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Precision Inspector, Second Shift



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 qualified CMM Programmer to join the growing Quality team!


  • Provide detailed inspections of close tolerance parts, in Development, Qualification, and Flight environments using detailed drawings, CAD models, and established processes to verify conformance to design requirements.

  • Strong knowledge of GD&T with ability to interpret Engineer Drawings, analyzes CMM outputs to ensure appropriate product development and configurations.

  • Develop CMM programs from engineer drawings, CAD models, operation instructions

  • Analyze lines of code ensuring CMM parameters are properly set.

  • Support dimensional tooling development and assist in the performance of gauge studies.

  • Operate dimensional inspection tools including Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMM) and optical comparators.

  • Communicate and help resolve quality related issues as they relate to other company products.

  • Routinely observe technical operations and offer guidance and/or serve as an additional technical resource.

  • Evaluate manufacturing compliance to NASA, range safety, and customer, as well as internal specifications to meet launch and mission requirements.

  • Effectively work with Engineering, Manufacturing, and Quality teams to ensure products meet and/or exceed customer requirements.

  • Read, interpret, and work from free form drawings as well as from controlled documentation and processes.

  • Independently perform verifications at all levels of manufacturing, and concisely documenting accurate inspection results.

  • Support any Quality Inspection requirements as needed to ensure the efficient and effective delivery of flight-worthy products.

  • Understand, utilize, develop, implement, maintain, and follow quality system procedures, processes, work instructions, guidelines, forms, etc.

  • Proactively supports the ISO process approach to maintaining an effective and efficient quality management system

  • Identify and document product anomalies in accordance with prescribed procedures.

  • Interface with engineering and production to resolve nonconforming material issues.

  • Assist in the development of root cause, corrective, and preventive action plans.

Basic Qualifications

  • High school diploma or equivalency certificate is required.

  • Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Must demonstrate unwavering integrity, and ethical commitment to Quality.

  • Must have 3+ years CMM Programming experience using PC-DMIS software.

  • Must have experience reading and interpreting design drawings and CAD models.

  • Must have experience performing dimensional inspections in the aerospace industry.

  • Must have a methodical approach to the evaluation of complex systems and assemblies

  • Must be able to work effectively in both collaborative and independent environments

  • Must demonstrate a professional and positive attitude, and be highly motivated to identify and contribute to continuous improvement plans and opportunities.

  • Must have experience with Quality Assurance principles, methods, and processes.

  • Must have experience reading and interpreting aerospace standards.

  • Must have experience using calibrated inspection tools.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Technology or related field.

  • Ability to effectively manage multiple tasks requiring a high attention to detail.

  • Ability to effectively demonstrate analytical problem-solving skills.

  • Adept at using technology effectively and efficiently to manage workload.

  • Ability to effectively demonstrate strong time management skills to coordinate multiple projects.

  • Intermediate skill-level with Windows operating systems.

  • Intermediate skill-level with Google business applications, ability to create documents, reports and briefing materials in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

  • Experience inspecting 3D printed hardware.

  • Experience assembling and testing manufactured hardware.

  • Experience performing electronic testing and inspections using portable measuring devices.

  • Experience inspecting solder, crimping, conformal coating, staking, wire harnessing, and surface mounted devices in accordance with NASA and/or IPC standards.

  • Ability to clearly articulate hardware and systems problems in order to initiate resolutions.

  • Substantial knowledge for the control of nonconforming hardware, failure/root cause analysis, corrective, and preventive action processes.

  • Knowledgeable with ISO 9001/AS9100 quality management systems.

  • Experience utilizing ERP software systems for shop floor work instructions and part trace systems

  • Ability to work independently with a strong work ethic, be innovative, detail oriented, possess initiative, and team oriented.

Additional Requirements

  • Must have a valid US Passport

  • Must be able to pass a background check and gain access to government facilities.

  • Must be willing to work all shifts, overtime, and/or weekends as needed.

  • Must be able to lift up to 25 lbs. unassisted.

  • Must be willing to travel up to 10%.

  • Must be able to climb ladders, stoop, bend, crawl, and work in tight spaces.

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.