Virgin Orbit

  • Launch Engineer, Control Systems

    Job Locations US-CA-Long Beach
    Req No.
    Regular Full-Time
  • 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 Launch Engineer, Control Systems. If you join us in this position, you will assist in the development of our LabVIEW based control systems 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

    • Create flight telemetry screens for ground monitoring
    • Create and maintain LabVIEW code used in fuelling rockets
    • Troubleshoot GSE remote sensor issues
    • Review test/flight data and compare to predictions
    • Lead or contribute to anomaly resolutions as needed
    • Management of subcontractors
    • Assistance in the development of integration and launch processes and procedures
    • Launch and mission operations support
    • 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 in “STEM” Majors (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)
    • At least 3 years of experience and solid understanding of LabVIEW and how to work within a defined architecture
    • Proficiency with National Instruments hardware platforms (cDAQ, PXI, EtherCat)
    • Hands on hardware troubleshooting and software debugging
    • 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.

    • Excellent verbal and written communication skill
    • Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills
    • Strong team player
    • Strong computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project, and Visio
    • RF Link Budgets and Digital Modulation Techniques knowledge
    • Knowledge of other programming languages (C, C++, C#, Javascript)
    • 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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