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Electrical Engineer, E-2 Development



Other Engineering
hawthorne, 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 Space is looking for an Electrical Engineer to join our E-2 Engine Development team. We strive to create the world's highest performing engine for small launchers, while optimizing for production and low cost. You will join a team with exciting momentum that has produced and successfully tested a full turbo-pump assembly, thrust chamber assembly, and oxygen-rich pre-burner. You will be a key member who will help develop electronics for a fully integrated engine and test stand.


  • Responsible Engineer for E-2 test stand and development engine electronics
  • Procure, calibrate, install, and troubleshoot instrumentation for E-2 test stand and engine
  • Improve and troubleshoot test stand ECU and DAQ
  • Integrate flight computer and integrated power bus into E-2 test stand then engine
  • Design circuit boards and electronics for various test stand and engine needs
  • Integrate throttle motors with circuit boards and control system on engine
  • Responsible for wiring harness and mounting avionics on E-2 engine and test stand
  • Create electronics schematics and models/drawings of parts and assemblies. Perform calculations and analyses with team support
  • Work with our team to build propulsion component assemblies and the full engine to test at NASA Stennis Space Center
  • Create schematics; write procedures, work instructions, and document processes
  • Conduct tests of propulsion components and the full engine with our team at NASA Stennis Center
  • Communicate effectively with entire team to regularly provide updates on progress and issues
  • Always follow proper safety procedures and wear personal protective equipment in the workplace

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline
  • 1+ years of experience with electronics design, development, fabrication, assembly, or test (internships included)

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Ability to work as a teammate and independently to achieve ambitious goals
  • Hands-on engineering (Full-stack: computer to wrench to broom)
  • Electronics and circuit boards
  • Communication (Written, visual, slides)
  • Coding (MATLAB, C++, javascript, C, Arduino)
  • CAD (NX preferred)
  • Geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T)
  • Problem-solving
  • Capable to grow positive, respectful, and professional relationships
  • Willing to make mistakes, take responsibilities, work independently and be transparent about your work

Additional RequirementsL

  • Must be willing to travel (up to 50%) to NASA Stennis Space Center
  • Able to lift 25 lbs unassisted
  • Work in an outdoor environment exposed to extreme weather conditions
  • Flexibility to work overtime and adapt to a varying schedule to support critical mission milestones
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.