Virgin Orbit, LLC

Propulsion Engine Responsible Engineer

Job Locations US-CA-Long Beach
Req No.
2022-7208
Category
Engineering
Type
Regular FT
Classification
Exempt

Location:

Long Beach, CA

Bonus:

Yes

Job Type:

Full-Time

Who we are

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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.

 

 

Propulsion Engine Responsible Engineer

 

Position Summary 

Virgin Orbit (VO) is seeking a new member for our team to serve as a Propulsion Engine Responsible Engineer. If you join us in this position, you will be a technical leader in design, development, test, and flight of pump-fed liquid rocket engines, components, subassemblies, and systems for the LauncherOne small satellite launch program. This role is for a hands-on person with great attention to detail and excellent people skills. The ideal candidate would be a generalist with both component and systems level experience with liquid rocket engines, fluid handling, vehicle stages and systems, operations, sensors and instrumentation.

 

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

Your Mission

  • Support operations, maintenance, development, and design of pump-fed liquid rocket engines
  • Plan and execute rocket engine development and acceptance tests including operation on console as Responsible Engineer (RE) of test article
  • Create and manage test and development plans for engines and propulsion components
  • Analyze and interpret engine test and flight data, and recommend corrective actions or operational upgrades based on this data
  • Manage test data, hardware configuration logs, and coordinate development activities with other departments
  • Drive engine power balance to anchor test data and forward predict test setups
  • Create and maintain plumbing and instrumentation diagrams (P&IDs)
  • Assist in the development of manufacturing and integration and test processes and procedures, including hardware and software acceptance test procedures
  • Disposition quality escapes for production and development hardware, maintaining both design intent and overall program risk posture
  • Make development decisions based on technical merit, cost, and schedule metrics
  • Coordinate interdisciplinary projects that impact functional groups across the program
  • Communicate results verbally and through written reports
  • 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 as assigned

What you bring

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant discipline (engineering, physics, chemistry, or similar) plus a minimum of 2 years of related experience
  • Mastery of fluids and structural principles relevant to rocket engine hardware
  • Capability to solve complex problems with little to no supervision, on schedule, as an individual or as a member of an integrated team
  • Strong work ethic and ability to self-start
  • Ability and willingness to thrive in a fast-paced, rapidly changing work environment
  • Drive, high motivation, and commitment to improvement
  • Ability to add something unique and positive to our team
  • Generally high level of all-around awesomeness
  • Ability to spend up to 50% time at our rocket engine test site in Mojave, CA
  • Ability to stand for extended periods – 8 hours minimum
  • Physical ability to handle items weighing up to 25 lbs (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

 

Preferred Attributes:

  • Experience with liquid rocket engine development, design, test, and/or flight operations
  • Educational background in liquid rocket engines
  • Experience with pump fed liquid rocket engine analysis
  • Experience with instrumentation, data collection, and their impacts on performance calculations
  • Experience with typical liquid rocket propellant behavior, including cryogenic fluids
  • Familiarity with all or some of the following software packages: MATLAB, TeamCenter, NX, ANSYS, ROCETS, GFSSP, SINDA/FLUINT
  • Knowledge of typical aerospace materials and hardware
  • Familiarity with industry standards and specifications from SMC, NASA, ASTM, AMS, etc.
  • Experience in low cost commercial space system ventures
  • Experience with air launched space launch vehicles or aircraft systems
  • 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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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.

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