Virgin Orbit, LLC

Checker (Contract)

Job Locations US-CA-Long Beach
Req No.
Contractor 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 new member for our team to serve as a Checker (Contract). If you join us in this position, you will assist in technical and engineering support in areas related to engineering and design, under the general direction of the Propulsion Components Manager for the LauncherOne small satellite launch program. This role is for a hands-on person with great attention to detail and excellent people skills. This is a contract position at our rocket factory in beautiful Long Beach, California. 

Your Mission

  • Provide Virgin Orbit with technical and engineering support in areas related to engineering and design, under the general direction of the Propulsion Components Manager 
  • Help Virgin Orbit do our part to make the world a better place 
  • Constantly learn new things—and share them with your team members 
  • Performs other duties as assigned 

What you bring

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

  • Mastery of ASMEY14.5  
  • Provide a qualified draftsperson or design engineer, to adhere to VO standards, processes, and procedures, to provide support in the areas of: 
    • Review drawings and models and provide feedback to engineers. 
    • Generate 3D models, component drawings, and assembly drawings for the Propulsion group utilizing Unigraphics NX, including Product and Manufacturing Information (PMI) and Computer Aided Design (CAD); 
    • Complete tasks with a working knowledge of the TeamCenter PLM system; 
    • Provide recommendations to VO design and manufacturing engineers, based on part drawings and manufacturing processes 
    • Complete tasks with an expert level experience of Geometric Design and Tolerancing (GD&T) 
    • Able to do tolerance stackup calculations 
  • Must be a U.S. person as defined by the ITAR (22 CFR §120.15) 
  • Passion for space exploration and a firm belief in the utility of affordable access to space 
  • Ability and desire to perform in a fast-paced, rapidly changing work environment 
  • Self-driven, highly motivated, and committed to improvement, inter-team communication skills, and attention to detail 
  • 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.

  • Generate mechanical/propulsion designs, and demonstrate strong mechanical and fluid system design competencies 
  • 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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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.