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Avionics Technician, 2nd Shift (Mojave)

Company: Virgin Orbit, LLC
Location: Mojave
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Mojave, CA





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 an Avionics Technician, 2nd Shift (Mojave) to support our engineering development for a brand new vehicle. This role is for a hands-on person with great attention to detail and excellent people skills. This is a full-time position at Virgin Orbit's rocket test site facility in Mojave, California.

  • Understand and interpret electrical schematics and mechanical assembly drawings for PCBAs and harnesses.
  • Support debug PCBA’s with test equipment including Oscilloscopes, Multi Meters, power supplies, etc, perform surface mount assembly including removal and replacement of components.
  • Fabricate harnesses to support engineering development tests and troubleshooting.
  • Perform functional testing engineering setups and hardware using both manual and automated tests setup, evaluating analog, digital and RF signals.
  • Support from engineering development to production including assembly and test.
  • Support functional test through environmental testing including thermal, vibe, TVac, etc, as well as the transition to production personnel.
  • Help assembly new designs including PCBAs, test harnesses, test boxes and test racks – this will include soldering, cutting and crimping harnesses, building mechanical assemblies and  as well as fabricating and modifying metal and plastic enclosures.
  • Perform checkouts on test assemblies to ensure proper functionality.
  • Use lessons learned to provide feedback to engineering to improve designs and processes and to write assembly and test procedures.
  • Help Virgin Orbit do our part to make the world a better place
  • Constantly learn new things—and share them with your team members

If you want to join us, you’d better have all of these…  

  • HS Diploma or GED required
  • Minimum of 2+ years of related experience as an Avionics Technician.

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

  • Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering.
  • 5+ years’ experience in related field.
  • Strong electrical and RF theoretical skills are required.
  • Familiarity with manual operation of test equipment with no automated control.
  • Able to assemble and troubleshoot PCBA’s to component level and to assemble, test and troubleshoot harnesses.
  • Able to operate environmental test equipment, such as thermal chambers.
  • Must be able to use power tools for modifying mechanical assemblies, such as power drills, table saws, etc.
  • Must be able to interpret electronic and harness schematics.
  • Must be able to operate standard electronics lab equipment, including Oscilloscope’s, Multi Meters, Logic Analyzers, Signal Generators, Power Supplies, etc.
  • Experienced in basic office software such as Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Must have great communication abilities to work well with engineering and production.

 Physical and/or Additional Requirements

  • 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 40lbs (unassisted). 

 *The Employer retains the right to change or assign other duties to this position.


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!”

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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.

Keywords: Virgin Orbit, LLC, Lancaster , Avionics Technician, 2nd Shift (Mojave), Other , Mojave, California

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