Virgin Orbit, LLC

Instrumentation Engineer

Job Locations US-CA-Mojave
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.


Virgin Orbit (VO) is seeking a new member for our team to serve as Instrumentation Engineer. If you join us in this position, you will assist in organizing cross-departmental analysis, verification, build, and test activities in addition to being an individual contributor 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 test site in beautiful Mojave, California.

Your Mission

  • Design, build, integrate, and database cutting-edge flight instrumentation systems that meet analysts' data needs
  • Rapidly resolve novel instrumentation challenges
  • Troubleshoot acceleration, pressure, acoustic, strain, position and thermal sensors
  • Hands-on hardware integration
  • Streamline/automate processes and systems to handle several vehicles in parallel
  • Lead interdisciplinary teams
  • Execute flight instrumentation systems from start-to-finish (system design, sensor selection/customization, installation, testing, data analysis, and report generation)
  • Provide design and production guidelines, requirements, and procedures to design and manufacturing engineers
  • Develop sensor and data databases
  • Customize and qualify vendor components for VIRGIN ORBIT applications
  • 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 Electrical Engineering or in “STEM” Majors (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)
  • Experience conducting large scale and high channel count field or flight tests with accelerometers, pressure transducers, strain gauges, thermocouples, and RTDs
  • Flight test experience
  • Experience in automotive, aerospace, aircraft, or civil dynamics or instrumentation
  • Experience with vehicle structural health monitoring
  • Experience with Matlab, Excel, LabVIEW, databases, web APIs, Python, SQL, regular expressions, and National Instruments hardware
  • Experience identifying and fixing sensor issues
  • Strong enthusiasm for technology
  • Self-motivated with strong organizational, communication and documentation skills
  • A “can do” attitude and the ability/enthusiasm necessary to work in a unique, fast-paced environment
  • Enjoyment of troubleshooting and detail oriented work
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • 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
  • 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.

  • 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.