Propulsion Test Engineer (Future Consideration)

Company Details

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.

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.

Position Summary

Virgin Orbit (VO) is seeking a new member for our team to serve as a Propulsion Test Engineer (Future Consideration) for the LauncherOne small satellite launch program. The primary role of this position involves testing hardware from development stages through acceptance for flight, and from component level to complete stage testing. Candidate will be performing rocket engine and vehicle systems testing at our test site in Mojave, CA. 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 Mojave, California.
Your Mission

Propulsion System Development

  • Knowledge of aerospace propulsion system and component test process and principles. Knowledge base should include test process, and industry standards and practices as well as fundamental design principles
  • Knowledge of thermodynamic principles as applied to cryogenics and high pressure systems, to ensure test facilities can deliver physical parameters defined for each engine system or component
  • Knowledge of safety principles and best practices while working in an industrial environment with high pressure fluids and cryogenics
  • Perform fundamental fluid flow, heat transfer and structural analysis to contribute to the design and development of new propulsion test facilities
  • Write test plans, test procedures and maintain configuration management system
  • Act as a member of a test team to operate tests from remote control room
  • Perform data analysis and prepare data reviews and reports to evaluate test facility performance
  • Work with technicians in the field to assemble test stands and prepare test articles prior to testing
  • Coordinate with technicians to operate high pressure cryogenic facilities to prepare test facility for testing
  • Work with design and development engineers to define, coordinate and control the functional and physical interfaces between the propulsion system and the launch vehicle
  • Define and support certification tests for propulsion sub-systems and components. Support fielded systems to assure continued reliability
  • 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…

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering
  • Certifications or similar within aerospace, aviation or automotive
  • 2+ years of experience working in a propulsion component or systems testing environment
  • 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
  • Will be required to drive his/her own insured vehicle onto test site
  • Must be able to work all shifts and available for overtime as well as weekends when needed
  • Must be able to stand for extended periods – 8 hours min
  • Must be able to stoop, bend, crawl, and being able to maneuver in tight spaces
  • Physically able to handle items weighing up to 30lbs (unassisted)

… and you should probably have a bunch of these, too.

  • Experience working with high pressure systems and/or cryogenic systems desired.
  • Knowledge of liquid aerospace propulsion systems or pressurized system manufacturing processes and test & integration procedures.
  • General dimensioning and tolerance skills through experience and/or formal training.
  • Passion for space exploration and a firm belief in the utility of affordable access to space
  • Ability to thrive as a ‘one person team’

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. In the words of Sir Richard Branson “We believe it’s better to have a hole in your team than an asshole in your team!”

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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