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Sr. Propulsion Test Engineer



Quality Assurance
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 Sr. Propulsion Test Engineer, reporting to the Head of Propulsion Engineering, to support the development of the propulsion 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 at our Long Beach location.


  • Sit on console as Test Conductor running hotfire tests.
  • Lead hazardous operations including work with high pressure fluids
  • Write test procedures for hazardous operations
  • Support Test Readiness Reviews (TRRs)
  • Work side by side with the test stand technicians during the engine install and test
  • Work collaboratively with GSE engineers in the design and modification of fluid and electrical systems on the engine test stands

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline
  • 2+ years of experience in the operation, design and development of fluid systems
  • Experience with hardware testing

Preferred Skills & Experience:

  • Propulsion experience in collegiate rocket program
  • Experience handling cryogenic fluids
  • Experience with NX and Teamcenter
  • Experience with Epsilon3
  • Experience with JIRA / Confluence
  • Experience building and testing high pressure fluid/gas systems
  • Tube fitting & bending, familiar with common industry fittings systems
  • Read & interpret Plumbing and Instrumentation Diagrams (P&IDs)
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, along with effective teamwork abilities
  • Ability to work in multi-disciplinary teams
  • Ability and willingness to thrive in a fast-paced, rapidly changing work environment

Additional Requirements:

  • Willingness to work overtime, or weekends to support critical mission milestones
  • Ability to lift up to 25 lbs unassisted
Salary Range: California
$135,000$170,000 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.