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Senior Propulsion Technician, Haven



Long Beach, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2024

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 Propulsion Technician, Haven, reporting to the Director of Haven Propulsion, to support the development of the systems that will be required for the design and build of artificial-gravity human-rated space stations and the Haven Demo Satellite. This will be a full-time, non-exempt position located at our Long Beach location.


  • Build and maintain facility, including Ground Support Equipment (GSE), propellant, high pressure, and cryogenic systems
  • Work alongside engineers to build, test, and maintain fluid systems
  • Work on test pad to perform cold flows, hot fire testing, and other hazardous operations
  • Troubleshoot and perform maintenance on fluid system, mechanical, and electrical systems
  • Work with engineers to build and maintain rocket engines and other test articles
  • Ability to conduct test operations in the field for extended period of time
  • Ability to operate or learn to operate heavy machinery (Forklift, All-terrain Forklift, overhead equipment, etc.)
  • Implement continuous improvements to increase safety and test site productivity.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalency certificate.
  • 3+ years of experience working in a production, mechanical, or manufacturing environment.

Preferred Skills & Experience:

  • Read & Understand Plumbing and Instrumentation Diagrams (P&IDs)
  • Experience building and testing high pressure fluid/gas systems.
  • Tube fitting & bending, familiar with common industry fittings systems.
  • Mechanical experience preferred.

Additional Requirements:

  • Willingness to work overtime, or weekends to support critical mission milestones.
  • Ability to lift up to 25 lbs unassisted.
  • Travel to Mojave for up to 10% as needed.
Salary Range: California
$40$50 USD
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.