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Quality Inspector - Avionics

Quality Inspector - Avionics

Req No. 
Job Locations 
US-CA-Long Beach
Quality Assurance
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 a Quality Inspector to support the assembly of our avionics hardware. If you join us in this position, you will help ensure our hardware and assembly processes meet all specifications, and all issues are documented and addressed 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

  • Provide quality oversight and support for the assembly of LauncherOne’s avionics systems
  • Perform inspection, verification and analysis to evaluate the quality of products against design and process requirements
  • Communicate effectively, in both written and verbal formats, with engineering, management and production personnel to convey product acceptance criteria and inspection results
  • Comply with safety regulations and promote a safe working environment
  • Properly document and process non-conformances and suspect conditions
  • 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…

  • High school diploma or GED
  • At least 3 years of experience working in an aerospace manufacturing environment
  • At least 3 years experience inspecting PCB/PCBA circuit cards, including solder of surface mount and through-hole components, conformal coating, and staking in accordance with IPC-A-610 and/or NASA 8739.3
  • Strong experience with mechanical assembly of aerospace hardware
  • Ability to read and interpret engineering drawings and specifications
  • Experience with ESD control requirements
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications
  • Self-directed with excellent organizational skills and problem-solving skills
  • Basic math and technical writing skills
  • Experience using ERP systems
  • Proven hands-on inspection experience in the aerospace industry using a variety of measurement tools, including calipers, scales, durometers and multimeters
  • High attention to detail and follow through
  • Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of company personnel
  • 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.

  • Associate’s degree in relevant field
  • Experience in inspection of chassis assemblies and mechanical units to compliance with engineering drawings, ANSI, ISO, FAA or other regulatory agency requirements.
  • Familiarity with methods and processes of an ISO9001 or AS9100 manufacturing environment.
  • Experience inspecting wire/cable harnesses and crimping to IPC-620 and/or NASA-STD-8739.4
  • Experience creating first article inspection reports, including geometrical dimensioning
  • 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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