Virgin Orbit, LLC

  • Manufacturing Engineer, Integration | Future Consideration

    Job Locations 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 new member for our team to serve as a Manufacturing Engineer, Integration. If you join us in this position, you will assist the Manufacturing team 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

    • Author work instructions to build subassemblies, integrated assemblies, and checkout procedures, while considering efficiency, manufacturability, and safety.
    • Interface with Structures, Propulsion, and Avionics design teams to incorporate DFM into assemblies in a timely manner.
    • Provide technical direction to both design teams (eBOM configuration, DFM, etc.) and production teams (priorities, assembly techniques, etc.) as necessary to reach company goals.
    • Act as vehicle test conductors at subsystem and vehicle levels to ensure design and build integrity.
    • Explore ways to improve processes and products for launch vehicles and provide feedback as needed.
    • Assist with program level budgeting, scheduling, and manpower estimates.
    • Identify the tooling and support equipment needed to support integration (mechanical, electrical, electronic, fluids, etc.) activities. Work closely with the Tooling team to ensure tools are designed and procured appropriately.
    • Assist with transitioning the Manufacturing Integration team from a small scale development support team to a high rate production resource.
    • Project manage the build of individual rockets ensuring they’re built on time, long lead parts are procured on-time, and manage corrective actions from working nonconformances. Find root cause and prevent these problems on future builds.
    • Help Virgin Orbit do our part to make the world a better place
    • Constantly learn new things—and share them with your team members

    What you bring

    If you want to join us, you’d better have all of these…

    • 3+ years’ experience in a manufacturing environment is required.
    • Engineering degree in manufacturing, mechanical, aerospace, or equivalent.
    • Experience with new part introduction and creating manufacturing processes for complex assemblies.
    • Capacity and rate planning experience for manual work centers and capital equipment.
    • ERP and MES experience is a must.
    • 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 interpersonal, communication and leadership skills. This role is highly interdisciplinary and requires sharp people skills.
    • Knowledge of two or more of the following: mechanical processes (precision drilling, heat treating, anodizing, machining, and fastening), composite material processes (trim, bonding and repair), fluid systems (cryogenic, RP-1, gaseous Helium and Nitrogen, Process and Instrumentation Diagrams, leak checks), avionics systems (boxes, harness installs, connector mating), in addition to testing processes for each disipline.
    • Considerable knowledge in lean manufacturing and its application to low mix-medium-volume production.
    • Experience working in both development and production environments.
    • Experience with TeamCenter and Siemens NX 
    • Experience with pressurized systems, procedures, and best practices is a plus.
    • Composite secondary structure experience, as it relates to secondary integration operations.
    • 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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