Virgin Orbit, LLC

Propulsion Advanced Manufacturing Engineer – DED Hybrid

Job Locations US-CA-Long Beach
Req No.
2022-7407
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 launch the small satellite revolution, accessing space for missions that were previously unimaginable and fostering new ideas and technologies to create a truly spacefaring civilization. We deliver Virgin’s legendary customer service by pairing technological advancements with a clear focus on our customers’ needs. We build a workplace and a workforce for the future, knowing that our decisions and investments of today will launch the industries of tomorrow. We engage a diverse and inclusive community of dreamers and achievers in a shared mission to access space to improve life on Earth. At Virgin Orbit, we boost imagination. Search all of our job openings on our career portal.

 

Help Virgin Orbit build “impossible” parts quickly, efficiently, and then send them to space!

Virgin Orbit (VO) is seeking a new member for our team to serve as a Propulsion Advanced Manufacturing Engineer.  If you join us in this position, you will be responsible for leading in the development of cutting edge manufacturing technologies to build rocket engine hardware faster, cheaper, and better than ever before. This work includes opportunities for design, manufacturing process development, and hardware functional testing to support the Propulsion department. You will also help draft procedures for the purposes of transitioning Directed Energy Deposition (DED) additive R&D hardware to flight qualification. This role will report to the Propulsion Advanced Manufacturing manager. You will need 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

  • Develop and qualify rocket engine manufacturing techniques on some of the largest and most capable DED metal additive/hybrid CNC systems in the world.
  • Work in tandem with Production Engineering to bridge the gap between R&D and Flight hardware by establishing the processes necessary to flight certify uniquely manufactured propulsion components.
  • Support ongoing efforts to streamline development manufacturing responsiveness
  • Advise fellow engineers on design for manufacturing decisions including modeling and drawing best practices.
  • Foster an environment within Virgin Orbit that emphasizes safe and thorough execution of new manufacturing processes for both personnel and machine tools.
  • 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...

  • 3+ years of operating, programming, and/or troubleshooting 5-axis CNC machines.
  • Experience in reading, interpreting, and editing machine code for multi-axis CNC machines.
  • A solid understanding of GD&T practices and how they can be best harnessed to optimize manufacturability of designs
  • 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 stand for extended periods – 4 hours minimum
  • Must be able to stoop, bend, crawl, and being able to maneuver in tight spaces
  • Physically able to handle items weighing up to 25lbs (unassisted)
  • Must be a U.S. person as defined by the ITAR (22 CFR §120.15)
  • 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.

  • Familiarity with Siemens Sinumerik 840d CNC systems
  • Experience in CAM software for multi-axis CNC machines (Siemens-based preferred)
  • Experience in CAD modeling
  • Understanding of advantages and disadvantages of various aerospace-grade metal alloys commonly used for space launch vehicles.
  • Strong ability to quickly turnaround competently written technical reports for consumption of other team members.
  • Passion for space exploration and a firm belief in the utility of affordable access to space
  • Ability to thrive as a ‘one person team’

Salary Range

$85,000 - $115,000

Total Rewards at Virgin Orbit

At Virgin Orbit, we are STRAIGHT UP, which means we encourage honest and transparent communication. Our goal is to help you interpret the pay range you see and understand that compensation is much more than simply base pay.  Individual compensation packages are based on candidate-unique attributes, including, but not limited to, skills, experience, qualifications, and other job-related factors.  Cash compensation is only part of the total reward package, and the range reflects a strong market-based salary.  Some jobs may also be eligible for bonus, overtime pay, weekend work compensation and differentials.  In addition to cash compensation, all Virgin Orbit teammates are eligible for equity which includes stock options and/or RSUs (Restricted Stock Units) and an Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP). 

 

At Virgin Orbit, you work alongside some of the best and brightest, on the coolest premier dedicated small satellite launch service.  We also know that benefits and belonging are an important piece of your total rewards package.  At Virgin Orbit we offer some of the best around:

 

  • Robust time off with holiday shut down between Christmas and New Year
  • Better than market 401k including a Safe Harbor plan
  • Superior health and welfare benefits offering an average 90% of benefits premiums paid, including some plans with zero employee contributions
  • Financial wellness through Northstar which includes your personal financial advisor
  • Paid parental leave
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • A variety of optional benefits such as pet insurance and discounts, and remote and/or hybrid opportunity for some positions
  • Health Reimbursement program providing up to $3,000 max per year for eligible teammates 
  • Employee Resource Groups, Virgin cultural gatherings and success celebrations, professional growth opportunities, and more!

At Virgin Orbit, pay and total rewards is about offering competitive programs for any stage of your life and career. We constantly look for opportunities to enhance our programs and reward our teammates and we update our benefits offerings regularly.

Other Requirements:

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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