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Avionics Electrical Engineer

Avionics Electrical Engineer

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Job Locations 
US-CA-Long Beach
Regular Full-Time

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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 an Avionics Electrical Engineer. If you join us in this position, you will assist in designing, developing, and development testing of avionics components 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

  • Work with a team of hardware, integration, structure, and propulsion engineers to implement a set of requirements in order to design avionics hardware to assure safety to the public and crew
  • Design, develop, and test a variety of electronic PCBAs, possibly to include remote IO modules, release control modules, and flight computer.
  • Evaluate and design motor control functionalities in hardware, and possibly in FPGA
  • Work with cross-functional team members to reach common design goals and deadlines
  • 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 Electrical Engineering or equivalent is required
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of hardware development OR a MS in Electrical Engineering or equivalent degree with 2 years of hardware development
  • Knowledge of a broad array of general purpose hardware design and analog/digital design tradeoffs
  • Ability to capture requirements, make trade studies, and evaluate and design a wide variety of avionics hardware
  • Demonstrate ability to design an analog and digital system from initial concept through schematic capture, layout, and bring up
  • Experience in programming or scripting languages (C/C++, Matlab, Python) for data capture and display, and control
  • Ability to define and implement hardware unit level tests to verify requirements in nominal behavior and corner cases
  • Experience with bench equipment: power supplies, oscilloscopes, etc.
  • Highly motivated, with a strong desire to work as a contributing member of the design team and excel in an innovative and fast-paced team environment
  • Possesses good oral and written communication 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 stoop, bend, crawl, and being able to maneuver in tight spaces
  • Physically able to handle items weighing up to 20lbs (unassisted)

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

  • Experience with Altium schematic and layout (or similar program)
  • Familiarity with test processes including thermal, vibration, shock, EMI/EMC, and radiation, such as SMC-S-016 and DO-160
  • Experience with mechanical design
  • Experience with motor control hardware and software/firmware design
  • Experience in working with high power, high current systems
  • Experience working with a variety of development teams including software, test, propulsion, structures, and launch ops
  • Experience with designing safety critical hardware components and familiarity failure mode effects analysis
  • 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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