Virgin Orbit, LLC

Launch Technician

Job Locations US-CA-Mojave
Req No.
Regular FT


Mojave, CA



Job Type:


Who we are



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.


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Position Summary 


Virgin Orbit is seeking an experienced Launch Technician with familiarity in gas and fluids systems, who can contribute to a small team responsible for launch operations of LauncherOne. Help us design, build, and operate the systems that will prepare the vehicle for launch including loading fuel, liquid oxygen, and high pressure gasses. 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 aerospace facility in Mojave, California.


This is a full-time position at Virgin Orbit's aerospace facility in Mojave, California.

Your Mission

  • Stage, set up, assemble, test and install flight hardware
  • Maintain, troubleshoot, and repair equipment and instrumentation as needed
  • Operate the GSE during ground fueling operations of LauncherOne
  • Collaborate with engineering to develop and document vehicle loading and launch day procedures
  • Follow all necessary regulations and appropriate Virgin Orbit's procedures including quality policies, safety policies, OSHA, EPA, NIOSH, NFPA, AS
  • Must be able to communicate clearly, both in person and over coms, while running test and launch day procedures
  • Read, interpret and work from free form drawings as well as from controlled documentation and processes

What you bring

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

  • High school diploma or GED
  • At least 2 years of hands-on and relevant experience at a test site or launch pad is required
  • Experience fabricating and operating tubing and pressure systems up to 15,000psig
  • Ability to travel
  • Strong team player
  • Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills
  • 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 min
  • 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 stoop, bend, crawl, and being able to maneuver in tight spaces
  • Physically able to handle items weighing up to 40lbs (unassisted)
  • Must have and maintain a valid Drivers license
  • Must have or be able to acquire a valid passport
  • 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.

  • Strong mathematical, basic computer, problem solving and decision making skills, and strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Certifications or similar within aerospace, aviation or automotive
  • Experience with forklifts, cranes and heavy equipment is a plus
  • Graduated from a technical college or other recognized apprenticeship
  • Experience in the aerospace industry, aviation, military or other high-reliability operating environment preferred
  • Experience with pressure, temperature and flow measurement devices; mechanical and electrical systems; Propulsion engines
  • Experience with pneumatic/hydraulic system fabrication
  • Able to use precision calibrated tools – torque wrenches, micrometers and calipers
  • 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. 


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