Virgin Orbit, LLC

Senior Hardware Design Engineer, Avionics

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.



Position Summary


Virgin Orbit (VO) is seeking a new member for our team to serve as a Senior Hardware Design Engineer. If you join us in this position, you will assist in the design, development, and verification of high-performance Avionics hardware for the LauncherOne small satellite launch program. This role is for a hands-on person with great attention to detail and excellent people skills. You will see the hardware you’ve designed and touched fly into space!


This is a full-time position at our rocket factory in beautiful Long Beach, California.

Your Mission

  • Work with a team of hardware, software, integration, structural, and propulsion engineers to implement a set of requirements in order to design avionics hardware to assure mission success and safety to the public and crew
  • Assist in the development and integration of avionics sensing, control, and processing boards
  • Serve as the technical engineer to define, model, analyze, design, build, and test board-level analog and digital circuits
  • Select electrical components. Work with manufacturing, production, and purchasing, to source and assemble printed circuit board assemblies
  • Support environmental test as needed, including thermal, vibration, shock, EMI/EMC, and radiation tests on hardware components
  • Participate in and lead design reviews, technical reviews, trade studies, analyses, and data reviews
  • Help Virgin Orbit do our part to make the world, and worlds beyond, 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…

  • M.S. in Electrical or Computer Engineering or related field with 3+ years of direct experience in electrical hardware development or B.S. with 5+ years of experience
  • Proficiency with a schematic capture and PCB design software (Altium, OrCAD)
  • Direct hands-on experience with analog, digital and mixed-signal circuit analysis, simulation, design, test, and debug
  • Knowledge of signal integrity, power, grounding and general board layout principles
  • Drive to constantly learn new things—and share them with your team members
  • Ability and willingness to thrive in a fast-paced, rapidly changing work environment
  • Ability to add something unique and positive to our team
  • Generally high level of all-around awesomeness


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

  • Experience with Altium schematic and layout
  • Demonstrated expertise designing IPC Class 2/3 board assemblies
  • Familiarity with IPC-A-600/610, DO-254, NASA-STD-8739, or similar standards
  • Familiarity with analog and digital filters, power regulation, and amplifiers
  • Familiarity with requirements and test methods for harsh environments including thermal, vibration, shock, EMI/EMC, and radiation. Familiarity with one or more of the following standards: SMC-S-016, DO-160, MIL-STD-810G.
  • Experience with designing safety critical hardware components and performing failure mode effects analyses.
  • Experience integrating software, hardware, and programmable logic in embedded systems
  • Experience in programming or scripting languages (C/C++, Matlab, Python) for data capture and display, and control.
  • Experience with mechanical enclosure design
  • Familiarity with different battery technologies, with tradeoffs and design implications
  • Experience working with a variety of development teams including software, test, propulsion, structures, and operations
  • Passion for space exploration and a firm belief in the utility of affordable access to space
  • Ability to thrive as a ‘one person team’

Salary Range

$100,000 - $140,000

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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