Virgin Orbit, LLC

Manufacturing Engineer, Integration

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


Long Beach, 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.


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



Integration Engineer


Position Summary

Virgin Orbit (VO) is seeking an Integration Engineer to join Manufacturing’s Vehicle Integration team. The integration team works to bring together the different manufacturing and design elements to have one cohesive launch system. If you join us in this position, you will assist with integrating critical hardware onto the vehicle in order to deliver flight ready vehicles to the launch team. You will also work towards optimizing processes to enable a precise, safe, and efficient vehicle assembly, integration, and test operations. This role is for a hands-on interdisciplinary engineer with 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

  • Author work instructions to build integrated assemblies while considering safety, quality, efficiency, and manufacturability.
  • Perform hands-on engineering and liaison role between the design teams and production organization to ensure new product introductions are/or design updates are implemented.
  • Contribute to design reviews acting as an expert in design for manufacturability, design for testability, improvement opportunities, inspection methods etc.
  • Work with supply chain to ensure development components / design updates are procured on time.
  • Identify, plan and implement solutions (capital equipment, tooling, layout and build flow upgrades, refine capacity models etc.) to improve build processes and reach company goals.
  • Provide technical direction to both design teams (eBOM configuration, drawing updates, etc.) and production teams (priorities, assembly techniques, etc.) as necessary to reach company goals.
  • Manage corrective actions from working nonconformances. Find root cause and prevent these problems on future builds.
  • Assist with transitioning the Integration team from a small-scale development support team to a high-rate production resource.
  • 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…

  • Bachelor of Science Engineering degree in manufacturing, aerospace, mechanical, or electrical engineering.
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience in a manufacturing environment.
  • Experience authoring work instructions and/or test procedures to build and test structural, electrical and/or propulsion assemblies.
  • Experience interfacing with design, manufacturing, systems engineering and production personnel.
  • Experience leading integration operations including assembly, critical lifting, major assembly mates, end-to-end integrated verification testing operations, etc.
  • Leadership experience as an interdisciplinary project or product manager.
  • Creative problem solver, ability to work in multi-disciplinary teams, excellent people and negotiation skills.
  • Capacity and rate planning experience for manual work centers, capital equipment, GSE/eGSE.
  • ERP and MES experience is a must.
  • Ability and willingness to thrive in a fast-paced, rapidly changing work environment.
  • Must be a U.S. person as defined by the ITAR (22 CFR §120.15).
  • 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.

  • Master’s degree in relevant field a plus.
  • Experience working in development and/or volume production assembly environments.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and leadership skills. This role is highly interdisciplinary so will require sharp people skills.
  • Knowledge of two or more of the following: mechanical processes (precision drilling, heat treating, anodizing, machining, and fastening), composite material processes (trim, bonding, RTV, cork application), fluid systems (cryogenic, RP-1, gaseous Helium and Nitrogen, Process and Instrumentation Diagrams), avionics systems (instrumentation, harness integration, electrical connector mating), in addition to testing processes for each discipline.
  • Considerable knowledge in lean manufacturing and its application to low mix- medium-volume production.
  • Experience developing tools to work safely and efficiently in time-sensitive operations.
  • Experience developing automation and/or user interfaces for test execution.
  • Experience operating pressurized gas systems and/or electrical testing is a plus.
  • Experience with Siemens NX/TeamCenter, Oracle and Solumina is a plus.
  • Familiar with the use of PFMEAs to reduce risk to the manufacturing and test processes.
  • 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.



Salary Range

$80,000 - $110,000

Total Rewards at Virgin Orbit

At Virgin Orbit, we are STRAIGHT UP, which means we encourage honest and transparent communication. Our goal is to help you interpret the pay range you see and understand that compensation is much more than simply base pay.  Individual compensation packages are based on candidate-unique attributes, including, but not limited to, skills, experience, qualifications, and other job-related factors.  Cash compensation is only part of the total reward package, and the range reflects a strong market-based salary.  Some jobs may also be eligible for bonus, overtime pay, weekend work compensation and differentials.  In addition to cash compensation, all Virgin Orbit teammates are eligible for equity which includes stock options and/or RSUs (Restricted Stock Units) and an Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP). 


At Virgin Orbit, you work alongside some of the best and brightest, on the coolest premier dedicated small satellite launch service.  We also know that benefits and belonging are an important piece of your total rewards package.  At Virgin Orbit we offer some of the best around:


  • Robust time off with holiday shut down between Christmas and New Year
  • Better than market 401k including a Safe Harbor plan
  • Superior health and welfare benefits offering an average 90% of benefits premiums paid, including some plans with zero employee contributions
  • Financial wellness through Northstar which includes your personal financial advisor
  • Paid parental leave
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • A variety of optional benefits such as pet insurance and discounts, and remote and/or hybrid opportunity for some positions
  • Health Reimbursement program providing up to $3,000 max per year for eligible teammates 
  • Employee Resource Groups, Virgin cultural gatherings and success celebrations, professional growth opportunities, and more!


At Virgin Orbit, pay and total rewards is about offering competitive programs for any stage of your life and career. We constantly look for opportunities to enhance our programs and reward our teammates and we update our benefits offerings regularly.

Other Requirements:

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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