Virgin Orbit, LLC

Payload Integration Engineer

Job Locations US-CA-Long Beach
Req No.
Regular FT


Long Beach, 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.



Virgin Orbit (VO) is seeking a new member for our team to serve as a Rocket & Payload Integration Engineer. If you join us in this position, you will work on the cleanroom floor processing flight hardware (fairing, adapter, etc), performing payload encapsulation and supporting launch site rocket integration activity. You will work in a small team and provide technical leadership throughout all aspects of the project. You will collaborate with the other Integration Engineers and Mission Managers as part of the Flight and Launch team to assist in developing the payload handling process from factory to mate to the rocket and launch. You will also be working with the customer during their launch campaign at our facility.


This role is for a person that loves and has lots of hands on experience 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

  • Work with engineers from Structures and Avionics to define the flow for hardware processing as well as electrical, RF, and ordnance testing.
  • Design and/or purchase any ground support equipment needed to process and test the flight hardware. This should support a high rate of production.
  • Write and review procedures to process the hardware
  • Work with technicians to execute the procedure for processing the hardware.
  • Redline procedures to improve the process
  • Design the next version of our ground support equipment to include production improvements.
  • Encourage designers to design for ease of integration/test and efficiency.
  • Assist with top level budgeting, scheduling, and manpower estimates, for LauncherOne program operations and for customer contracts.
  • Work with a cross functional team. You will be getting parts, data, and support from across the company. These people will not report to you directly; negotiation and people skills will be necessary.
  • Support the customer needs when they are onsite and ensure that they receive the best care possible.
  • Respond to what-if exercises from engineering and business development for payload accommodation in a wide range of topics that could include avionics, facility planning, cleanroom planning, launch site planning, and hazardous operations.
  • Act as the technical representative from launch operations group to the LauncherOne payload customers during meetings with the customer, payload processing, and launch site processing.
  • 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 Computer Science or in “STEM” Majors (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) or equivalent experience
  • A minimum of 3 years of experience in an assembly, integration, manufacturing or test environment working on satellite or rocket systems 
  • Experience with generating and executing procedures
  • Knowledge of spacecraft systems
  • Experience with cleanroom operations and requirements
  • Experience with working in ESD environments
  • Experience with vehicle-level integration, test, and launch operations of flight hardware
  • Ability and willingness to thrive in a fast-paced, rapidly changing work 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 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.

  • Experience as a test conductor during lift operations, vehicle powered-on internal checkouts, or comprehensive system tests.
  • Experience with Solumina, NX, Teamcenter
  • Experience in low cost commercial space system ventures
  • Experience with smallsats, cubesats, or dispensers
  • Experience with final spacecraft testing at the launch site
  • Experience with oscilloscopes, safe-to-mates, mating harness connectors, and running test scripts. You must be hands on and comfortable working with flight hardware.
  • Experience with RE/RS, VNA, Signal Analyzer and Signal generator
  • Experience with HVAC and/or conditioning systems
  • Experience with aircraft and launch vehicles
  • 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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