Virgin Orbit, LLC

Ground Support Equipment Engineer

Job Locations US-CA-Mojave
Req No.
Regular FT


Mojave, 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.


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


Staff Ground Support Equipment (GSE) Engineer


Position Summary


Virgin Orbit (VO) is seeking a new member for our team to serve as a GSE Engineer. If you join us in this position, you will be a part of the Ground Support Equipment (GSE) engineering team, supporting the design, fabrication, installation, activation, and maintenance of our test stands. This role may also include occasional console operations limited to stand/component activation and maintenance-related checkouts. 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 test facility in beautiful Mojave, California.


Your Mission

  • NX Modeling, Assembly, GD&T
  • GSE Installation planning and execution
  • Test Stand activation planning
  • Perform fundamental fluid flow, heat transfer and structural analysis to contribute to the design and development of new propulsion test facilities
  • Assist Propulsion Test Engineers in writing test plans, test procedures, stand maintenance work instructions and maintain configuration management system
  • Perform data analysis and prepare data reviews and reports to evaluate test facility performance
  • Work with technicians in the field to assemble, modify, and maintain test stands
  • Coordinate with technicians to operate high pressure cryogenic facilities to prepare test facility for testing
  • Support certification tests for propulsion sub-systems and components
  • Support continued reliability of existing test stands
  • 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…

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or other “STEM” Majors (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) or equivalent experience
  • 2+ years of professional experience in an assembly, integration, manufacturing or test environment working on satellite or rocket systems
  • General knowledge of fluid systems, including cryogenics and pressure vessels, as well as instrumentation
  • Comfortable working hands-on with hardware, including fittings, piping, and instrumentation
  • Ability and willingness to perform effectively in a fast-paced, high-stress 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 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 writing and maintaining test procedures or hardware work instructions
  • Experience with NX, Teamcenter, JIRA, MATLAB
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and leadership skills
  • Excellent problem-solving and organizational 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’.
  • 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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