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Manufacturing Engineer, Fabrication and Structures



Long Beach, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, August 24, 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(n) 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.


  • Responsible for the build and inspection process for the assembly and integration of the Haven-1 primary structure as well as all structural work in the Fabrication department
  • Develop, qualify, and refine manufacturing processes, including: welding, trimming, shearing, rolling, bending, and more to meet all design and business requirements including safety, quality, efficiency and delivery
  • Document and standardize welding, assembly, and other processes and own the creation and modification of manufacturing planning
  • Collaborate with other engineers, subject matter experts, and technicians to solve large-scale production challenges
  • Work with design engineers to evaluate designs for manufacturability and implementation in a rapidly evolving production environment
  • Resolve product non-conformances and collaborate with the quality team to implement root cause corrective actions
  • Help manufacturing and engineering teams to identify, plan, and execute capital equipment, machine, and layout upgrades to meet volume production demand
  • Develop and refine floor layouts, capacity models, and product flow analysis to ensure on-time vehicle delivery to manifest

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in mechanical, manufacturing, aerospace, materials or industrial engineering
  • 5 + years of experience in an engineering role supporting structural fabrication, assembly, or welding

Preferred Skills & Experience:

  • Master’s degree in mechanical, manufacturing, aerospace, materials or industrial engineering
  • Experience with the build, assembly, or integration of large mechanical or structural assemblies
  • Knowledge of metallic manufacturing techniques, processes, and equipment related to welding, metal forming, fastening, drilling, bonding and automation
  • Strong CAD modeling skills
  • Mechanical component and/or tooling design and analysis experience
  • Aptitude with NX CAD
  • Experience with design for manufacture and assembly (DFMA)
  • Experience transition complex products from R&D to high-volume manufacturing in a fast-paced environment
  • Experience writing work instructions and procedures for critical aerospace parts
  • Experience in a production environment within the aerospace industry

Additional Requirements:

  • 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.