Virgin Orbit

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CNC Machinist

CNC Machinist

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 innovative 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. 


Position Summary

Virgin Orbit (VO) is seeking a an experienced CNC Machinist to produce machined parts at their Long beach Manufacturing facility.  The ideal candidate will be an experience CNC machinist capable of operating multi-axix CNC mills, lathes and manual machines.  Parts fabricated on these machines will vary widely in material, complexity, and tolerance requirements.  This role will support current machining development efforts and future production volume requirements. 


Must be comfortable working in a cross-functional team including engineering.  This is a full-time position at our rocket factory in beautiful Long Beach, California.


Prior experience in a fast-paced start-up manufacturing environment is required. Experience with new product introductions, lean manufacturing, cost and quality optimization along with tooling design is highly desired.

Your Mission

  • Set-up and operate CNC and manual mills and lathes
  • Capable of holding tight tolerances associated with the machining of precision parts
  • Responsible for running one or more machines/machining centers
  • Assist in the development of programming and maintenance procedures and manufacturing practices.
  • Ability to update CNC programs based on data from quality and other sources
  • Interface directly with internal customers or departments to deliver an estimate of completion and tooling requirements of individual machined projects.
  • Proficient in reading and interpreting 3D & 2D engineering models.
  • Experience machining large parts a plus.
  • Assist with machine shop set-up and maintenance.
  • Assist with other metals parts and fixture fabrication work, as needed – including cutting, jigging, anodizing, passivation, welding, physical dimensioning, etc.
  • Support inspection of parts to ensure accuracy, including multiple alloys.

What you bring

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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