Senior PCB Designer

Long Beach, CA, United States


Full Time

5 months ago

Job description

At Vast, our mission is to contribute to a future where billions of people are living and thriving in space. We are building artificial gravity space stations, allowing long-term stays in space without the adverse effects of zero-gravity. Our initial crewed space habitat will be Haven-1, scheduled to be the world’s first commercial space station when it launches into low earth orbit in August 2025. Our team is all-in, committed to executing our mission safely and on time. If you want to work with the most talented people on Earth furthering space exploration for humanity, come join us.

Vast is looking for a Senior PCB Designer, reporting to the PCB Manager, 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 Long Beach location. 


  • Work with responsible engineers to produce printed circuits board designs
  • Design and layout custom printed circuit boards using IPC design standard and guidelines
  • Work with vendors to determine stack up, routing feasibilities & ensure designs meet the DFM guidelines
  • Collaborate with internal teams & PCB vendors to ensure board meet design requirements
  • Generate required artworks & drawings for fabrication and assembly
  • Develop and refine team processes for PCB design, part creation, and library/database standards
  • Create, maintain and design in Altium Vault
  • Develop PCB layout good practices and help train team members
  • Write scripts to simplify processes

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a technical field and 4+ years of experience or 8+ years of layout experience in lieu of Bachelor’s Degree.
  • 5+ years of experience with Altium Designer CAD tool
  • Experience with high-speed, impedance-controlled stack-up, multi-layer board layout design
  • Experience with fine pitch BGA routing, including blind buried vias
  • Experience with multi-rail power delivery and high-speed signal integrity constraints
  • Experience with design constraint management, including trace length matching, spacing rules, etc
  • CID or CID+ certification

Preferred Skills & Experience:

  • Experience with PCB library management, component generation, high-speed digital & mixed signal board layout, floor planning.
  • Good knowledge of IPC 2221A, IPC 6012 Class 3 and IPC 7351
  • Experience with variety of boards, including high density with 16 layers or more digital designs, power electronics, flex circuits & RF circuits
  • Expertise in PCB fabrication processes, limitations, design rules, and best practice
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to work cooperatively with others
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment

Pay Range: 

  • Senior PCB Designer III: $150,000-$170,000
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.

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