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 an Avionics Test Engineer, reporting to the Staff Avionics Engineer, to design and develop and execute creative testing solutions for all the electronic hardware and software for our Haven commercial space station program.  This includes but is not limited to: flight computers, power conversion units, analog and digital circuit boards, FPGA’s, and communication system units. You will be expected to create new test systems from the ground up, to play a critical role in the success of our avionics systems.  

This will be a full-time, exempt position located in our Long Beach location.

Responsibilities: 

  • Perform hands-on testing of Avionics components and systems applying core Avionics test principles.
  • Perform receiving inspections/checkouts of COTS Avionics components from partner vendors.
  • Perform Avionics testing at the system level during vehicle integration and pre-ship checkouts.
  • Provide test results to other team members in concise and organized fashion.
  • Design test fixtures for complex antenna and Avionics component test setups. 
  • Design and build Avionics test racks for component and system level testing, automating the testing process where applicable. 
  • Partner with manufacturing and integration engineers to develop work instructions and installation procedures for integrating and testing Avionics hardware. 
  • Work closely with and consistently provide feedback to responsible design engineers, manufacturing engineers, and test lab teams to drive design or infrastructure improvements to increase product reliability and yield.
  • Create root-cause test setups to ensure issues are understood and recreate on-orbit situations allowing continuous improvements to the Avionics systems.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering or other engineering discipline.
  • 2+ years of experience with avionics design, analysis, and/or unit level testing (significant academic projects, internships, and traditional professional experience all qualify).
  • Experience with Avionics test equipment such as oscilloscopes, multimeters, current probes.

Preferred Skills & Experience:

  • Ability to communicate highly technical topics to a wide variety of audiences.
  • Ability to creatively solve problems and weigh against multi-disciplinary requirements together while assessing risk and making design and development decisions. 
  • Familiarity with voltage and signal measurement techniques and tools such as signal integrity, eye diagrams, 
  • Experience with test equipment and measurement techniques to verify and validate product requirements
  • Understanding of electrical schematics and electronics manufacturing to analyze and improve test coverage
  • Understanding of metrology, sources of measurement error, and uncertainty analysis
  • Experience developing object oriented software
  • Experience analyzing circuits and developing functional test plans
  • Experience with testing analog and digital electronics for spaceflight environments, verifying workmanship and operability through environmental test (random vibration, shock, thermal, burn-in, and TVAC).
  • Experience with software programming: Matlab, LabVIEW, Python, C/C++, JS, etc.

Additional Requirements:

  • Ability to travel up to 10% travel to support launch campaigns.

Pay Range: 

  • Avionics Test Engineer Level I: $100,000-$110,000.
  • Avionics Test Engineer Level II: $110,000-$145,000.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
 
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.

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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.
 

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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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