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Sr. Soft Tooling Engineer

Sr. Soft Tooling Engineer

Req No. 
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 on our career portal.


Position Summary

Virgin Orbit (VO) is seeking a new member for our team to serve as Sr. Soft Tooling Engineer. If you join us in this position, you will assist in the design and build of tooling to support all rocket production activity, including manufacturing and testing of tanks, fairings, and engines 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


  • Work with composite structure designers to generate ply definition and PMI/drawing views for solids created in NX
  • Generate all necessary manufacturing data for composite fabrication including Fibersim geometry, flat patterns, Gerber programs, and laser projection programs
  • Maintain a highly organized working database within Teamcenter
  • Troubleshoot laser projector and cutting table programming issues
  • Responsible to develop and design error-proofing tooling to assure build quality.
  • Provide support to root cause build issues in development and production.
  • Support the specification, evaluation and implementation of new capital equipment for the production process.

  • 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…  

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or equivalent experience
  • 5+ years of industry experience is preferred

  • Siemens NX 11 component design and surfacing required
  • Fibersim 15 Basic and Advanced (CEE and ACEE) experience required
  • Teamcenter and Solumina experience required
  • Gerber cutworks and Virtek LaserEdge  troubleshooting expertise
  • Understanding and application of GD&T
  • Ability to adapt well to changing designs and requirements

  • Ability to create tooling using solid modelling CAD systems such as NX, Solidworks or similar.
  • Demonstrated experience in new product introductions from development through to volume production.
  • Considerable knowledge and understanding of lean tooling concepts and its application to low and medium volume production programs.
  • Experienced in the qualification of outside vendors for tooling fabrication.
  • Familiar with the use of PFMEAs to reduce risk to the manufacturing process.
  • Ability to create capacity plans to support departmental budgeting for capital equipment.
  • Experience setting up new production facilities or work cells is required.
  • Ability to work in both R&D and production rate environments.

  • Ability and interest in teaching and improving the quality of production drawings throughout the Structures group
  • 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

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

  • Certifications or experience within aerospace, aviation or automotive is highly preferred.
  • 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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