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Principal Vehicle Engineering Mechanical Engineer

Company: Virgin Orbit
Location: Long Beach
Posted on: March 16, 2023

Job Description:

Long Beach, CA
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.
At Virgin Orbit, we are opening space for good. Search all of our job openings on our career portal.
Principal Mechanical Engineer, Vehicle Engineering
Position Summary
Virgin Orbit (VO) is seeking a new member for our team to serve as a Principal Mechanical Engineer, Vehicle Engineering. In this position, you will develop structural/mechanical hardware and systems on the LauncherOne small satellite launch program and act as a technical expert. Ownership is "cradle-to-grave", where you will serve as the Responsible Engineer for a project, with a high level of ownership and responsibility, from requirements setting, through design, analysis, production, and testing, to integration and flight.
Hardware ownership can include items such as primary and secondary structures, mechanisms, propulsion routings and separation systems, as well as associated high-level layouts. It's not unusual for our engineers to find themselves out on the floor (or at the launch site) solving exciting problems one week, and then back in the office designing/analyzing novel, light-weight hardware the next.Leadership includes a key role working with various technologies for system level decisions and problem solving, representing Vehicle Engineering in critical reviews, and mentoring less experienced Engineers.
If you are an experienced Engineer in a traditional strength analysis role and are looking for an opportunity to expand your wings - this could be for you. Virgin Orbit is in the process of improving vehicle performance through targeted redesign and requalification tasks, placing emphasis on a strong structural analysis background. This is a Full-time position at our rocket factory in beautiful Long Beach, California.
Your Part of the Mission

  • Design, analysis and qualification of carbon-epoxy and metallic vehicle structures

  • Develop a variety of other vehicle structural elements and configurations in concert with other engineering disciplines

  • Assist in the development of manufacturing, integration, and test processes and procedures

  • Act as a technical leader and mentor for strength analysis and analysis methodologies

  • Support launch and mission operations

  • 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

    Minimum Qualifications

    • Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering or sother engineering discipline

    • 8+ years of structural and mechanical design experience in in a manufacturing environment, especially where mass and cost are critical

    • Passion for space exploration and a firm belief in the utility of affordable access to space

    • Ability and desire to perform in a fast-paced, rapidly changing work environment

    • Self-driven, highly motivated, and committed to improvement, inter-team communication skills, and attention to detail

      Preferred Qualifications

      • Strong background in strength analysis methods, especially for pressurized and unpressurized cylindrical structures

      • Expertise in the practical design of carbon fiber composites for aerospace structures

      • Expertise in Finite Element Analysis using industry tools such as NASTRAN, FEMAP and ABAQUS

      • Knowledge of design, analysis, fabrication and test of composite structures, of metallic structures, and of mechanisms

      • Expertise in computer aided design (CAD) in a controlled environment, both modeling and drafting skills, especially using NX/Teamcenter

      • Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T)

      • 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

        Additional Qualifications

        • 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

          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.
            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.
            iCIMS Req Number: 2023-7523
            FLSA Status: Exempt
            Office Environment: Hybrid
            External Company URL: https://virginorbit.com/careers/
            Street: 4022 East Conant Street

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