Virgin Orbit, LLC

Propulsion Technician

Job Locations US-CA-Long Beach
Req No.
2022-6859
Category
Operations
Type
Regular FT
Classification
Non-Exempt

Location:

Long Beach, CA

Bonus:

Yes

Job Type:

Full-Time

Who we are

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At Virgin Orbit, we are launching the small satellite revolution, enabling missions that were previously unimaginable. We are delivering Virgin’s legendary customer experience by combining advanced technology with a diligent, hard-working team. We have built a workplace and a workforce of the future, knowing that our decisions and investments of today are launching the industries of tomorrow. We have engaged a diverse and inclusive community of doers and dreamers alike, empowering all those working today to build satellites and constellations that will change the world.

 

At Virgin Orbit, we are opening space for good. Search all of our job openings on our career portal.

 

Propulsion Technician

 

Position Summary 

Virgin Orbit is seeking an experienced Propulsion Technician with experience in aircraft and rocket production. This role is for a hands-on person with great attention to detail and excellent people skills. This is a full-time position at Virgin Orbit's rocket factory in Long Beach, California.

Your Mission

  • Fabricate, modify and or repair engine components and equipment as required.  
  • Work with and provide input to the development and manufacturing engineers to improve part manufacturability.
  • Use of hand tools for the buildup and test of propulsion engines
  • Use of appropriate PPE when working around parts on the shop floor.
  • Support the implementation of the ERP system on the shop floor and recommend changes as required.
  • Recommend and implement continuous improvement activities in production methods, equipment performance and team effectiveness.
  • Ability to maintain certifications and licenses as required
  • Ability to train and lead team members, be willing to lead by example and jump in to help when required.
  • Help Virgin Orbit do our part to make the world a better place
  • Constantly learn new things—and share them with your team members
  • Perform other duties assigned

What you bring

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

  • 2 years prior experience in propulsion production is required
  • Experience with forklifts, cranes and heavy equipment to include a pallet jack
  • Demonstrated experience in new product introductions within aerospace, aviation or automotive
  • Knowledge and understanding of lean manufacturing
  • 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 a U.S. person as defined by the ITAR (22 CFR §120.15).
  • Must be able to work varying hours/shifts and available for overtime as well as weekends when needed.
  • Must be able to stand for extended periods of time – 8 hours minimum.
  • Must be able to stoop, bend, crawl, and able to maneuver in tight spaces.
  • Physically able to handle items weighing up to 25lbs (unassisted).
  • Must be able to travel to (location) up to --% of the time.
  • Valid CA driver’s license required with clean driving record.
  • Passion for space exploration and a firm belief in the utility of affordable access to space.
  • Ability and desire to perform in a fast-paced, rapidly changing work environment.
  • Self-driven, highly motivated, and committed to improvement, inter-team communication skills, and attention to detail.
  • 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.

  • Knowledge of pressure, temperature and flow measurement devices; mechanical and electrical systems; Propulsion engines
  • A&P license
  • Ability to work in both R&D and production rate environments
  • Ability to use metrology equipment to measure parts such as torque wrenches and scales
  • Experience with manufacturing based ERP systems a plus
  • Experience with liquid rocket fabrication and assembly
  • Drill, ream, countersink full size holes in parts/assemblies, in proper sequence and to correct size using drill motor
  • Install fasteners in correct sequence per drawing, using correct tools (e.g., rivet gun and bucking bar, drill motor, power screwdriver, C-squeeze, ratchet wrench, nut runner)
  • Knowledge of lean manufacturing philosophies and tools a plus
  • Ability to read and interpret engineering drawings and specifications
  • Check work after completion of each operation in job and/or completed job to ensure it is complete per drawing
  • Strong mathematical, basic computer, problem solving and decision making skills, and strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Passion for space exploration and a firm belief in the utility of affordable access to space
  • Ability to thrive as a ‘one person team’.
  • Ability to add something unique and positive to our team.
  • Generally high level of all-around awesomeness.

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. 

 

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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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