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Sr. Integration Engineer

Sr. Integration Engineer

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

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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. Integration Engineer. If you join us in this position, you will assist in integrating liquid fueled rockets 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

  • Create the integration plan for LauncherOne, from storyboard to the first rocket.
  • Work with teams from Structures, Avionics, and Propulsion to define the hardware being handed off from the manufacturing teams to integration. Identify requirements for integration.
  • Encourage designers to design for integration and efficiency.
  • Assist with top level budgeting, scheduling, and manpower estimates.
  • Work with the manufacturing team to produce rockets. Receive components from propulsion, structures, and avionics for integration.
  • Identify the tooling and support equipment needed to support integration (mechanical, electrical, electronic, fluids, etc). Define support equipment requirements and hand off the design to get worked, or design it yourself. Get it built. Redesign it until it works perfectly and supports high rate production.
  • Write, execute, and redline the integration instructions and test plans.
  • Act as test conductor during vehicle checkouts.
  • Project manage the build of the rocket when production starts, keeping the build on time, reaching out for long lead parts, and solving problems and nonconformances. Find root cause and prevent these problems on future builds.
  • Work with a cross functional team to gather data, order parts and support functions across the company. 
  •  Negotiation and people skills will be necessary.
  • 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 Computer Science or in “STEM” Majors (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)
  • Minimum 5 years experience with integration of a liquid fueled.
  • Integration and launch are one team. The ideal candidate will be able to support launch operations and be part of the launch team.
  • Ability to perform detailed design of support equipment (mechanical, electrical, electronic, and/or fluids).
  • Experience with generating and executing test plans. Experience as a test conductor during vehicle powered-on internal checkouts, at test consoles during hardware in the loop tests or comprehensive system tests.
  • Knowledge of mechanical processes (welding, heat treating, anodizing, machining), composite material processes (layup, trim, bonding, and repair), fluid systems (cryogenic, RP-1, gasesous helium and nitrogen, Process and Instrumentation Diagrams, leak checks), avionics systems (boxes, harness installs, connector mating), and test processes for each discipline.
  • 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
  • Physically able to handle items weighing up to 25lbs (unassisted)

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

  • Experience in low cost commercial space system ventures.
  • Experience with handling and transportation of unique project hardware.
  • Experience with pressurized systems, procedures, and best practices.
  • General knowledge of data acquisition systems and electrical harnessing.
  • Experience with vehicle-level integration, test, and launch operations of flight hardware.
  • Familiarity with LabView.
  • 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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