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Machinist, Lathe Programmer



Software 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 is looking for a CNC Mill Machinist, Set-up/Operator to support the machining and development of our products: E-2 Engine, Orbiter, and Haven-1. As a machinist, you will manufacture parts from billet material and additively manufactured hardware. Our team uses manual lathes and lathes with y-axis and live turning capabilities.

Shift Schedules:

  • First Shift: 6AM-3:30PM
  • Second Shift: 3PM-12:30AM


  • Help with ordering of tooling
  • Work with tooling suppliers to determine the best tool for the job
  • Understand how to ramp parts from FAI to production
  • Reduce machine time per part when possible
  • Increase number of parts per cycle
  • Procure tooling necessary for jobs
  • Effectively work as a team and pass on workload to the following shift

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 10+ years of CNC machining experience and 5+ years of programming experience
  • High school diploma or equivalency certificate
  • Ability to work overtime and weekends as needed

Preferred Skills and Experiences:

  • Working knowledge of GD&T
  • Familiarity with inspection tools
  • Understanding of CAD and CAM software
  • Understand feeds and speeds
  • Understand the production drive and appropriately name programs
  • Knowledge of Gcode
  • Strong Mechanical aptitude
  • Ability to run up to 2 machines with an uptime of 70%
  • Ability to deburr all parts to ensure quality parts
  • Strong oral and written communication
  • College or Trade school certificate
  • Working with AM parts
  • Relevant Lathe setup Y axis Live tooling experience
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.