Virgin Orbit, LLC

Propulsion Advanced Manufacturing Engineer | Future Consideration

Job Locations US-CA-Long Beach
Req No.
Regular FT


Long Beach, CA



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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 Propulsion Advanced Manufacturing Engineer.  If you join us in this position, you will be responsible for assisting in development of additively manufactured propulsion hardware using some of the most advanced equipment in the industry. This work includes opportunities for design, manufacturing process development, and functional testing to support the Propulsion department. You will also help draft procedures for the purposes of transitioning additive R&D hardware to flight qualification. This role will report to the Propulsion Advanced Manufacturing manager and is a Mechanical engineering position. 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 and qualify rocket engine hardware on the largest and most capable metal additive/hybrid systems in the world.
  • Support system-level flight production readiness for the largest multi-axis/additive hybrid manufacturing system in the world.
  • Bridge the gap between R&D and Flight hardware by establishing the processes and procedures necessary to certify uniquely manufactured propulsion components. Design and implement necessary components benchtop testing plans in pursuit of this goal.
  • Advise fellow engineers on additive design decisions including modeling best practices, additive material capabilities/limitations, and system level implementation.
  • Participate in failure studies to test the limits of additively manufactured propulsion hardware.
  • 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 degree 
  • 3+ years of advanced manufacturing, materials engineering (metals), metal additive 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)
  • Must be able to provide proof of US-approved Covid-19 full vaccination status, unless otherwise exempted by an approved reasonable medical or religious accommodation from Virgin Orbit.

… and you should probably have a bunch of these, too.

  • Experience in CAD modeling, manufacturing drawings, and GD&T
  • Solid understanding of advantages and disadvantages of various aerospace-grade metal alloys commonly used for space launch vehicles.
  • Some familiarity the typical requirements for functional testing of propulsion components, particularly for fluid systems.
  • Strong ability to quickly turnaround competently written technical reports for consumption of other team members.
  • 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.