Virgin Orbit, LLC

Test Engineer, Integration (Contract)

Job Locations US-CA-Long Beach
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Contractor PT


Long Beach, CA



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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.



Test Engineer, Integration (Contract)


Position Summary

Virgin Orbit (VO) is seeking a Test Engineer, Integration (Contract) to join Manufacturing’s Vehicle Integration Team. The integration team works to bring together the different manufacturing and design elements in order to have one cohesive launch system. If you join us in this position, you will assist in defining and executing the vehicle & payload test verification plan in order to deliver flight ready vehicles to the launch team. You will also work towards optimizing operations to enable a precise, safe and efficient test campaign.


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 rocket factory in beautiful Long Beach, California.

Your Mission

  • Author test procedures and training programs to test integrated assemblies while considering safety, efficiency, and quality
  • Interface with design, manufacturing and systems engineering teams to implement build and test improvements
  • Identify and implement solutions (GSE/eGSE, capital equipment, automation etc.) to improve test processes and reach company goals
  • Create data reduction and post-processing tools
  • Project manage the testing campaign to ensuring vehicles are tested on time
  • 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, electrical engineering, or similar
  • Minimum 1 year of experience (including internships) in building and testing hardware and/or systems in a manufacturing environment (fluid, gas, electrical, structural, pneumatic hardware and/or systems)
  • Experience with test equipment (pumps, valves, instrumentation, digital multimeter, oscilloscope, adjustable power supply, data acquisition and automation)
  • Experience with creating test procedures, planning and conducting critical test operations
  • Experience interfacing with design, manufacturing, systems engineering and production personnel
  • Experience reviewing test data and work to disposition anomalies
  • ERP and MES experience is a must
  • 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.

  • Ability to thrive as a ‘one person team’
  • Experience working in development and/or volume production test campaigns
  • Knowledge of two or more of the following:  fluid systems (cryogenic, RP-1, gaseous Helium and Nitrogen, Plumbing and Instrumentation Diagrams, leak checks), avionics systems (boxes, harness installs, connector mating), GUIs (Labview based), electrical testing, pressurized systems testing, GSE/eGSE design and build
  • Experience in automation
  • Experience developing tools to work safely and efficiently in time-sensitive operations
  • Experience developing automation and user interfaces for test execution
  • Experience operating pressurized gas systems 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
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and leadership skills. This role is highly interdisciplinary and requires sharp people 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

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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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.