SOFI/TPS Specialist

Company Details

The Premier Dedicated Small Satellite Launch Service

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.

Position Summary 

Virgin Orbit (VO) is seeking a new member for our team to serve as a SOFI/TPS Specialist.  This role is for a hands-on person with great attention to detail and excellent people skills.  As the SOFI/TPS Specialist you will work to develop, implement and improve our SOFI/TPS application processes.  You should also have an understanding of industry standards and practices for the LauncherOne small satellite launch program. This is a full-time position at our rocket factory in beautiful Long Beach, California.

Your Mission

  • Work with the production manager and engineering to develop and improve the SOFI application process, facilities and equipment.
  • Develop and maintain SOFI training requirements and administer training to technicians assigned to the SOFI team.
  • Write technical documentation associated with SOFI processes and training.
  • Responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of SOFI booth and equipment.
  • Monitor output and assess root cause for issues associated with output and quality not meeting expectation.
  • 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…

  • High School Degree or equivalent.
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience working in aerospace, aviation or automotive manufacturing required.
  • Extensive hands-on experience with the application of SOFI material.
  • Extensive hands-on experience with application of TPS materials.
  • Experience with electronic MES Systems for work orders and shop floor execution


  • Creative problem solver with the ability to work in multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Excellent interpersonal and teaching skills.
  • Must be able to work overtime when needed to support business requirements.
  • Must be able to stand for extended periods – 8 hours minimum.
  • Physically able to handle items weighing up to 25lbs (unassisted).
  • Valid CA driver’s required with clean driving record.
  • 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 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 working with composite materials manufacturing.
  • Experienced with Microsoft Excel, Word, and Powerpoint for reporting, data visualization and analysis, etc.
  • A proven history of flexibility, tenacity, and drive.
  • Experience with Siemens NX / TeamCenter and Oracle is a plus.
  • Passion for space exploration and a firm belief in the utility of affordable access to space
  • Ability to thrive as a ‘one person team’.
  • Ability to add something unique and positive to our team.
  • Generally high level of all-around awesomeness.

Tagged as: sofi material, mes systems, tps materials

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