Virgin Orbit

  • Senior Engineer, Launch

    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 Senior Launch Engineer. If you join us in this position, you will assist in the development, implementation and operations of launch systems and infrastructure at our Mojave, Florida, and equatorial launch sites for the LauncherOne small satellite launch program. Launch Systems include Ground Support Equipment (GSE) consisting of Liquid Oxygen, Kerosene, Helium, and Nitrogen systems with associated command and control, Rocket transport, payload fairing mate and mating of the Rocket to the carrier aircraft. 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

    • Design, build, maintain and operate Ground Support Equipment for LOX, RP-1, Helium, and GN2
    • Support shipment of completed rocket from Long Beach to Mojave, Florida, and equatorial sites
    • Payload fairing mate to rocket
    • Complete rocket mate to 747
    • Lead or contribute to anomaly resolutions as needed
    • Assist in development and integration of 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…

    • Passion for space explorations and a firm belief in the utility of affordable access to space
    • Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical, Mechanical, or Aerospace Engineering (or related discipline) with a minimum of 10 years of experience
    • Demonstrate success in technically focused projects involving hardware design, build and test of support equipment (mechanical, electrical, electronic, and/or fluids)
    • Experience with process and instrumentation diagrams
    • Experience with generating and executing test plans
    • Cryogenic experience
    • High pressure gas experience
    • Experience leading a team
    • 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 travel to test and launch sites in Mojave, Florida, and equatorial sites
    • 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...

    • Experience in low cost commercial space system ventures
    • Experience with handling and transportation of unique project hardware
    • Experience with vehicle-level integration, test, and launch operations of flight hardware
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Excellent organizational skills and problem-solving skills
    • Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
    • Strong team player
    • 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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