Virgin Orbit, LLC

Manufacturing Test Engineer, Instrumentation & Fluid Components

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


Long Beach, CA



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Manufacturing Test Engineer, Instrumentation & Fluid Components


Position Summary 

Virgin Orbit (VO) is seeking a Manufacturing Test Engineer, Instrumentation & Fluid Components to join our team. This position will be responsible for the installation, test, troubleshooting, and verification of R&D and Production instrumentation and fluid system components for LauncherOne rockets and our airborne launch platform aircraft. 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 Long Beach, California.

Your Mission

  • Provide manufacturing test engineering support for electrical hardware (e.g, resistance temperature detectors, pressure transducers, solenoid valves, accelerometers, and electronic controllers) related to the first and second stage engines
  • Provide manufacturing test engineering support for benchtop acceptance testing of instrumentation and other active components (e.g., pressure transducers, linear actuators, electrically actuated valves, solenoid valves)
  • Review harnessing and wiring diagrams as well as upper-level-assembly CAD models that incorporate these designs for conformance and manufacturability
  • Work with other Responsible Design and Manufacturing Engineers to create installation instructions for harnessing, instrumentation, and active components for upper-level assemblies
  • Engage in technical design reviews and release process for electrical designs, standard documentation, components, and instrumentation
  • Execute integrated testing plans and procedures that will meet production needs, adequately verify functionality, and ensure operational needs
  • Support engine level acceptance verification, and instrumentation anomaly investigations
  • Support component qualification & acceptance verification, and instrumentation anomaly investigations
  • 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 these…

  • B.S. in Engineering or other relevant area of study; or equivalent experience
  • Ability to read, understand, and interpret technical documentation such as wire diagrams, schematics, sensor data sheets, and data systems equipment manuals
  • Experience designing and executing tests of fluid system control components and instrumentation (e.g., solenoid valves, pressure transducers, flowmeters)
  • Experience diagnosing sensor or data system issues and gathering the appropriate resources or personal to resolve issues
  • Experience creating visual documentation and shop aids for test and assembly technicians
  • Experience creating step-by-step test instructions that conform with upstream requirement documentation
  • Ability and willingness to thrive in a fast-paced, rapidly changing work environment
  • Driven, highly motivated, and committed to improvement
  • Physically able to handle items weighing up to 25lbs (unassisted)
  • Must be a U.S. person as defined by the ITAR (22 CFR §120.15)
  • 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 it would be great if you had a bunch of these, too.

  • Experience with integrated hardware/software system test methodologies
  • Experience with:
    • Using and diagnosing sensors for physical measurement (4-20mA, 0-5VDC, RTDs, thermocouples, flowmeters, strain gages, pressure transducers, load cells, and accelerometers)
    • digital multimeters, oscilloscopes, adjustable power supplies, milliohm meters
    • Familiarity with designing or interfacing with aircraft and/or rocket avionics hardware
    • Labview for hardware control and automation
    • Familiarity with the National Instruments (NI) family of data acquisition and control hardware, such as the cDAQ, cRIO, and PXI
    • Familiarity with coding or scripting within languages such as Python or Matlab to perform basic data calculation, plotting, or reduction
    • Familiarity with network engineering principles (IP networks)


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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