Environmental and Thermal Controls Systems Technician

Long Beach, CA, United States


Full Time

16 days 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(n) Environmental and Thermal Control Systems Technician, reporting to the Senior Environmental and Thermal Control Systems Engineer, 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, non-exempt position located in our Long Beach location. 


  • Assemble, install and test flight hardware, including high pressure fluids systems, oxygen systems, and refrigerant systems
  • Fabricate, clean, and activate ground support equipment and test articles in partnership with engineering, with a focus on pressurized ground systems
  • Operate, troubleshoot, repair, maintain, and modify manufacturing and testing equipment, including pressurized systems from vacuum to 20,000 psig, pneumatic and hydraulic, oxygen systems, refrigerant systems, and data and control systems
  • Support development, acceptance, qualification, and investigative test campaigns via build and operation of ground support and flight equipment
  • Maintain laboratory and workshop, including cleanliness, stocking of consumables, tool control, and supporting design and build infrastructure to support above activities
  • Read and interpret technical drawings and work instructions in support of above activities

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 2+ years of experience working in a manufacturing, test, operations, HVAC or other relevant role
  • High School Diploma or equivalency certificate

Preferred Skills & Experience:

  • Experience in the aerospace, power and gas, military, or other high-reliability manufacturing industry
  • Experience in the HVAC or industrial gas industry
  • Experience with precision cleaning and assembly of precision-cleaned systems
  • Experience working in a cleanroom environment
  • Experience building, modifying, troubleshooting, maintaining, and operating high pressure equipment
  • Experience building, modifying, troubleshooting, maintaining, and operating automation and control systems, including data acquisition systems, programmable logic controllers, etc
  • Experience with hazardous systems - cryogenic, flammable, pyrophoric, hypergolic, or high voltage
  • Demonstrated success in a role requiring quick thinking and problem solving
  • Experience with forklifts, cranes, aerial platforms, and other industrial equipment
  • Experience with JIRA project management software and Confluence
  • Experience with relevant aerospace testing standards (SMC-S-016, MIL-STD-810G, GSFC-STD-7000B, etc.)
  • Skilled in operation of machinery and hand tools
  • Able to work effectively in a team environment
  • Comfortable working in a rapidly changing, ambiguous environment balancing multiple projects with flexibility. 

Additional Requirements:

  • Ability to travel up to 25% of the time
  • Willingness to work evenings and/or weekends to support critical mission milestones
  • Ability to lift up to 25 lbs unassisted
  • Specific certifications, as appropriate

Pay Range: 

  • Environmental and Thermal Controls Systems Technician II: $28.00 - $35.00 / per hour
  • Environmental and Thermal Controls Systems Technician III: $32.00 - $38.00 / per hour
  • Sr. Environmental and Thermal Controls Systems Technician: $40.00 - $55.00 / per hour
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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