Virgin Orbit, LLC

Lead Propulsion Technician, 1st Shift

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.


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


Lead Propulsion Technician, 1st Shift


Position Summary


Virgin Orbit (VO) is seeking a Lead Propulsion Technician, 1st Shift who possess a combination of strong mechanical knowledge, hand-on experience and ability to adapt and respond to changing work situation and environment.  The Lead Propulsion Technician is responsible for leading an awesome & talented crew of technicians to accomplish daily goals and rocket engine testing.


This is a full-time position at our rocket test site in Mojave, California. 


Your Mission

  • Manage team of technicians ensuring daily tasks are clearly defined and executed to meet test schedule
  • Mentor technicians through motivation and guidance to help them achieve their goals
  • Provide hands-on support for building, installing, maintaining and troubleshooting equipment such as pumps, tanks, valves, regulators, relief valves, and plumbing related to the LOX, RP-1, Helium, Nitrogen, and Ground Support System.
  • Must be capable of troubleshooting electrical and mechanical components
  • Work closely with manufacturing and design engineering to improve processes and product design
  • Ability to follow procedures and create a safe working environment
  • Strong team player with excellent interpersonal, coaching, and leadership skills
  • Ability to train and lead team members, be willing to lead by example and jump in to help when required
  • Must be proactive, always looking to improve the workplace, including safety and processes required for day-to-day operation
  • 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…

  • High school diploma or GED
  • At least 5 years of experience in fluid system, electrical and/or operation (or equivalent)
  • Previous leadership experience a plus
  • Experience working around high pressure system
  • Certification or similar within aerospace, aviation or automotive
  • 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 work all shift and available for overtime as well as weekends when needed
  • Must be able to stand for extended periods- 8 hours minimum
  • Must be able to stoop, bend, crawl, and being able to maneuver in tight spaces
  • Physically able to handle items weighing up to 25lbs (unassisted)
  • 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.

  • Certifications or similar within aerospace, aviation or automotive
  • 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 liquid rocket fabrication and assembly
  • Experience with pneumatic/hydraulic system fabrication
  • Able to use precision calibrated tools – torque wrenches, micrometers and calipers
  • Skill in operating and manipulating machinery and various hand and power tools requiring manual dexterity
  • Ability to determine and obtain correct type and size fasteners
  • Ability to read, understand and follow detailed schematics, drawings and instructions
  • Ability to check work after completion of each operation in job and/or completed job to ensure it is complete per drawing
  • Experience with forklifts, cranes and heavy equipment is a plus
  • Strong mathematical, basic computer, problem solving and decision making skills, and strong written and verbal communication 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’


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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