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Test Manufacturing Engineer, Contractor/Consultant

Test Manufacturing Engineer, Contractor/Consultant

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US-CA-Long Beach

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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 F/T contractor for approximately 6+ months to serve as Test Manufacturing Engineer. If you join us in this position, you will assist in designing, analyzing, and making our test stands a reality 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 contractor position for 6+ months, at our rocket factory in beautiful Long Beach, California.

Your Mission

  • Test planning – Work with the respective engineers to understand the test article function, and design a test configuration that replicates the critical flight/GSE loading environments, including instrumentation requirements.
  • Structure – Design/Analyze the structural backbone of the test stands.
  • Controls – Design the actuation system to apply test loads.
  • Instrumentation – Source and install all necessary instrumentation.
  • Implementation – Integrate the systems, write the control software, and perform the tests.
  • 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’s Degree in mechanical or aerospace engineering
  • 3+ years engineering experience
  • This is a full-time contractor position for 6+ months
  • Experience with CAD software, preferably NX
  • Experience with FEA of welded structures
  • Capability to design and implement hydraulic control systems
  • Strong Labview experience
  • 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

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

  • Eagerness to learn as well as teach
  • Strong experience in Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
  • Experience in general metal fabrication
  • 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!” 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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