Additive Manufacturing Engineer - #1701896


Date: 2 days ago
City: Hawthorne, CA
Salary: $80,000 - $105,000 per year
Contract type: Full time
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 Additive Manufacturing Engineer, reporting to the Senior Manager of Advanced Manufacturing, be responsible for the design, development, and testing of all aspects of the additive process with a focus on machines, software, part design and analysis, and additive techniques.

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


  • Design, develop, and test all aspects of the additive manufacturing process.
  • Create optimized build files for current and future products including support design and powder removal design.
  • Work with all engineering teams to develop additive manufacturing processes for new designs that leverage the full capability of the technology.
  • Work with new machines from installation through troubleshooting, calibration, and maintenance, while developing standard operating procedures and communicating with machine suppliers to address needs and problems.
  • Develop additive material parameters to optimize printing capabilities.
  • Produce reports, procedures, and manuals to document results to mature development processes for production.
  • Work with all engineering teams to help develop.
  • Investigate and develop new additive technologies as it relates to business needs.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in aeronautical, aerospace, mechanical engineering, or other engineering discipline.
  • 2+ years of experience in propulsions design or development of metallic additive technologies.
  • Deep knowledge of metal additive manufacturing technology.

Preferred Skills And Experience

  • Master’s degree in aerospace or mechanical engineering.
  • 2+ years of experience operating additive machines, including parameter developments and process control.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to interface with engineering and manufacturing groups to understand process constraints and provide design inputs for improved manufacturability.
  • Knowledge of various additive and subtractive manufacturing and joining techniques for metals.
  • Solid understanding of optics and lasers.
  • Experience with setting up and running multifactorial design of experiments (DOE’s).
  • Ability to perform trade studies using first principles and engineering fundamentals.
  • Proficient in basic principles of compressible and incompressible flow, thermodynamics, thermochemistry, mechanics, materials, and electrical circuits.
  • Experience with NX, Solidworks.
  • Experience with additive slicing softwares and parameter manipulation.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to succinctly present recommendations.
  • Passion for advancing additive manufacturing technology.
  • Able to work well in an integrated collaborative team environment.
  • Highly self-motivated and able to prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment.

Pay Range

  • Additive Manufacturing Engineer Level I: $80,000-$105,000
  • Additive Manufacturing Engineer Level II: $100,000-$130,000

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.


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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