cleaning procedures a plus.
  • Support vehicle checkouts, including leak checks of fluids lines, and power-on full vehicle system checks.
  • Support payload handling and integration operations, including handling of satellites and fairing/separation system installs.
  • Support vehicle transports, including loading, shipping, transportation, and post shipment checkouts.
  • Support launch operations, including launch day operations. Loading of gasses, fluids, and support launch procedures and checkouts.
  • Able to travel for short and extended trips if needed.
  • Must be available for all shifts, overtime and weekends if needed.
  • Use of mechanical tools and precision calibrated tools- torque wrenches, micrometers.
  • Hands on operations with both large as well as small fragile assemblies.
  • Reading and interpreting blue prints and work instructions.
  • Help Virgin Orbit do our part to make the world a better place
  • Constantly learn new things—and share them with your team members
  • Performs other duties as assigned

What you bring

If you want to join us, you’d better have all of these…

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Certifications or similar within aerospace, aviation or automotive
  • Graduated from a technical college or other recognized apprenticeship
  • 5 years prior experience in composite production is required.
  • Perform work according to procedures, specifications and test/work instructions.
  • Collaborate with production/build engineers to develop documentation of work activities.
  • Ensure all production services are performed on time, safely and in a professional manner.
  • Present solutions to management/leadership.
  • Must be a self-starter and previously worked across multiple teams within in a diverse project.
  • Excellent communication skills are desired.
  • Assist with transitioning product from engineering development and initial production to full rate production.
  • Driven, highly motivated, and committed to improvement
  • Ability to add something unique and positive to our team
  • Generally high level of all-around awesomeness
  • Must be able to work all shifts and available for overtime as well as weekends when needed
  • Must be able to stand for extended periods – 8 hours minimum
  • Must be able to stoop, bend, crawl, and being able to maneuver in tight spaces
  • Physically able to handle items weighing up to 40lbs (unassisted)

… and you should probably have a bunch of these, too.

  • Creative problem solver, able to work in multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Self-directed with excellent organizational skills and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work in both R&D and production rate environments.
  • Passion for space exploration and a firm belief in the utility of affordable access to space
  • Ability to thrive as a ‘one person team’

ITAR Requirements

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by ITAR (22 CFR §120.15) or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.


Personal Requirements

Our idea of a happy life: build rockets, work with brilliant people, serve purposeful customers, and open access to space. Sir Richard Branson’s belief is “If you get the perfect mix of people working for your company, you have a far greater chance of success.” From the very start, we have placed top priority on growing and fostering a team of creative, diverse, and talented women and men. In the words of

Sir Richard Branson “We believe it’s better to have a hole in your team than an asshole in your team!” Search all of our job



Virgin Orbit is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with Virgin Orbit is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.


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