Virgin Orbit, LLC

Sr. Mechanical Engineer, Structures

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 Sr. Mechanical Engineer, Structures. If you join us in this position, you will assist in the design and analysis of structural and mechanical systems for the LauncherOne small satellite launch program. The Sr. Mechanical Engineer will develop designs for primary and secondary structures, aero surfaces, and mechanisms; under the direction of Structures Engineering Management.  The ideal candidate must have current and/or recent hands-on experience with Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Computer Aided Design (CAD). Additionally, s/he should demonstrate a strong background in composite structure design, analysis and manufacturing. 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 the vehicle structural elements and configurations in concert with other engineering disciplines
  • Design of composite structures with attention towards low cost manufacturing
  • Assistance in the development of manufacturing, integration, and test 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 Mechanical Engineering or Aerospace Engineering
  • 5+ years of experience in an aerospace manufacturing environment
  • Strong expertise in Finite Element Analysis using industry tools such as FEMAP, PATRAN, NASTRAN, and ANSYS.
  • Strong skills in Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) drafting skills.
  • Knowledge of the design, analysis, fabrication, and test of composite and metallic structures.
  • 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. 

  • Experience in NX/Teamcenter
  • Experience in low cost commercial space system ventures
  • Experience with space launch vehicle design
  • 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!” Search all of our job


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.