Manufacturing and Quality  Control Engineer


Orbex is a leading micro-launch company with our Prime vehicle being prepared to launch from our home spaceport, Space Hub Sutherland. We are well placed to be one of the first operational micro-launch companies in Europe with over €85m 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 Forres, you will be right in the heart of this fast-paced cutting-edge company, gaining a unique insight into what it takes to build a new launch vehicle for a buoyant commercial market.

The Position 

Role and Responsibilities:

  • Use of CMM arm for parts and jig measuring and producing reports
  • implementation and management of inspection and certification control plans.
  • CMM programming.
  • Measurement data reporting
  • manufacturing support to the production areas with reference to quality issues.
  • ensuring procedures implemented or updated where appropriate.
  • measurement systems evaluation.
  • accomplishment of shop floor product sample and process audits to recognised schedule.
  • Contribute to production planning, first article delivery and continuous improvements.
  • Working with the design teams to establish manufacturing readiness review data packs.
  • Lead & coordinate testing programs across a variety of disciplines and test types.


Required Qualifications and Experience:

  • Experience operation of measurement arms and CMM equipment
  • Data post processing
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of GD and T
  • Familiarity with Composite CNC machining
  • Manual inspection
  • Strong knowledge of materials and their properties, specifically composites.
  • Sound working knowledge of manual and automated composite production, inspection and integration techniques including mechanical and bonded assembly.
  • Proactive and strong team player with excellent communication skills.
  • Familiarity with 3D CAD software (Solidworks, CATIA preferred)
  • Proven experience in a similar role, likely within aerospace, defence or motorsport.
  • Strong and proven organisation skills
  • Ability to understand and interpret engineering drawings, technical data and customer specific requirements including geometric tolerancing.
  • Working knowledge of ERP/PLM systems.

Desirable Qualifications and Experience:

  • NDT experience
  • UT Scanning Experience
  • Working with the design teams to establish manufacturing readiness review data packs.
  • Contribute to production planning, first article delivery and continuous improvements.
  • 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 Forres at Orbex’s headquarters.

Orbex Forres is located at the foot of the Scottish Highlands, near Inverness. It's close to the spectacular coastline, wild beaches and amazing wildlife of the Moray Firth, as well as being a short distance from the world famous Loch Ness, and Aviemore ski resort.

If you enjoy adventurous outdoor pursuits in extraordinary natural environments, the coast and highlands around Forres offer an ideal location.

Mountaineering, rock climbing, abseiling, hiking, mountain biking, cycling, camping, sailing, surfing, motorbiking and skiing are all within easy reach of our main UK factory, and many members of our team participate in adventure sports in the vast, beautiful settings of Sutherland.

If you enjoy drone flying, wildlife or landscape photography, some of the most spectacular vistas in the world are directly at your doorstep.


You must be a UK or European citizen or from a country that is a signatory to the MTCR convention. You may be required to undergo a UK BPSS check which includes a criminal record check. 


For the right candidate, we offer an excellent benefits package that includes:-

  • Competitive salary
  • An equity stake in the company so you will really benefit from your hard work as the company grows and is successful. 
  • Our roles need to be on-site in Scotland due to the nature of the position, export controls and security, but we are happy to sponsor visas for you and your family and provide relocation assistance as required.
  • Company Cycle to Work scheme
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Orbex Space
United Kingdom, Forres, Moray
Posted 5 months ago
Job offer closed
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