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Propulsion Test Technician, E-2 Development



hawthorne, ca, usa
Posted on Sunday, October 15, 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 Propulsion Test Technician, reporting to the Director of E-2 Engineering, to support the Launcher E-2 liquid rocket engine development program. This will be a full-time, non-exempt position located in our Hawthorne location.We have the ambitious goal for E-2 to be the world’s highest-performing engine for small launchers, while optimized for mass production and low cost. You will be a key team member helping complete the development of our E-2 engine towards a completed and reliable high-performance product.


  • Assemble, install, and test E-2 hardware.
  • Perform water flow and high pressure pneumatic and hydrostatic testing of components.
  • Participate in development engine integration and testing at our Mojave Test Site.
  • Build and troubleshoot fluid systems involving pressurized cylinders, regulators, tanks, valves, tubing, fittings, and other plumbing elements.
  • Install instrumentation onto test articles.
  • Overhaul E-2 engines and propulsion components (TCA, TPA, preburner, valves, and more) as needed for inspections and repairs.
  • Read and interpret technical drawings, and follow detailed work instructions.
  • Perform work according to procedures, specifications, and test instructions.
  • Use precision calibrated tools – torque wrenches, micrometers and calipers.
  • Use various mechanical tools without instruction.
  • Collaborate with production engineers and quality personnel to develop and document activities.
  • Communicate effectively with the team to regularly provide updates on progress and issues.
  • Always follow proper safety procedures and wear personal protective equipment in the workplace.
  • Perform other related duties, as assigned, for the purpose of ensuring an efficient and effective work environment.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalency certificate.
  • 2+ years experience in hardware assembly and/or testing in a manufacturing or aerospace environment.

Preferred Skills & Experience:

  • Experience in the aerospace industry, aviation, military or other high-reliability operating environments.
  • Knowledge of pressure, temperature and flow measurement devices, mechanical and electrical systems, and propulsion engines.
  • Skill in operating and manipulating machinery and various hand and power tools requiring manual dexterity.
  • A demonstrated ability in reading/understanding technical drawings, manuals and reports.
  • Ability to use precision measuring instruments.
  • Experience installing instrumentation and making cables.
  • Comfortable working in a high-stress environment balancing several projects at any given time, and the flexibility to adjust for abrupt changes in strategic direction.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment.
  • Ability to rapidly change roles/responsibilities while working in a high-paced, challenging work environment.
  • Ability to effectively communicate (verbal and written) with engineering and production.
  • Proficient with computers and the ability to use MS Office.
  • Experience with forklifts, cranes and heavy equipment.

Additional Requirements:

  • Willingness to travel occasionally (up to 25% of the time).
  • Willingness to work overtime, or weekends to support critical mission milestones.
    • Occasional Saturday and weekend support when necessary.
  • Ability to stand for extended periods, up to 8 hours.
  • Ability to lift up to 25 lbs unassisted.
Base salary will vary depending on job-related knowledge, education, skills, experience, business needs, and market demand. Salary is just one component of our comprehensive compensation package. Full-time employees also receive company equity, as well as access to a full suite of compelling benefits and perks, including: 100% medical, dental, and vision coverage for employees and dependents, flexible paid time off for exempt staff and up to 15 days of vacation for non-exempt staff, paid parental leave, short and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, free catered meals and snacks and beverages, access to a 401(k) retirement plan, One Medical membership, ClassPass credits, personalized mental healthcare through Spring Health, and other discounts and perks.


The person hired will have access to information and items subject to U.S. export controls, and therefore, must either be a “U.S. person” as defined by 22 C.F.R. § 120.62 or otherwise eligible for deemed export licensing. This status includes U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, lawful permanent residents (green card holders), and asylees and refugees with such status granted, not pending.
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.