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Mechanical 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.

As a mechanical engineer, you will be a part of Andre Ivankovic’s team, supporting Vast's E-2 liquid rocket engine development program. Manufacture (additive and traditional), design, build and test propulsion components and a fully integrated engine.

We have the ambitious goal for E-2 to be the world’s highest-performing engine for small launchers, while optimized for mass production and low cost.
You’ll have unique exposure to high-performance, single-shaft, staged combustion turbopump designs imported from Ukraine which have been manufactured and tested in the USA.
You will join a program with existing momentum which so far has (a) produced and successfully tested a full turbopump assembly, (b) produced and successfully tested a thrust chamber assembly on our test stand located at NASA Stennis Space Center, (c) produced and is currently testing a preburner.
You will be a key team member helping complete the development of our E-2 engine to a completed and reliable high-performance product (upcoming projects include: engine valves and plumbing, integrated engine long-duration testing, gimbal and actuators, onboard tanks, avionics, engine controller, wiring harness, final packaging design, flight weight reductions).
  • Manufacturing:
    • Work with our internal manufacturing team and external vendors to create finished E-2 parts.
    • Support parts through 3d-printing, machining, post-processing, and inspection.
    • Incorporate feedback to improve design for manufacturing.
  • Design:
    • Work with our team and Chief Designer Igor Nikishchenko to advance the design of E-2.
    • Create models and drawings of parts and assemblies.
    • Perform calculations and analyses with team support.
  • Assembly:
    • Work with our team to build propulsion component assemblies and the full engine to test at NASA Stennis Space Center.
  • Documentation:
    • Write procedures, work instructions, and document processes.
  • Testing:
    • Conduct tests of propulsion components and the full engine with our team at NASA Stennis Center.
    • Build out the Vast E-2 Test Stand for full engine testing and maintain the stand.
    • Troubleshoot fluid systems involving pressurized cylinders, regulators, tanks, valves, tubing, fittings, and other plumbing elements.
    • Work with the avionics team to properly integrate sensors and actuators into test stands.
  • 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.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline.
  • 2+ years of CAD experience (NX preferred).
  • Valid driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to work as a teammate and independently to achieve ambitious goals.
  • Hands-on engineering (Full-stack: computer to wrench to broom).
  • Communication (Written, visual, slides).
  • 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.
  • Must be willing to spend 50% of their time at NASA Stennis Space Center (Fully paid travel and hotel while there).
  • Must have a strong personal projects engineering portfolio (CAD, CAM, software, documentation).
  • Able to lift 35 lbs unassisted.
  • Able to stand for extended periods.
  • Work in an outdoor environment exposed to extreme weather conditions.
  • Flexibility to work overtime and adapt to a varying schedule.

Optional Skills and Experience

  • 2+ years of industry experience with rocket engine or fluid system design, development, fabrication, assembly, or test (internships included.)
  • CFD, FEA (Ansys.)
  • DAQs & Labview.
  • CAM.
  • Coding (MATLAB, C++, javascript, C, Arduino.)
  • General ‘making’ skills (Machining, CNC, welding, assembly.)
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.