Virgin Orbit, LLC

Senior Aerospace Engineer - Structures

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


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.


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Sr. Engineer - Aerospace


Position Summary 

Virgin Orbit (VO) is seeking a new member for our team to serve as a Sr. Engineer - Aerospace on our Vehicle Improvement Team. If you join us in this position, you will assist in the design and analysis of structural and mechanical systems for the LauncherOne small satellite launch program. The Sr. Mechanical Engineer will develop designs for primary and secondary structures, high pressure/ cryogenic plumbing, aero surfaces, and mechanisms; under the direction of Structures Engineering Management.  The ideal candidate must have current and/or recent hands-on experience with Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Computer Aided Design (CAD). Additionally, they should demonstrate a strong background in mechanical design, analysis, test, and manufacturing. 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

  • Design the vehicle structural elements and configurations in concert with other engineering disciplines
  • Design of plumbing systems with attention towards low cost manufacturing
  • Assistance in the development of manufacturing, integration, and test processes and procedures
  • Launch and mission operations support
  • Help Virgin Orbit do our part to make the world a better place
  • Constantly learn new things—and share them with your team members
  • Performs other duties as assigned

What you bring

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

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering or Aerospace Engineering
  • 5+ years of experience in an aerospace manufacturing environment
  • Strong expertise in Finite Element Analysis using industry tools such as FEMAP, PATRAN, NASTRAN, and ANSYS
  • Strong skills in Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) drafting skills
  • Knowledge of the design, analysis, fabrication, and test of composite and metallic structures
  • 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.

  • Experience in NX/Teamcenter
  • Experience in low cost commercial space system ventures
  • Experience with space launch vehicle design
  • 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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