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Avionics Manufacturing Engineer



Software Engineering
Long Beach, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, August 18, 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 an Avionics Manufacturing Engineer, reporting to the Vice President of 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.

As an Avionics Manufacturing Engineer, you will play a crucial role in the development and manufacturing of advanced avionics systems for our portfolio of space products, including liquid rocket engines and a commercial space station. You will collaborate with cross-functional teams of design/test engineers and technicians to ensure the successful manufacturing, assembly, and integration of avionics components and wire harnesses, contributing to the overall success of the business.


  • Collaborate with design teams to provide input on the manufacturability and assembly processes of avionics components and wire harnesses.
  • Develop and optimize manufacturing processes and onboard equipment for avionics systems, considering factors such as efficiency, quality, and cost-effectiveness.
  • Create and maintain detailed manufacturing plans, assembly procedures, and work instructions to ensure consistent and accurate production of avionics systems.
  • Identify and resolve manufacturing challenges by conducting root cause analysis and implementing corrective actions.
  • Work closely with suppliers to ensure timely delivery of high-quality avionics components, reviewing and approving supplier manufacturing processes.
  • Perform hands-on assembly, integration, and testing of avionics systems, ensuring compliance with engineering specifications and industry standards.
  • Participate in design reviews, providing valuable insights to improve the manufacturability and reliability of avionics components.
  • Collaborate with quality assurance teams to establish and maintain rigorous quality control processes for avionics manufacturing.
  • Contribute to continuous improvement initiatives, identifying opportunities to enhance manufacturing efficiency, reduce waste, and improve overall product quality.
  • Stay up-to-date with industry trends, emerging technologies, and best practices in avionics manufacturing to drive innovation within the company.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or a related field.
  • 5 + years of experience in manufacturing engineering, preferably in the aerospace or avionics industry.

Preferred Skills & Experience:

  • Strong understanding of avionics systems, electronics manufacturing processes, and assembly techniques.
  • Proficiency in CAD software (such as Siemens NX) for reviewing designs and creating manufacturing documentation.
  • Familiarity with industry standards and regulations relevant to avionics manufacturing, such as IPC standards.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to perform root cause analysis.
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills, with the ability to work effectively in cross- functional teams.
  • Hands-on experience with testing and troubleshooting avionics systems is desirable.
  • Knowledge of lean manufacturing principles and Six Sigma methodologies is a plus.
  • Strong attention to detail and a commitment to producing high-quality work.

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.