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Manufacturing Engineer, Advanced Manufacturing



Long Beach, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, August 16, 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 Manufacturing Engineer, reporting to the Senior Manager of Advanced Manufacturing, to support the development of the systems that will be required for the design and build of artificial-gravity human-rated space stations. This will be a full-time, exempt position located in our Hawthorne location. The Manufacturing Engineer is responsible for the development, and testing of all aspects of the additive process with a focus on machines, de-powdering, and support removal processes.


  • Optimize and develop all aspects of the additive manufacturing process
  • Work with all engineering teams to develop additive manufacturing processes for new designs that leverage the full capability of the technology
  • Work with new machines from installation through troubleshooting, calibration, and maintenance, while developing standard operating procedures and communicating with machine suppliers to address needs and problems
  • Run RCA's on manufacturing issues and implement corrective actions
  • Produce reports, procedures, and manuals to document results to mature development processes for production
  • Work with all engineering teams to help develop reliable processes that help us meet our launch goals
  • Investigate and develop new additive technologies as it relates to business needs
  • Develop process and procedure controls to bring the department into AS9100D compliance

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in aeronautical, mechanical engineering, or other engineering discipline
  • 2+ years of experience in propulsions design or development of metallic additive technologies

Preferred Skills & Experience:

  • Deep knowledge of metal additive manufacturing technology
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to interface with engineering and manufacturing groups to understand process constraints and provide design inputs for improved manufacturability
  • Master’s degree in mechanical or manufacturing engineering
  • 2+ years of experience operating additive machines, including process control and verifications
  • Knowledge of NASA 6030 spec
  • Knowledge of AS9100D qualification processes
  • Knowledge of various additive and subtractive manufacturing and joining techniques for metals
  • Ability to perform trade studies using first principles and engineering fundamentals
  • Experience with NX, Solidworks
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to succinctly present recommendations
  • Passion for advancing additive manufacturing technology
  • Able to work well in an integrated collaborative team environment
  • Highly self-motivated and able to prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment

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.