Virgin Orbit, LLC

  • Senior Propulsion Components Engineer

    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 Propulsion Components Engineer.  You will be responsible for a subset of the propulsion components (such as pressure transducers, electro-mechanical actuators, solenoid valves or other widgets) through the full product life cycle. This includes design or procurement, development and qualification testing, to ongoing support of the component on integrated systems. You will also help control and acquire data for these electrical components which may include development of DAQ or other test benches. This role will report to the Propulsion Components Manager and is an Electrical/Mechanical engineering position that will require design, analysis and some hands-on testing. You will need 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

    • Develop an understanding of LauncherOne system propulsion requirements, and translate those to component level requirements.
    • Select proper instrumentation (pressure transducers, flow meters, RTD’s etc.) and provide troubleshooting support to the propulsion team.
    • Coordinate procurement and design efforts of electro/mechanical actuators.  
    • Advise fellow engineers on component design decisions including solenoid force, power consumption, instrumentation accuracy.
    • Participate in root cause analysis of propulsion components in a variety of environments (high pressure, cryogenic, high flow, etc).
    • Use first principles and ANSYS to analyze components.
    • SAFELY execute test plans and procedures, troubleshoot hardware, post-process test data, and present findings to team members.
    • 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…

    • B.S. Engineering (Electrical or Mechanical Engineering preferred)
    • 5+ years of instrumentation and/or electro/mechanical component design or similar related 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 stand for extended periods – 4 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.

    • Understanding of the design elements of different sensors (analog or digital), solenoids, and motors.
    • Exposure to fluid systems, including schematics/P&IDs, and familiarity with launch vehicle design concepts.
    • Comfortable in a lab environment that conducts a range of component testing.
    • Ability to run analytical software correlate test data clearly and concisely present to a broad audience.
    • Experience writing and running custom LabVIEW data acquisition software.
    • Passion for space exploration and a firm belief in the utility of affordable access to space

    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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