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.
Virgin Orbit (VO) is seeking a Lead Propulsion Technician who possess a combination of strong mechanical knowledge, hand-on experience and ability to adapt and respond to changing work situation and environment. The Lead Propulsion Technician is responsible for leading a crew of technicians to accomplish daily goals and rocket testing in Mojave, CA.
- Manage team of technicians ensuring daily tasks are clearly defined and executed to meet test schedule
- Mentor technicians through motivation and guidance to help them achieve their goals
- Provide hands-on support for building, installing, maintaining and troubleshooting equipment such as pumps, tanks, valves, regulators, relief valves, and plumbing related to the LOX, RP-1, Helium, Nitrogen, and Ground Support System.
- Must be capable of troubleshooting electrical and mechanical components
- Work closely with manufacturing and design engineering to improve processes and product design
- Ability to follow procedures and create a safe working environment
- Strong team player with excellent interpersonal, coaching, and leadership skills
- Ability to train and lead team members, be willing to lead by example and jump in to help when required
- Must be proactive, always looking to improve the workplace, including safety and processes required for day-to-day operation
What you bring
If you want to join us, you’d better have all of these…
- High School diploma or GED
- At least 5 years of experience in fluid system, electrical and/or operation
- Previous leadership experience a plus
- Experience working around high pressure system
- Certification or similar within aerospace, aviation or automotive
- 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 shift and available for overtime as well as weekends when needed
- Must be able to stand for extended periods- 8 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)
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.
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!”
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