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Avionics Technician

Avionics Technician

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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 Avionics Technician. 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

  • Perform tasks and work per written procedures and work instructions

  • Maintain high standards of safety, quality and output consistent with the requirements of being a Virgin Orbit team member

  • Work with and provide input to the development and manufacturing engineers to improve part manufacturability

  • Recommend and implement continuous improvement activities in production methods, equipment performance and team effectiveness

  • Ability to maintain certifications and licenses as required

  • Assemble components such as switches, electrical controls, and junction boxes, using hand tools and soldering irons

  • Properly utilize Avionics test equipment to perform systems test and keep abreast of new and advanced test equipment and the use of such equipment
  • 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 required
  • Experience with forklifts, cranes and heavy equipment to include a pallet jack

  • Demonstrated experience in new product introductions within aerospace, aviation or automotive

  • Ability to read and interpret engineering drawings and specifications

  • Ability to use metrology equipment to measure parts such torque wrenches and scales

  • Creative problem solver, able to work in multi-disciplinary teams

  • Self-directed with excellent organizational skills and problem-solving skills

  • Ability to work in both R&D and production rate environments

  • Physically able to handle items weighing up to 40lbs (unassisted)

  • 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 manoeuvre in tight spaces

  • The ability to perform basic to intermediate mathematical functions such as add, subtract, divide in units of measure and ability to compute rate, ratios and percentages

  • Install fasteners in correct sequence per drawing, using correct tools

  • Experience troubleshoot issues of device under test and test setups

  • Test and troubleshoot instruments, components, and assemblies, using circuit testers, oscilloscopes, and voltmeters

  • 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

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

  • Knowledge and understanding of lean manufacturing

  • Working knowledge of Avionics systems and their operation and the proven ability to troubleshoot basic problems

  • Experience with manufacturing-based ERP systems a plus

  • Strong mathematical, basic computer, problem solving and decision making skills, and strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Check work after completion of each operation in job and/or completed job to ensure it is complete per drawing

  • Test and troubleshoot instruments, components, and assemblies, using circuit testers, oscilloscopes, and voltmeters

  • B.S. in Engineering or Engineering Technology

  • Experience with EMI / EMC / RF testing

  • Experience with thermal vacuum testing

  • Experience with shock testing

  • Experience with LabVIEW, Python or other test and scripting languages

  • Experience working with National Instruments, or comparable lab equipment

  • Experience designing and building test harnesses

  • Ability to travel to test and launch site in Mojave

  • Passion for space exploration and a firm belief in the utility of affordable access to space


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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