Quality Engineer



51-200 employees

Designs, manufactures, and operates space stations.


$84,200 - $106,700


Junior, Mid

West Athens, CA, USA

  • Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, materials engineering, manufacturing engineering, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, or other engineering discipline.
  • 3+ years of related engineering experience in aerospace with emphasis in quality engineering, systems engineering, and/or project management.
  • Responsible partner with design engineering and manufacturing teams through product development and manufacturing to create quality plans for flight hardware, including identification of key characteristics, prototype testing for functionality and manufacturability, first article and detailed inspection planning, and consideration of past failures and lessons learned.
  • Develop, implement and validate Lean test and inspection processes for new and existing products and process, ensuring that criteria are objective and that quality goals are consistently met.
  • Design, implement, and monitor quality controls across the product lifecycle, ensuring early issue detection and resolution resulting in products that meet or exceed customer expectations.
  • Ensure that our products remain compliant with industry standards and regulations.
  • Analyze current processes and identify opportunities for efficiency improvements.
  • Conduct regular build quality reviews to ensure that design intent is achieved and well-communicated; identify opportunities for risk reduction and removal of complexity in designs and processes to improve manufacturability, collaborating with integrated product teams to drive improvements and address high-impact and repeating non-conformances.
  • Perform in-depth analyses to determine the underlying causes, enabling targeted corrective and preventive actions that address the core problems and prevent recurrence.
  • Proactively identify opportunities for process optimization and waste reduction.
  • Establish data-driven quality metrics and key performance indicators.
  • Work closely with various departments, including R&D, Manufacturing, and Supply Chain to facilitate the sharing of quality-related insights and best practices, fostering a cohesive and unified approach to quality standards, and effective quality control methodologies.
  • Champion a culture of continuous improvement by promoting quality awareness, providing training, and facilitating improvement projects.
  • Investigate failures in manufacturing, test and flight, identifying and mitigating the immediate and underlying root causes in order to reduce risk and improve reliability of designs and processes.
  • Contain suspect or known non-conforming product, providing guidance to quality inspectors, technicians, shop supervisors and engineers to assist in quarantining and rework activities.
  • Support the shop floor in continuous improvement and the advancing of a Lean, autonomous production system through creation of standard rework/repair guides, removal of redundant or unnecessary inspection, and improved control and optimization of critical processes.

Vast is a forward-thinking company that is not only constructing a space station but also fostering a culture of passion and inclusivity, with a focus on enhancing human productivity in space. Their competitive edge lies in their extensive facilities in Long Beach and Hawthorne, CA, where they design, manufacture, and operate their projects, showcasing their technical prowess and industry leadership. The company's commitment to hiring top talent and their ambitious vision of expanding humanity across the solar system make it an exciting and rewarding place to work.

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Long Beach, California



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