Virgin Orbit

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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 on our career portal


Position Summary

Virgin Orbit (VO) is seeking a new member for our team to serve as a first rate qualified welder with substantial experience in assembly fixture fabrication and setup, one-off part fabrication, part modification, tooling, general machining, welding and equipment maintenance. This position will be part of the propulsion test team, where you will be required to weld Stainless steel pipe and structure welding 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 propulsion test facility in beautiful Mojave, California.


Your Mission




  • Perform tasks and work per written procedures and work instructions
  • Fabricate, modify and or repair equipment as required
  • Maintain high standards of safety, quality and output consistent with the requirements of being a VO employee
  • Work with and provide input to the engineers to improve part manufacturability
  • Welding assembly and fabrication on various small to large scale structures and assemblies
  • Use proper PPE when working around test articles
  • Ability to maintain certifications and licenses as required
  • Assist with hands-on metal parts, metallic processing, including cutting, jigging, milling and using a lathe, etc.
  • 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…  

  • Minimum 3 years prior experience working with one or more of the following materials: Stainless Steel, Carbon Steel and/or Aluminum
  • Experience operating forklifts, cranes and other heavy equipment
  • Demonstrated experience in new product introductions within aerospace, aviation or automotive.
  • Knowledge and understanding of lean manufacturing
  • Ability and willingness to thrive in a fast-paced, rapidly changing work environment
  • 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 25lbs (unassisted)

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

  • Experience with manufacturing based ERP systems a plus
  • Strong mathematical, basic computer, problem solving and decision making skills, and strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Check work after completion of each operation in job and/or completed job to ensure it is complete per drawing
  • Ability to read and interpret engineering drawings and specifications
  • Ability to use metrology equipment to measure parts such torque wrenches and scales
  • 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
  • Ability to weld Stainless Steel pipe and structural steel
  • Obtain a welding certification through AWS and/or ASME
  • Proficient in MIG, ARC and TIG welding Processes
  • 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!"

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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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