Virgin Orbit, LLC

Senior Mechanical Engineer, Avionics Instrumentation

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.


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Position Summary


Virgin Orbit (VO) is seeking a Senior Mechanical Engineer, Avionics Instrumentation. This position will be responsible for the design, development, integration and verification of R&D, Production and HITL test equipment to verify Avionics 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 our rocket factory in beautiful Long Beach, California.

Your Mission

  • Design, Build and Integrate Test Equipment, concentrating primarily on mechanical aspects of racks, custom box instruments and fixtures
  • Follow a controlled design and build process for non-rocket hardware and harness builds
  • Engage in technical design reviews and release process for mechanical designs
  • Execute integration and integrated testing plans and procedures that will meet production needs, adequately verify functionality and ensure operational needs
  • Support HITL testing, 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

What you bring

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

  • 5+ years of experience in mechanical design of instrumentation racks and fixtures for test using Siemens NX
  • Experience in automotive, aerospace, aircraft or civil dynamics, or instrumentation
  • Ability to read, understand, interpret and redline technical documentation such as wire diagrams, sensor data sheets, and data systems equipment manuals
  • Proven experience with designing systems containing:
    • analog (e.g. 4-20mA, 0-5V, RTDs, thermocouples, strain gages, pressure transducers) and digital data acquisition (e.g. RS-232, Ethernet, ARINC 429, MIL-STD-1553)
    • aircraft and/or rocket avionics hardware interfaces
    • PXI and cDAQ data acquisition hardware platforms
    • signal conditioning and circuit protection methods
    • low-pressure pneumatic instrumentation control (e.g. fixture actuation)
    • electrical junction boxes
  • Experience with Bill Of Materials generation and management
  • Excellent verbal and communication skills
  • Demonstrated experience working with cross-functional teams
  • Ability and willingness to thrive in a fast-paced, rapidly changing work environment
  • Generally high level of all-around awesomeness
  • Must be able to work 1st shift, and be available for overtime as well as weekends when needed

… and you should probably have a bunch of these, too.


  • Siemens TeamCenter product lifecycle management (PLM) experience
  • Experience with integrated hardware/software system test methodologies
  • Experience working as a technician or assisting technicians with installations of customer builds
  • Experience with harness design/build for outdoor/harsh environments
  • Familiarity with NFPA hazardous location classification and installation requirements
  • Knowledge of EMI/EMC consideration on aircraft or aerospace systems
  • Knowledge of environmental test standards including DO-160, SMC-S-016, MIL-STD-461
  • Hands-on experience using the following equipment: digital multimeter, oscilloscope, adjustable power supply, MEGGER
  • Passion for space exploration and a firm belief in the utility of affordable access to space


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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