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Orbex Space

Orbex Space

Copenhagen, Denmark · 2650 Hvidovre, Denmark
Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2024
At Orbex we are looking for a Manufacturing Engineer that will become a critical technical link between our design engineering team, to work as part of our team developing and manufacturing our 3D printed rocket engine and turbo-machinery.

Your role will involve providing engineering support for standard series production, repairs, and retrofits, primarily for propulsion engines and exploring new technologies and manufacturing processes.

This is an exciting time to join Orbex and to directly contribute to the maiden launch of Orbex Prime.


Orbex is a leading micro-launch company with our Prime vehicle being prepared to launch from our home spaceport, Sutherland Spaceport. We are well placed to be one of the first operational micro-launch companies in Europe with over €122m of project financing secured, a number of customers signed up, our launch licence application submitted, and backing from organisations including UKSA and ESA.

We are a rapidly growing company with staff located between our production and test facilities in Forres, Scotland and Copenhagen, Denmark. Working on cutting-edge advances in rocket fuel technology, Prime’s carbon footprint is up to 96% lower than comparable vehicles, leading to innovations in propulsion and tank structures.

A state-of-the-art re-flight system means we can recover and reuse our technology, and innovations in separation mechanisms mean we leave no debris in space.

Having developed in-house production capability, we can 3D print complex engines, produce full-scale carbon composite fuel tanks, and have avionics and software testing labs in both Scotland and Denmark. Based in Denmark, you will be right in the heart of this fast-paced innovative company, gaining a unique insight into what it takes to build a new launch vehicle for a buoyant commercial market.

Orbex is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is working towards a more diverse workforce in the aerospace industry.

The Position
The position includes the following tasks and responsibilities:
  • New Product introduction – Serving as the technical link between design engineering and manufacturing operations
  • Creation and maintenance of effective production working instructions with the related quality control points
  • Defining and maintaining in-house production specifications, SOP and SOIs
  • Working with the design teams to establish manufacturing readiness review data packs
  • Contribute to production planning, first article delivery and continuous improvements
  • Supporting the Tooling design, acceptance process and coordination with Design authority
  • Specifying and procuring manufacturing equipment and consumable items for production
  • Coordinating with local and international suppliers, and owning the relationship from sourcing to product
  • Collaborate with QA teams to conduct inspection and audits, identifying and addressing non- conformities
  • Ensure proper maintenance of equipment to meet manufacturing standards
Key Qualifications and Experience
  • Educational Background in a relevant engineering discipline, like Manufacturing, Aerospace, Mechanical Engineering and similar
  • Mix of Manufacturing and Supply Chain background would be ideal, likely from within aerospace, defence or motorsport, drones, UAVs etc
  • Strong knowledge of materials and their properties, specifically relating to metal machining, including high performance nickel-based alloys, aluminium and copper chromium zirconium
  • Sound working knowledge of manual and automated production, inspection and integration techniques including mechanical and additive manufacturing experience
  • Familiarity with 3D CAD software (SolidWorks, CATIA preferred)
  • End to End experience in coordinating and managing suppliers
  • In this role you will need to confidently engage with our internal teams, external suppliers and stakeholders, therefore ideally, you will be fluent in Danish and English

Desirable Experience:
  • Familiarity with materials, processes and standards for aerospace and space applications
  • Knowledge of non-destructive inspection techniques
  • Additive manufacturing experience
  • Experience implementing capital investment projects in the production environment
  • Working knowledge of ERP/PLM systems
  • Knowledge of surface finishing methods and treatments, composite and metallics

Orbex is a high-paced, startup culture where you will be encouraged to take assume responsibility for tasks and see them through.
It is imperative that you take initiative, communicate openly, and can collaborate with technical and non-technical team members.
You must be able to thrive in an international, diverse, and multicultural environment.


This role is based in Copenhagen at Orbex’s Danish propulsion engineering and manufacturing site.

You will be spending time both at the factory and our nearby rocket engine testing site, with occasional travel to our main factory, test and launch sites in Scotland.

Copenhagen is one of Europe's most modern and aesthetically interesting cities. It is regarded as being one of the most livable cities in the world, with a strong reputation for being clean, green and sustainable.

With a huge, active waterfront and a lively social scene, Copenhagen offers a wide range of social activities and leisure opportunities, all with a uniquely Scandinavian flair. Activities include cycling and sailing, and the centre of the city is famed for it's cultural highlights.


You must be a UK or European citizen or from a country that is a signatory to the MTCR convention. You will be required to obtain CTC clearance for the role.


For the right candidate, we offer an excellent benefits package that includes:
  • Competitive salary
  • An enhanced vacation policy
  • An equity stake in the company so you will really benefit from your hard work as the company grows and is successful