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Tooling Engineer, Haven



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.

As a Vast Tooling Engineer, you will be responsible for designing tools that bring our Haven space station from CAD to in-tolerance reality. Successful candidates are self starters and expected to take ownership from concept through to implementation and first part production. Vast has opportunities for tooling and manufacturing engineers with experience in weld fixtures, sheet metal forming, weld inspection, integration tooling, structural testing, and transportation fixtures.


  • Identify, propose, and lead tooling design and specifications while working with end customer engineering team and manufacturing technicians.
  • Develop and document tooling requirements from various stakeholders such as vehicle design team, test team and integration team.
  • Manage schedule on assigned projects including critical next steps, deadlines, and outcome.
  • Manage vendor relationships and coordinate meetings to identify new technologies and how they can be applied to Vast’s cutting edge applications.
  • Develop, test, and implement tool improvements to yield time savings or tolerance improvements.
  • Coordinate tooling modifications related to part, production, or other changes.
  • Work closely with engineering stakeholders and technicians to solve production-related issues.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • BS in mechanical or manufacturing engineering or other engineering discipline.
  • 3+ years of experience in aerospace or automotive tooling.
  • 3+ years of experience in NX or other CAD package.

Preferred Skills & Experience:

  • GD&T.
  • Work orders and assembly instructions.
  • Desire to work hands-on with technicians.
  • Sheet metal fabrication.
  • Compound curve sheet metal forming.
  • Thin Stainless Steel welding.
  • Design of pneumatic, electrical, or hydraulic motion systems.
  • Critical lifting and break overs fixtures.
  • Thin sheet weld design.
  • Integration tooling design.

Additional Requirements:

  • Willingness to work overtime, or weekends to support critical mission milestones
  • Ability to lift up to 25lbs
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.