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Water Jet Operator, Second Shift



hawthorne, ca, usa
Posted on Friday, July 21, 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 Water Jet Operator, reporting to the Manager of Machining. This will be a full-time, non-exempt position located in our Hawthorne location. As a Water Jet Operator, you will be responsible for operating and maintaining waterjet cutting machines to produce high-quality precision parts and components. You will work closely with the CNC programming team to understand job requirements and ensure timely and accurate execution of waterjet cutting tasks.


  • Operate and maintain waterjet cutting machines to perform cutting, shaping, and profiling of various materials.
  • Review work orders, blueprints, or CAD files to determine appropriate cutting specifications and techniques.
  • Set up and load materials onto the waterjet machine, ensuring proper alignment and secure clamping.
  • Program waterjet cutting paths and parameters based on job requirements, utilizing CNC controls and software.
  • Monitor and adjust cutting parameters, including speed, pressure, and abrasive flow, to ensure optimal results.
  • Conduct regular inspections of cutting heads, nozzles, and abrasive delivery systems, performing necessary maintenance and repairs.
  • Measure and inspect finished parts using precision measuring tools to ensure adherence to specifications and quality standards.
  • Troubleshoot and resolve issues related to machine performance, tooling, or cutting process, escalating complex problems to the supervisor.
  • Maintain a clean and organized work area, following safety protocols and guidelines at all times.
  • Adhere to production schedules and meet assigned deadlines for the completion of waterjet cutting tasks.
  • Collaborate with the CNC programming team to provide feedback and suggestions for process optimization and improvements.
  • Document work activities, including material usage, machine setup details, and production quantities, accurately and timely.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalency certificate.

Preferred Skills & Experience:

  • Technical or vocational training in machine operation or related field is preferred.
  • Proven experience as a Waterjet Operator or similar role, demonstrating proficiency in operating and maintaining waterjet cutting machines.
  • Strong knowledge of CNC controls, programming, and tooling for waterjet cutting.
  • Familiarity with reading blueprints, technical drawings, and CAD files.
  • Proficiency in using precision measuring tools, such as calipers, micrometers, and height gauges.
  • Ability to interpret job specifications and understand cutting requirements.
  • Excellent attention to detail and ability to maintain accuracy in work.
  • Strong mechanical aptitude and troubleshooting skills.
  • Basic computer skills for data entry and machine control.
  • Good communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Physically fit and able to lift heavy materials and operate machinery safely

Additional Requirements:

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