Virgin Orbit, LLC

Manufacturing Engineer, Mechanical Assemblies

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.


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Propulsion Manufacturing Engineer


Position Summary 

Virgin Orbit (VO) is seeking a new member for our team to serve as a Propulsion Manufacturing Engineer. If you join us in this position, you will assist in building propulsion 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. This is a full-time position at our rocket factory in beautiful Long Beach, California.


Your Mission

  • Ensure a high level of process control is achieved through clear process specifications, work orders, and process design
  • Assist with implementation of process improvements to reduce build cost and achieve quality targets
  • Assist with facility layout for propulsion production and test processes, ensuring detailed planning is done to support cost and rate targets
  • 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

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

  • Bachelor’s Degree in aerospace, mechanical or an equivalent relevant field
  • Minimum of 3+ years of experience as a manufacturing/process engineer or equivalent
  • Manufacturing engineering experience with complex discrete mechanical assemblies and sub-assemblies (propulsion-specific experience a plus but not required)
  • 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 able to work all shifts and available for overtime as well as weekends when (occasionally) needed
  • 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...

  • Engineering experience with any of the following are a plus but not required:
  • Propellant management and pressurization systems
  • Fluid systems and fluid system components, including valves and tubing
  • Handling COPVs or other composite structures a plus
  • Building and testing propulsion or fluid systems a plus
  • Demonstrated experience transitioning products from prototype manufacturing through volume production including Design for Manufacture and Assembly
  • Knowledge and understanding of lean manufacturing and its application to low and medium volume production programs
  • Experience with Siemens NX/Teamcenter, Oracle and Solumina is a plus
  • Familiar with the use of PFMEAs to reduce risk to the manufacturing process


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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