Manufacturing Engineer, ECLSS

Long Beach, California, United States


Full Time

a month 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) Manufacturing Engineer, ECLSS, reporting to the Acting Director, ECLSS, 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. 


  • Develop and optimize manufacturing processes and onboard equipment for environmental and thermal control systems, considering factors such as efficiency, quality, and cost-effectiveness. 
  • Design, fabricate, and activate ground support equipment and test articles in partnership with technicians, 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
  • Create and maintain detailed manufacturing plans, assembly procedures, and work instructions to ensure consistent and accurate production of thermal control systems. 
  • Identify and resolve manufacturing challenges by conducting root cause analysis and implementing corrective actions. 
  • Collaborate with design teams to provide input on the manufacturability, assembly, and test processes of thermal and environmental hardware components such as tubing, heat exchangers, cold plates, pumps, fans, valves, heaters, filters and MLI. 
  • Work closely with suppliers to ensure timely delivery of high-quality components, reviewing and approving supplier manufacturing processes. 
  • Perform hands-on assembly, integration, and testing of components, ensuring compliance with engineering specifications and industry standards. 
  • Collaborate with quality assurance teams to establish and maintain rigorous quality control processes for 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 applicable manufacturing to drive innovation within the company.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or a related field.
  • 3 + years of experience  in manufacturing engineering, preferably in the aerospace or environmental and thermal control industry.
  • Proficiency in CAD software (such as Siemens NX) for reviewing designs and creating manufacturing documentation.

Preferred Skills & Experience:

  • Strong communication and collaboration skills, with the ability to work effectively in cross-functional teams. 
  • Strong attention to detail and a commitment to producing high-quality work.
  • Strong GD&T skills, and experience creating and reviewing drawings.
  • Strong understanding of fluid systems, tube manufacturing processes, and assembly techniques.
  • Strong understanding of MLI manufacturing processes and assembly techniques.
  • Experience working with paints, coatings, and adhesives in an aerospace context.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to perform root cause analysis. 
  • Hands-on experience with testing and troubleshooting fluids components is desirable.
  • 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

Pay Range: 

  • Manufacturing Engineer, ECLSS Level I: $85,000-$109,700
  • Manufacturing Engineer, ECLSS Level II: $100,000-$132,000
  • Manufacturing Engineer, ECLSS Level III: $120,000-$164,600
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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