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Avionics Technician



Long Beach, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2023

Vast was founded to expand humanity's frontier into the solar system and beyond. We believe that the next step on that journey is enabling manufacturing and habitation in LEO. We are building artificial gravity space stations to make this a reality. If you want to join a team that builds amazing things with the most talented people on Earth, please reach out.

Vast is looking for an Avionics Technician to join our team! As an Avionics Technician, you will work closely with our engineering teams to execute highly technical electrical builds for Orbiter.


  • Assist avionics engineering by rapidly iterating electronic components and cables
  • Construct superior wire cables, perform PCB assembly rework, assemble, and test racks/systems, electro-mechanical units, engineering enclosures, and test equipment
  • Create and record testing systems and cable diagrams according to engineer-selected testing gear
  • Collaborate closely with engineering to transform concepts into reality
  • Monitor one's own work progress against established standards and deliver all work on schedule
  • Examine, interpret, and use drawings and regulated documentation and procedures
  • Understand intricate cable harnesses, wiring diagrams, mechanical and layout drawings, and geometric dimensioning and tolerancing
  • Verify flight hardware and thoroughly document outcomes
  • Aid in developing manufacturing processes for initial production runs
  • Contribute to projects aimed at increasing operational efficiency in the area

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalency certificate
  • 3+ years of experience manufacturing wire harnesses in commercial, automotive, or aerospace industry
  • 2+ years of experience using electronics equipment (e.g. programmable power supplies, DMMs, oscilloscopes, etc.)
  • 5+ years of experience using basic mechanical and/or electronics hand tools

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Possession of an associate degree
  • Previous involvement in a high-speed production environment, handling flight hardware
  • Prior involvement in a high-output environment, involving hands-on experience in constructing cables, electro-mechanical devices, or building prototypes
  • Ability to acclimate to frequently changing assignments and a fast-paced working environment
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, along with effective teamwork abilities
  • Superb focus and attention to detail, with remarkable work efficiency and accuracy
  • Experience with soldering PCBAs, including soldering in tight spaces such as 0402 packages and high-density ICs, installing jumpers, and performing dead-bugging
  • Expertise in manufacturing and repairing intricate testing systems
  • Familiarity with Atlassian tools such as SVN, Confluence, and JIRA
  • Basic comprehension of electronic principles and theory
  • Qualifications in NASA STD 8739.4, IPC-620, and J-STD-001
  • Skills in project management.
To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here.
Vast is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with Vast 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, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.