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 Metrology Specialist, reporting to the Manager of Quality, 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, exempt position located in our Hawthorne location and will support our Long Beach location as needed. This role will be relocating full-time to Long Beach in 2024. 

The Metrology Specialist is responsible for calibrating, compensating, and repairing a wide range of Inspection, Measurement, and Test Equipment (IMTE), including electronic, physical-dimensional, mechanical, thermodynamic, and chemical equipment, to support world-class measurement applications and facilities. This role is pivotal in ensuring precision and quality throughout the organization. 

Responsibilities:

  • Oversee and manage relationships with external calibration service providers, ensuring they meet quality and regulatory requirements, and coordinating calibration activities to maintain the accuracy and reliability of measurement equipment
  • Establish and manage in-house calibration capabilities, including the selection, installation, and calibration of necessary equipment, to enhance efficiency and control over measurement processes while reducing reliance on external calibration services
  • Maintain and manage a comprehensive calibration database to track and document equipment calibration schedules, results, and historical records, ensuring the integrity of measurement data and compliance with AS9100 standards
  • Facilitate the integration of all calibrated tool inventories into ERP System, to enable tracking, traceability, and accessibility of measurement data, leading to improved data management and process efficiency
  • Manage the maintenance and repair of measurement equipment to maximize reliability and longevity
  • Collect and analyze measurement data to identify trends, variations, and areas for improvement in processes and products.
  • Maintain accurate records of measurement procedures, calibration results, and equipment maintenance
  • Assure compliance of VAST Metrology to VAST Quality Management System, AS9100D and ISO9001 requirements
  • Follow procedures to perform routine and complex tasks related to the calibration, compensation, repair and maintenance of electronic, physical–dimensional, mechanical, thermodynamic and/or chemical IMTE
  • Use measurement reference standards and calibration systems to verify conformance of IMTE with associated performance criteria
  • Drive assessment, modification, and implementation of metrology processes, applications, and improvements
  • Support IMTE end users and owners regarding IMTE use and measurement best practices
  • Serve as IMTE subject matter expert for supported measurement parameters

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalency certificate
  • 1+ years of experience in the repair and calibration of IMTE

Preferred Skills and Experiences: 

  • 3+ years of professional and / or academic experience
  • Experience using, calibrating, compensating and / or repairing high accuracy, high precision measurement equipment
  • Training in defense, aerospace, energy and / or medical settings
  • Excellent quantitative and verbal reasoning skills
  • AC / DC low frequency IMTE calibration, compensation and repair experience
  • Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory (PMEL) and/or Test Measurement and Diagnostic Equipment (TMDE) experience
  • Familiarity with ISO / IEC 17025, AS9100D and ISO9001
  • Familiarity with Calibration Management and Metrology Information Systems (MIS), specifically IndySoft
  • American Society for Quality (ASQ) Certified Calibration Technician (CCT)
  • Experience with and in-depth knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)

Additional Requirements: 

  • Able to lift up to 25 lbs. Unassisted
  • Ability to work overtime and weekends as needed
  • Ability to balance and provide timely execution of multiple assigned tasks and projects

Pay Range:

  • Metrology Specialist I: $80,000 - $95,000
  • Metrology Specialist II: $90,000 - $110,000
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.

U.S. EXPORT CONTROL COMPLIANCE STATUS

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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