Virgin Orbit

Returning Applicant?

Propulsion Technician

Propulsion Technician

Req No. 
Job Locations 
US-CA-Long Beach
Regular Full-Time

More information about this job

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 is seeking an experienced Propulsion technician with experience in aircraft and rocket production. This role is for a hands-on person with great attention to detail and excellent people skills. This is a full-time position at Virgin Orbit's rocket factory in Long Beach, California.



Your Mission

  • Fabricate, modify and or repair engine components and equipment as required.  
  • Work with and provide input to the development and manufacturing engineers to improve part manufacturability.
  • Use of hand tools for the buildup and test of propulsion engines
  • Use of appropriate PPE when working around parts on the shop floor.
  • Support the implementation of the ERP system on the shop floor and recommend changes as required.
  • Recommend and implement continuous improvement activities in production methods, equipment performance and team effectiveness.
  • Ability to maintain certifications and licenses as required
  • Ability to train and lead team members, be willing to lead by example and jump in to help when required.
  • Maintain high standards of safety, quality and output consistent with the requirements of being a Virgin Galactic team member.


What you bring

Basic Qualifications

  • 2 years prior experience in propulsion production is required.
  • Experience with forklifts, cranes and heavy equipment to include a pallet jack
  • Demonstrated experience in new product introductions within aerospace, aviation or automotive.
  • Knowledge and understanding of lean manufacturing.
  • Physically able to handle items weighing up to 40lbs (unassisted)


Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Knowledge of pressure, temperature and flow measurement devices; mechanical and electrical systems; Propulsion engines.
  • A&P license
  • Ability to work in both R&D and production rate environments.
  • Ability to use metrology equipment to measure parts such as torque wrenches and scales.
  • Experience with manufacturing based ERP systems a plus.
  • Experience with liquid rocket fabrication and assembly.
  • Drill, ream, countersink full size holes in parts/assemblies, in proper sequence and to correct size using drill motor.
  • Install fasteners in correct sequence per drawing, using correct tools (e.g., rivet gun and bucking bar, drill motor, power screwdriver, C-squeeze, ratchet wrench, nut runner)
  • Knowledge of lean manufacturing philosophies and tools a plus.
  • Ability to read and interpret engineering drawings and specifications.
  • Check work after completion of each operation in job and/or completed job to ensure it is complete per drawing.
  • Strong mathematical, basic computer, problem solving and decision making skills, and strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Self-directed with excellent organizational skills and problem-solving skills.
  • *The Employer retains the right to change or assign other duties to this position.

Physical and/or Additional Requirements

  • 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 min.
  • 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). 

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 

The Virgin Galactic organization has a relaxed and informal culture that encourages individuality and innovation.  You will be motivated, enterprising and enthusiastic.  Company culture is such that you need to be able to “check your ego at the door,” be a self-starter and possess a sense of humility.  You will work well under commercial pressure and thrive on being given challenges and responsibility.  You will communicate clearly and be confident and persuasive. You will have a high level of integrity and understand the need of complete confidentiality.


Virgin Galactic is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with Virgin Galactic 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.



Not ready to apply? Build the Future with Us for general consideration.