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Senior Data Systems Test Engineer

Senior Data Systems Test Engineer

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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 Data Systems Test Engineer. If you join us in this position, you will be part of our Propulsion Test group to develop and maintain data acquisition and control systems for Newton rocket engine propulsion test facilities for the LauncherOne program. The Data Systems Test Engineer will be responsible for design, development, and operation of the LauncherOne propulsion test site facility data acquisition and control software that supports remote ground test stand and rocket engine test article fluid components and instrumentation during daily operations and propulsion hot fire testing operations.


The Data Systems Test Engineer will work with a dynamic and highly skilled propulsion engineering team in the development and production testing of LauncherOne rocket engine testing program. The ideal candidate would be a specialist with systems engineering level experience with processors, power and grounding systems, National Instruments software, electronics and sensors. Leadership for the development of innovative data acquisition and control systems will be involved.  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 Mojave, California.

Your Mission

  • System design and architecture of the chemical rocket engine command, control, and data acquisition systems

  • Design, development, and maintenance of data acquisition and command system

  • Electrical design of wire harnesses and other interconnect systems as well as configuration management

  • Leadership for data acquisition and control software and hardware design crew

  • 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 of Science in Engineering or a STEM field
  • At least 5 years of experience in National Instruments hardware and software systems design and development
  • Operations experience, preferably in a development or test environment
  • LabVIEW experienced
  • Ability to work in both R&D and production rate environments
  • Experience with NX and Teamcenter
  • Experience setting up new production facilities, test facilities, or work cells is required
  • Excellent organizational skills and problem-solving skills
  • 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.

  • Creative problem solver, able to work in multi-disciplinary teams
  • Ability to work unsupervised
  • Excellent interpersonal, coaching, and leadership skills
  • Capable of solving complex problems with little to no supervision on schedule as an individual or as a member of an integrated team
  • 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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